"The more you learn, the more you earn" - according to a recent report from the Atlanta, Regional Council for Higher Education, Georgians that have bachelor's degrees average twice the annual income of people with high school diplomas and are half as likely to be unemployed. Read the Full Report
Bill Gates May Not Have A Degree, But Most Of His Employees Do
A brief essay about future job prospects for people with and without college degrees.
Calculating the Value of a College Degree
An article about the difference in financial income expected over a career between different types of degrees.
America's Best Value Colleges
Reference book available at the Headquarters and Riverdale branches (not available for checkout).
Are You Ready For College?
This blog is full of useful information on preparing for standardized tests, planning for college while still in high school, the difference between colleges and universities, planning your college visits, and more.
Virtual college tours and interactive campus maps.
Clayton County Schools
Probably the best resource at your disposal is the Guidance Counselor at the school you attend. Visit the Clayton County Schools Guidance and Counseling web site to learn about advisement dates, locate contact information for your advisor and find additional web sites that will assist you in your hunt for the perfect school.
College Affordability and Transparency Center
The U.S. Department of Education created this site to compare the overall costs of over a thousand different colleges. You can view reports on the highest and lowest priced colleges, you can search for costs at a particular college you are interested in, or you can search for a degree type and get lists of colleges that offer that degree along with the associated costs.
Organize your college search! Set up a free account and create an "action plan" that will keep you on task as you look for the right school.
Compare the affordability, diversity, and student success between colleges, states, and types of schools.
Fiske Guide to Colleges
Reference book available at the Headquarters branch (not available for checkout).
Construction Education Foundation of Georgia
Information on training programs, scholarships, and careers in the construction industry.
This site has a tremendous amount of online resources to help Georgia students select a college, navigate the admissions process and discover financial aid opportunities. It provides overviews, comparisons, and online tours of 104 public and private colleges in Georgia including two-year, four-year, and technical schools.
Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education
Find the right technical / vocational college for you! This site is searchable by region, degree type, majors, financial aid opportunities, and enrollment size.
Guide to Admissions - US News & World Report
Which colleges have the most economic or ethnic diversity? Which have the best study abroad programs? Which offer the best first-year experience? This site has offers all sorts of information about colleges as well as how to apply to the ones you are interested in, and tips on how to pay for it all.
Learn about Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the US.
More information about Historically Black Colleges and Universities - search degree programs and schools, ask questions and learn about completing the application and enrollment process. This site requires you to register (for free!) in order to use it.
Mapping Your Future
Explore careers, prepare for college, learn how to pay for college, and how to manage your money. Play the "Show Me the Future" game to see how good you will be at making the right choices in the real world!
Not All College Degrees Are Created Equal
20-page article put out by Georgetown University's Center for Education and the Workforce.
Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs: Student Center
This site has information on summer camps, scholarships, salaries, and schools for anyone interested in a career in metal forming and manufacturing.
Online Degree Directory
Provides lists of online schools that provide certificates, diplomas, and degrees in the field you are interested in.
Online Education Guide
This site has brief overviews of different types of degrees organized by career, education level, and subject, information on how to pursue a particular profession (teacher, nurse, massage therapist, police officer, etc.) and information about colleges that offer degrees in the area you are interested in.
Another good site to help you stay focused while finding the right school. The site is divided into four sections: Get Started, Find the Right School, Prepare for Tests, and Pay for School.
Transitioning To College
You are discovering (or will discover soon) that although many things about college classes and coursework are pretty similar to high school, there are still big differences. Explore this site to learn more about what is involved in transitioning to college.
What Should I Major In?
Find out what types of careers and college majors could be good for you! (In order to take the online quiz, you will need to enter your address, phone number and email address - if you do not want the advertisers and colleges on the site to have that information about you, do not take the quiz.)
A site to help you choose a college, apply for college, and find scholarships.
See the Improving Your Skills page for places to find practice tests for the ACT, SAT, and vocational program, as well as improving your writing and research skills, writing college admissions essays, and more.
About NCAA Eligibility
This page provides information on becoming and remaining eligible to compete in intercollegiate athletics. It includes information on the NCAA Eligibility Center, as well as guidelines for college-bound student-athletes who are international, home schooled or have education-impacting disabilities. It also contains links to resources that will help high school student-athletes locate colleges and universities that sponsor their sport and compare graduation rates of schools they are considering.
NCAA Eligibility Center
Use this site to learn more about the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association), its athletics divisions, its sports, and other information, and complete your registration form.
Local scholarship information for Atlanta-area high school students and Georgia college students.
College Board Guide to Getting Financial Aid
Reference book available at the Headquarters Branch (not available for checkout).
Degrees of Frugality: 7 Tips for the College-Bound
No matter what your finances are like, nobody wants to spend more on college than they need to! This article has some great advice on how to make your college dollars stretch.
Direct Consolidation Loans
Find out if consolidating your loans can help you with repayment.
One of the largest scholarship sites on the internet. Registration is required.
Federal Student Aid
Go straight to the source and set up a FAFSA account with the U.S. Department of Education's site for free information on preparing for and funding your education. Applications for Federal Financial Aid are also downloadable from the site. More information:
Tips to help you get a handle on financial aid and understand the terminology involved. An online calculator will help you estimate how much its all going to cost.
Foundation Grants To Individuals
Searchable directory of thousands of grant opportunities for students, artists, and other individuals. This is only available from within Clayton County Library branches.
GAcollege411: Financial Aid Planning
Information about Georgia's HOPE scholarship and grant program, Financial Aid 101, a scholarship finder tool, and more.
Gates Millennium Scholars Program
GMS selects 1000 talented students each year to receive a scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice. The goal of GMS is to promote academic excellence and to provide an opportunity for outstanding minority students (African American, American Indian / Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American and Hispanic American) with significant financial need who are interested in computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health, and the sciences.
This site provides answers to common questions about the two federal loan programs for Income-Based Repayment (IBR) and Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF).
Public Service Loan Forgiveness
If you work in certain types of public-service jobs (public schools and libraries, public defenders, nurses, military service, police, fire department, etc.) for 10 years after you graduate, you may be eligible to have your remaining Federal student loans forgiven. Certain restrictions apply, and details are on this site.