Location Where do you want to go to college?  Close to home? In your home state? Out of state?  Near a big city? In a rural setting?  In a specific area or part of the country? Cost Talk to your parents about college costs and about how your education will be paid for. If cost is a concern, consider the following:  Over half of all college students receive financial aid.  Public colleges receive government funding so they’re generally less expensive. Private colleges usually cost more, but often offer more financial aid.  When calculating colleges costs, include tuition and fees, room and board, books, and personal expenses.  Going to a public college in your home state generally costs less than a public college in a different state.  To cut college costs, consider starting at a community college or living at home and commuting. Admissions Requirements Some colleges accept all high school graduates. Others are very selective. Look for colleges that accept students with academic records (grades, test scores, etc.) similar to yours. Be sure to apply to one“safety school.” This is a college you feel certain will accept you.