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Going To College

school_keturahOkay. You’ve figured out that you want to go to college and you know what kind of career you want to prepare for. But, what does it take to actually GET to college? How do you apply? What kind of courses should you sign up for? What do you need to do while you’re still in high school to prepare? And, most important, how in the world are you going to pay for it? Easy. Read on.

How To Prepare

Preparing for college. It doesn’t have to be hard, but you do have to get organized. Our friends at have all the tips and tools you’ll need to make sure you’re doing the right things in high school to make it to college.

Need to finish a high school degree?

The Middle College Program at Virginia’s Community Colleges can help those ages 18-24 finish high school and begin workforce certifications and college courses. Or, look into Virginia’s Race to GED program.

Select A School

Selecting the right school takes a little bit of time. Should you choose the one closest to home? Does it have the program you need to prepare for your career? The Virginia Education Wizard can help find the right school for you.

How To Apply

Ready to apply to college? There’s a lot of paperwork, but don’t worry–we’ll walk you through it here.


You got in. Now what? It’s important that you choose the right courses to prepare for your career and get your degree or certificate.

Get Advice

Need advice? Counselors are available at each Virginia Community College to help you navigate the process and make the right decisions.

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