FOR STUDENTS

Why College?
The case for college is clear. People who complete higher education are more satisfied with their careers, wealthier, and better prepared to achieve their dreams.
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By 2020, more than 60% of job openings in GA will require some form of post-secondary education
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Bachelor’s degree holders are 24% more likely to be employed than those with only a high school diploma
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Those with only a high school degree are 3.75 times more likely to live in poverty than those with a bachelor’s degree
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Workers with a bachelor’s degree make $1.1m more over a lifetime than their counterparts with just a high school diploma
A Path to College Success
College success is a realistic and attainable goal. Start today and take it step by step.
Getting To:
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Set your sights on college.
Set your sights on college. If you don’t believe it already, college is a real option for you! And if you’re not convinced, have a real conversation about it with your college adviser or school counselor. Taking the next step to higher education can set you on a path to achieve your dreams, whatever they are.
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Hit the books and keep your grades up.
College is a step up in many ways, not the least of which is academics. It’s no secret: one of the keys to getting to college and succeeding once you’re there is to do the very best you can in high school.
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Check out what college is really like.
The best way to see yourself at college is to get a preview. Ask your college adviser about options to visit a local school and take a tour. To get a taste for what college-level study is like, ask your school counselor about dual enrollment opportunities.
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Take college entrance exams…seriously.
ACT, SAT or ACCUPLACER scores are required for admission to Georgia public colleges as well as most private and out-of-state colleges. Preparation for these exams is essential. Ask your principal, college adviser, or school counselor about how to get ready for test day.
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Apply to college
Work with your family to find a good “fit and match”. With nearly 5,000 2-year, technical and 4-year institutions in the US, applying to school should be about finding the place where YOU are most likely to succeed. Understand your options and work with your college adviser or school counselor to find the right choice for you.
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Complete the FAFSA and look for scholarships.
Your first step in getting money to pay for school should be to complete the FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Learn more about the FAFSA here, check out the Achieve Atlanta Scholarship, and search for other scholarships here.
Getting Through:
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Reach out for help when you need it.
Whether it’s studying for your first mid-terms, learning how to manage your schedule, or just getting comfortable with life at college, the best thing you can do for yourself is ask for help when you need it. Seek out older students, advisors, and professors when you feel stressed or have questions.
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Get involved and get connected.
College can feel intimidating and even foreign sometimes. The trick is to find your community. Getting involved in student activities is one of the best ways to pull this off. And it makes school much more fun too!
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Start early in thinking about the next step.
Higher education pays dividends and opens doors to future opportunity. To make sure you’re able to get the return on the investment you’re making in yourself, start exploring careers early. Visit Career Services at your school to ask about internships, co-op opportunities, and career paths.
Student Checklists
Select your grade below and download your student checklist.

Information and Tools

10 Questions to “Discover Your Future”
Check out this slideshow on the College Board’s Big Future website. While you’re there, be sure to explore the great information throughout the site.

The College Scorecard
Search the US Dept. of Education’s database for details on 2-year and 4-year programs nationwide. Learn more about school graduation rates, average annual cost, and salary after attending.

Connections to cash for school
Explore this site from the Georgia Student Finance Commission to learn about a range of college scholarships including the HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarships.

Compare Colleges
The Education Trust’s College Results online tool let’s you compare the schools you’re interested in to find the best option for you.

Finding Federal Aid
Get information on the FAFSA and more at the US Department of Education’s official financial aid site.

Bring Your College Application to Life
Create a profile with Zee Mee as a way to show colleges who YOU are.

Important Events

Achieve Atlanta Scholarship

The Achieve Atlanta scholarship is a need-based award designed to support APS students pursuing various post-secondary paths after high school.

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