Returning to school, whether it be to follow through on your high school equivilency or enroll/re-enroll in college requires a lot of planning. There are more than a few steps to take before you actually step onto the classroom. There are four basic areas to address when continuing your education; career goals, program admission, financial aid considerations, and class registration. Here is a quick overview.
Not everyone knows exactly what they want to be when they "grow up." If you're ready to pursue a career instead of just moving from job to job, your advisor can help you identify a career path. Together you will explore your career path interests, including a look at whether there is demand for people in this field and how much you would get paid. Consider whether this career path fits your personality, your personal needs and lifestyle, and your family’s needs. Your EOC advisor will ask you questions to help you clarify your goals. You will be informed about the requirements and options associated with your career ideas.
After reviewing your options, you can make an educated choose on the program that leads to your career choice. Then you will complete the admission process, choose a field of study, see an advisor from this institution, choose which classes you will take during your first semester and complete the registration process. Many colleges have deadlines that require you to begin the process three to six months before classes begin.
Finding funds to pay for college can be a challenge. You increase your chances for success if you invest time and energy to identify those grants, scholarships, or loans for which you may be eligible.
The EOC helps eligible participants understand and navigate the financial aid process in order to find funds to attend college, university, or vocational school. The EOC does not take in money nor does it provide funds to participants. The EOC acts as a clearinghouse to help participants identify the sources of funding for which they may be eligible and apply for the funding. Most colleges require that you complete the online federal financial aid application (FAFSA) four to six months before the first day of classes.
A grant is funding that does not have to be repaid. Examples of grants are the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), or Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG).
A scholarship is funding that is awarded for an accomplishment. There are community-based scholarships awarded from local groups or businesses and there are institutional scholarships awarded to students attending a specific institution. A list of institutional scholarships is normally provided by the financial aid office at the institution you are applying for. If not, ask the financial aid office.
A loan is funding that must be repaid. Student loans, unlike grants, are borrowed money that must be repaid, with interest, just like car loans or mortgages. Loans are a legal obligation. You cannot have these loans cancelled because you didn’t like the education you received, didn’t get a job in your field of study, or because you’re having financial difficulty.
- If you have a high school diploma or GED and never attended college, you are ready to get started. Just call the EOC office nearest your home or workplace and set an appointment today.
- If you do not have a high school diploma or GED, call our office and set an appointment today.
- If you have an associate’s degree, we can help you enroll in a four-year institution to earn your bachelor’s degree. Just call the EOC office nearest your home or workplace and set an appointment today.
- If you started college but never finished, we can help you to re-enroll. just call the EOC office nearest your home or workplace and set an appointment today.
For questions about EOC services Tarrant County residents call 817-531-2657 and Dallas County residents call 214-920-9288.
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