Why did we develop Affordable College Prep?

Having worked with college students for over twenty five years, I noticed how students and their families have many questions about college. The cost of college is also a big concern as students and their families struggle with how to pay for college. I started this site to help. Affordable College Prep plans on providing as many resources as possible to not only help students and their families understand the college process but to help them save money and avoid making costly mistakes.

Is the really free? What's the "catch?"

Yes, we are free and there is no "catch." Our students and parents do not go on an email list and we do not sell any data. As a nonprofit, all we want to do is help.

What % of students who begin college actually graduate?

According to the latest numbers from the National Center for Education Statistics, about 59% of students seeking a bachelor's degree at a 4-year institution have completed that degree within 6 years; the graduation rate is higher for females than for males (62 percent vs. 56 percent).

What is the average student loan debt for someone attending a four-year college?

$37,00

What is the average student loan debt for someone attending graduate school

$57,000, however, it includes both graduate and undergraduate loans

What % of students graduate with some type of student loan debt?

68%

What is the starting salary for a college graduate?

This will vary based on the industry chosen, however, students that have a bachelor’s degree will average more than $22,000 a year more in wages over their lifetime than those who only have a high school degree.

The school I would like to attend does not require an ACT or SAT score. Should I take one or both exams anyway?

Yes. Despite their flaws, the ACT and SAT exams remain good predictors of college success. Even though you may still get accepted into the school of your choice with average or below-average scores, the low scores might indicate that you may struggle in a certain subject- math, for example, and should seek tutoring assistance while in college.

Do you have any recommendations for SAT prep books or classes?

There is a wide range of options to choose from varying in price from thousands of dollars to free. This site will be providing links to assistance with this shortly.

How can I save money while I attend college?

There are many ways to save money while attending college. This site will share many ways with which to do so. For starters, college students should take the time to pursue scholarships. There is a lot of scholarship money available and many of the scholarship dollars go unclaimed.

What are scholarships and grants and how can I apply for them?

Scholarships and grants are outlined in the free videos provided. Additionally, a separate video has been provided on how “go get that scholarship.”

How and where can I apply for financial aid?

Any financial assistance resources provided by the federal government begins with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The website will be your starting point.

How do I go about changing my major while I am in college?

You will need to talk with an academic planner about that while at college. If changing your major will extend the time you need to be enrolled in college, you should think twice as it will more than likely add to your costs of attending college.

I do not know what to major in yet. Does this affect my chances of getting in?

Not necessarily. Most colleges are going to accept you based on your qualifications and abilities and not on the major you have chosen.

I already have a bachelor’s degree and would like to pursue another bachelor’s degree in a different subject. Is that a good idea?

No. It is widely recommended to avoid obtaining a second bachelor’s degree. You should use those resources to obtain a master’s degree instead.

What are the most common mistakes students make in preparing for college?

Not choosing the right school would be one. That is why it is advised to not only visit the campus you would like to attend, but take a tour of the college talking to as many students as you can. Another common mistake is attending a school that is not affordable. Taking on a large amount of debt and/or having to work full time to pay for tuition can impede one’s ability to graduate.

 

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