Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 3412 Do a College Search Once you and your child have determined what you’re looking for in a college, search for the colleges that meet your criteria. Guidance of- fices, bookstores, and libraries have a variety of resources, and there’s a wealth of information online. To do an online search for the colleges that meet your criteria, go to Part III Choosing a College Parents and students need to work together to choose a college that will be a good fit. Things to Consider When looking for colleges that will be a good match for your child, consider the following: Public or Private – Public colleges (also called state colleges) are generally larger and less expensive than private colleges. Size – College sizes vary greatly. Some colleges have fewer than 1,000 stu- dents; others have more than 25,000. Small colleges are more personal; large colleges offer more majors, programs, and activities. Academic Programs – If your child wants a specific major, you need to look for colleges that offer that major. Location – Where does your child want to go to college? Close to home? In your home state? Out of state? Near a big city? In a rural setting? Cost – When calculating college costs, be sure to include tuition and fees, room and board, books, and an allowance for personal expenses. Remember, financialaidoften makesitpossibleforstudentstoattend collegesthatwould otherwise be too expensive. Admissions Requirements – Colleges have varying admissions require- ments. It’s best to focus on colleges that accept students with academic records similar to your child’s.