Two-year degree given by a junior college
A four-year degree given by a college or university (basic degree)
An advanced degree requiring at least one year of study beyond a bachelor's degree
The highest degree given, requiring at least three years of study beyond a bachelor's degree
Junior College/Community College
A learning institution extending through the first two years of college and offering an associate's degree
A learning institution, which is divided into distinct schools or colleges, offering bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degrees.
Federal Service Academy
A learning institution that provides a fully funded four-year education and training that prepares candidates for service as commissioned officers for the U.S.
College or university that accepts almost any applicant with a high school diploma or the equivalent (G.E.D.)
University that will admit all or most applicants that meet its specific requirements, which will vary.
Like selective admissions, in that applicants must meet specific requirements, but they do not accept every student meeting those requirements.
Top 10% Rule
Texas law that guarantees Texas students who graduated in the top 10% of their high school class, automatic admission to all state-funded universities. (Exception for UT, starting in 2011.)
Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is a form that must be filled out to apply for financial aid provided by the U.S. government.
Financial Aid that does NOT need to be repaid, given to a student because of some sort of achievement, (grades, sports, talents, etc.)
Financial Aid that DOES need to be repaid, with interest after graduation.
A test that measures verbal and mathematical abilities (does not include science)
A test taken early in high school. Scores on this test can qualify you for a National Merit Scholarship
A test that measures English, reading, math, and scientific reasoning
Tuition & Fees
The amount of money charged by a school for instruction time
Room & Board
The cost associated with housing and food
Cost of Attendance
The overall estimated cost of attending a college or university. It usually includes: tuition & fees, room & board, books, transportation, plus personal & miscellaneous costs.