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Set : Finding the Right School

Does your child want to stay close to home, or move far away? Are they really into sports, or want a school that has more art and culture activities? Are they hoping to live on campus in a residence hall, or in an off-campus apartment?

These are things your child will want to consider when choosing a school. While academic programs are very important, there are a lot of factors that go into picking a school or program.

Try not to get too hung up on the cost of school, since there are a variety of financial aid resources, but it is still an important component to consider.

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Make sure you consider all types of schools when choosing your higher education path:

Two-Year Colleges

Two-year colleges are usually called community or technical colleges. Examples of these include Big Bend Community College and Lake Washington Technical College. These schools offer associate degrees and certificate programs. Washington community and technical colleges teach specific subjects like computer programming, graphic design, early childhood education, and automotive technology, and general subjects like history, math, and English. With some two-year degrees, you can transfer directly to a four-year school.

Four-Year Colleges and Universities

Four-year colleges and universities are popular choices for students who go to college right after high school. These can be public, like The Evergreen State College, or private, like Whitworth College. Both types offer certificates, four-year degrees, and graduate degrees in areas such as business, history, biology, math, English, education, and more.

Private Vocational Colleges

Private vocational colleges are sometimes called voc-tech or trade schools. They often partner with unions and trade groups to offer apprentice and journeyman programs in fields like plumbing, carpentry, or welding. The length of each program varies, but many can take three or more years to complete.

Proprietary or For-Profit Schools

Proprietary or for-profit schools can offer master’s and bachelor’s degrees, but most also offer associate degrees or certificates in office management, medical assistance, cosmetology, dental hygiene, computer systems engineering, and more. Examples of these schools include the University of Phoenix, Bryman College, and Clare’s Beauty College. Again, the length of each program varies. Many take less than one year to complete.