Once you have an idea of what you want to study, research colleges that offer an academic program in that area. Here’s how to get started.
Step 1: Learn about the types of college degrees.
Diploma/Certificate – Specialized training that typically takes a year or less to complete.
Associate – A two-year degree offered by community colleges and career schools.
Bachelor’s – A four-year degree offered by colleges and universities.
Master’s – Typically takes 1-2 years to complete after earning a bachelor’s degree.
Doctorate – Earned after completing a bachelor’s or master’s degree.
Step 2: Learn about colleges in Nebraska.
Here’s where you can find details:
- “Nebraska Colleges” lists all colleges and has links to adult learner programs, online programs, and veteran services.
- College Profiles has details about schools in Nebraska and across the country.
Step 3. Visit the college(s) you’re interested in attending.
Ask an admissions representative about:
- Academic programs for careers that interest you
- Admission requirements and deadlines
- Alternative class schedules to fit your needs, such as:
- Online degree programs
- Evening courses
- Weekend programs
- Accelerated degree programs
- Transferring credits from previous college courses
- Resources for military veterans
- Accommodations for a disability
Ask a financial aid representative about:
- When to apply for financial aid
Which FAFSA to complete depending on when you start college
- The cost of tuition, fees, books, and supplies
- Scholarships for adult learners
- How to pay for housing costs
Step 4: Apply for admission.
As you prepare to apply to the college you selected, be aware that they may request your high school transcript or GED certificate. If you’re a fairly recent high school graduate, the college will ask for ACT or SAT scores. Community colleges may require a placement test such as Accuplacer or Companion.