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ACT
The ACT college readiness assessment is a standardized test for high school achievement and college admissions in the United States
SAT
The SAT is a standardized test widely used for college admissions in the United States.
PSAT
The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a standardized test administered by the College Board and cosponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) in the United States.
College prep courses
College Prep Courses. Many high schools offer Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) classes that prepare students for the rigors of college coursework.
Dual Credit
Dual credit in effect enrolls students in college courses while they are still in high school, allowing them to earn credit for both.
Articulation Agreements
Articulation Agreements are formal agreements (or some would call a partnership) between two or more Colleges and Universities. documenting the transfer policies for a specific academic program or degree in general.
Dual enrollment
In the United States, dual enrollment (DE) programs allow students to be enrolled in two separate, academically related institutions
Advanced Placement
Advanced Placement (AP) is a program in the United States and Canada created by the College Board which offers college-level curricula and examinations to high school students.
Apprenticeship
Earn and learn at the same time through one of our job-driven training programs in your state
Co-op programs
Co-operative Education (Co-op) is a type of internship program that enables college students to receive career training with pay as they work with professionals in their major fields of study
Gap year
a period, typically an academic year, taken by a student as a break between secondary school and higher education.
admission/application/acceptance
the process or fact of entering or being allowed to enter a place, organization, or institution./a formal request to an authority for something./the action or process of being received as adequate or suitable, typically to be admitted into a group.
post-secondary education
The definition of postsecondary is a reference to any education beyond high school. An example of postsecondary is a college education.
associate's degree
An associate degree (or associate's degree) is an undergraduate academic degree awarded by colleges and universities upon completion of a course of study intended to usually last two years
bachelor's degree
A bachelor's degree (from Middle Latin baccalaureus) or baccalaureate (from Modern Latin baccalaureatus) is an undergraduate academic degree awarded by colleges and universities upon completion of a course of study lasting three to seven years
community or technical college
A community college is a type of educational institution. The term can have different meanings in different countries, but usually refers to an educational institution that provides workforce education and college transfer academic programs.
certificate
an official document attesting a certain fact, in particular
cost of attendance
As dictated by Congress, the COA is the average cost to attend for one academic year (fall through spring). It includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, transportation, and personal expenses.
doctoral degree
A doctorate degree is the highest level of academic degree. Everyone is familiar with the medical doctor, who holds an M.D. (Medical Doctorate). But you can earn a doctorate in almost any subject area. For example, most states require licensed psychologists to hold a doctorate degree in psychology.
enlist
enroll or be enrolled in the armed services.
extra curricular activities
extracurricular. ... Being involved in extracurricular activities in high school — like sports or journalism — can help you get accepted to the college of your choice.
fees
a payment made to a professional person or to a professional or public body in exchange for advice or services.
financial aid
Financial Aid is any grant or scholarship, loan, or paid employment offered to help a student meet his/her college expenses.
free application for federal student aid (FAFSA)
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a form that can be prepared annually by current and prospective college students (undergraduate and graduate) in the United States to determine their eligibility for student financial aid.
journey-level worker/trade professional
Journey-level experience applies to a person who has completed an apprenticeship program or is an experienced worker, not a trainee, and is fully qualified and able to perform a specific trade without supervision.
lifelong learning
Lifelong learning is the "ongoing, voluntary, and self-motivated" pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons. Therefore, it not only enhances social inclusion, active citizenship, and personal development, but also self-sustainability, as well as competitiveness and employability.
master's degrees
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A master's degree is the first level of graduate study. To apply for a master degree you usually must already hold an undergraduate degree (a bachelor's degree). A master's degree typically requires a year and one-half to two years of full-time study.
work study
Federal Work-Study provides part-time jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need , allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. The program encourages community service work and work related to the student's course of study
merit-based financial aid
The Basics on Merit-Based Aid. Some money for college is awarded without regard for financial need. This type of college aid is usually awarded for a student's academic achievements in high school, as well as for special talents and unique traits, such as musical or athletic skills.
occupational education
Occupational education refers to a total program of education oriented to the world of work. Occupational education should be gin to take form in the elementary school with a basic introduction to the world of work in terms appropriate to the maturity level of the students.
open admissions policy
Open admissions. ... Open admissions, or open enrollment, is a type of unselective and noncompetitive college admissions process in the United States in which the only criterion for entrance is a high school diploma or a General Educational Development (GED) certificate.
private vocational colleges
A vocational school, sometimes called a trade school or vocational college, is a type of educational institution, which, depending on country, may refer to secondary or post-secondary education designed to provide vocational education, or technical skills required to perform the tasks of a particular and specific job.
proprietary or for-profit schools
For-profit higher education in the United States (known as for-profit college or proprietary education in some instances) refers to higher education educational institutions operated by private, profit-seeking businesses.
public/private colleges
A public university is a university that is predominantly funded by public means through a national or subnational government, as opposed to private universities. A private college is an independent school that sets its own policies and goals, and is privately funded. Private colleges are generally smaller than public or private universities. The average enrollment at private colleges is only 1,900 students. Private universities, by contrast, can have over 30,000 students.
tech prep
Tech Prep is a nationwide career development system that provides a student with a planned program of study that incorporates academic and career-related courses articulated between the secondary and postsecondary levels leading to a diploma, degree, or two-year apprenticeship certificate
transcript
In United States education, a transcript is a copy of a student's permanent academic record, which usually means all courses taken, all grades received, all honors received and degrees conferred to a student from the first day of school to the current school year
transfer of credits
Transfer credit, credit transfer, or advanced standing are the terms used by colleges and universities for the procedure of granting credit to a student for educational experiences or courses undertaken at another institution
tuition
a sum of money charged for teaching or instruction by a school, college, or university
undergraduate
a student at a college or university who has not yet earned a bachelor's or equivalent degree
need based financial aid
The financial aid staff starts by deciding upon your cost of attendance (COA) at that school. They then consider your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). They subtract your EFC from your COA to determine the amount of your financial need and therefore how much need-based aid you can get.