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While our primary goal is to help you find ways to pay for school and navigate a perplexing financial aid application process, we’re also here to help you get into, prepare for, and adapt to college. We’re constantly expanding our library of resources to cover all aspects of college life and the preparation required while you’re still in high school to get yourself ready for college life. Browse through our resources for useful tips and advice that will have you feeling more comfortable about your upcoming college experience; while the transition from high school to higher education isn’t an easy one, there are ways to prepare so that you’re not as stressed out about it as you could be. Additionally, it certainly always helps to have as much information and organizational tools as possible. Download and print any and all of the below if you think they might help and read on for still more helpful information.

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Campus Life

Once you’re actually on campus, you’ll have a lot to get used to in order to adjust to college life. If you’re not sure what to expect of that first year in college – and don’t worry, few freshman do – we have tips on everything from what people mean when they say "the college lifestyle" to the basics of college cooking and preparing for roommates and communal living. If you plan on balancing work and college to pay your way through school, we have advice on that as well, plus some information on money management. We know what it’s like to live on a college student’s budget and while it IStough, it’s also possible without getting into too much credit card debt. Knowing what to expect before you get on campus is a good strategy that will leave you with more time to get excited about the college experience rather than worry about it. Below are some of the topics covered in our "Campus Life" section:

College Prep

College prep doesn’t start when you’re already on campus - it happens when you’re still in high school. If you start the college planning process early, you’ll be on the right track toward figuring out what you want out of your college search and what you need to do to get accepted to the school of your dreams. We have tips on applying and preparing for college, choosing the right school, choosing a major, and helping you understand the benefits of enrolling in one kind of college class over another, to start. While the decisions you’ll be making throughout high school about what you’d like to do and where you’d like to go post-graduation are major ones, you’ll feel a lot less overwhelmed by them if you know what’s expected of you before starting the process. Below are some of the topics covered in our "College Prep" section:

Public Service & Volunteering

Whether you’re still in high school, on a college campus, or looking for alternatives to the traditional 9-to-5 office job after graduation, there are endless opportunities in both public service and volunteerism. While it is true that the number of young people interested in giving back has increased over the years, the need for altruistic individuals has grown right alongside those figures. Whether you’re a seasoned volunteer or new to the idea, we have resources for you. From finding ways to pay for that unpaid or low-paying position to where to start if this is your first time looking into both public service and volunteer jobs, you'll find that information in our "Public Service & Volunteering" section below:

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