5 Steps Toward Attending Grad School

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If you have a bachelor’s degree, the next logical step for some students is grad school. With an advanced degree your job opportunities can increase and you possibly can make much more money over the life of your career.

Have you started the steps necessary to obtain a graduate degree? If not, the following step-by-step instructions can guide you through the process:

Graduate Prep

  • economic projections — how much more can you make per year if you have an advanced degree vs. not having one?
  • career and job types — what doors will open to you through having a grad degree?
  • best jobs for the future — long term, what types of jobs will be most popular?
  • personal assessment — what do you want to do?

School Search

  • graduate programs — what program parallels your course of study?
  • colleges and universities — which schools offer the degree you need?
  • distant learning programs — can you obtain a degree online?
  • community colleges — grad classes are sometimes held at your local community college.

Admission

  • what’s needed to get into school — your undergrad GPA could be a factor.
  • admission tests and application form — will you need a GRE, GMAT, or other entrance test?
  • essays and recommendations — work and school references.
  • work experience and sponsor — your work history may be an important factor in helping you gain admittance into some programs.

Pay For School

  • calculating program costs — cost per credit, fees, and books.
  • review the financial aid process — do you qualify for assistance?
  • financial aid options — what options are available to you for help?
  • student loans, scholarships, other — should you get a federal or private student loan? Check out scholarships, grants, and employee tuition reimbursement.

Getting Ready

  • developing study skills — do you time to study?
  • moving to school checklist — will you be attending school on campus?
  • building discipline — can you balance work, family, and studying?
  • important credit skills — what financial choices can you make today to help you keep your credit intact while attending college?

Clearly, balancing work, study, and life issues is one of the biggest challenges for the student seeking an advanced degree, something thousands of students manage each year. By following the outlined steps, you can get a clear picture of what you expect during the time you are going for your advanced degree.

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