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A student in a college or university who has not yet earned a degree.
A student who continues studies after college graduation. Grad students may teach college courses while earning their Master's degree.
A document acknowledging the completion of a specific course of study on par with college-level academics. A certificate focuses on one very specific area of study.
A degree that generally takes two years of study and is awarded by a community, junior, or business college.
An academic degree which usually takes four years to earn and is awarded by a college or university.
An advanced university program for college graduates completed after you have earned a four-year degree.
Also called a doctorate; the highest degree awarded by a university, usually to a person who has completed several years of intense graduate study.
Students enrolled in usually four to five classes (12 or more credits).
Students enrolled in usually one to three classes (less than 12 credits). Attending school part-time might affect how much financial aid you receive.
Can usually be used interchangeably with "university" but colleges tend to be smaller. Individual colleges also make up a university--the College of Business, the College of Arts and Letters, etc.
Can usually be used interchangeably with "college" but universities tend to be larger (i.e. Texas Tech University or the University of Texas). Universities contain a collection of colleges--the College of Business, the College of Arts and Letters, etc.
Schools that teach trades and offer more hands-on classes. Usually granted a certificate upon completion. This would include auto mechanic or cosmetology schools.
Supported by taxes provided by government. Public colleges and universities tend to cost less than attending a private college or university.
Not supported by taxes provided by the government (though government-provided financial aid may still be used). Private colleges and universities tend to cost more than attending a public college or university. SMU and TCU are examples of private colleges.
The principal field of study of a student at a university. Have any of you thought about what you might major in?
Free Application for Federal Student Aid, form to apply for federal financial aid.
This is a form of financial aid provided by the Federal government to students who indicate a high level of financial need. A college grant does not need to be paid back.
Stafford and Perkins loans, both subsidized (need based) and unsubsidized (non-need based), guaranteed by the federal government and available to students to fund education.
Gift of money to enable students to continue their studies or training.
The fee that colleges charge to take their classes. Tuition is usually charged per credit-hour (or billing hour). vs. 3).
A type of financial aid which pays students to work part-time, often on campus, during the academic year.
A copy of your class schedules and grades produced by your school. You need to send a copy of your transcript to colleges that you apply to.
A member of the college faculty or staff who assists students with planning quarter or semester schedules as well as their overall programs of study.
A unit which represents a successfully finished part of an educational course. To graduate or earn a particular degree, a student must complete 60 credits for a 2-year degree and about 120 credits for a 4-year degree.
An often mandatory introduction of new students to the college or university; to fellow students; to their advisers and to the policies, practices, and objectives of the school.
An assessment of your writing, reading, math, or computer skills, to help place you in appropriate courses. These might include ACT scores, the SAT, or the Accuplacer assessment.
Classes intended to repair gaps in students' basic knowledge. Students are usually charged full tuition for these courses, though they do not count towards graduation.
Classes designed to provide talented and academically motivated students with an enhanced educational college experience.
General education courses
Standard components of any college program; required classes that must be met.
A temporary paid or unpaid position that involves direct work experience in a career field.
Educational programs where students go to school for some time in another country while making regular progress towards graduating.
Student housing/residence hall/dormitories
Buildings with rooms that colleges rent to students at reasonable prices, usually in large complexes. Often two or more students share a room and it may include meals in the cafeteria.
Grade point average (GPA)
A measure of a student's academic achievement at a college or university, usually calculated by dividing the total number of grade points received by the total number attempted. You must also maintain a certain GPA to keep your financial aid.
Money available from various sources to help students pay college expenses. These funds come as loans, grants, or scholarships from the state or federal government or other organizations.
Written class requirements or a course outline given by instructors on the first week of class to all students. A syllabus usually includes the professor's contact information and office hours, an outline of the course, due dates of assignments, and a grading policy.
A class that is required to take before you take another certain class. For example, Algebra 1 is a prerequisite to Algebra 2 (so you must take Algebra 1 before Algebra 2).
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