After you've decided that you want to go to college, you have to take the next step: getting admitted. Here's a checklist:
Other things to think about
Some schools use an enrollment contract to explain what you can expect them to give you for your money. Read the contract carefully before you sign it. If the school's representative promises something other than what's in the contract, make sure you get that promise in writing.
Many schools have Early Decision and Early Action options.
In Early Decision, you make a commitment to enroll in a school if you're admitted. One possible disadvantage to Early Decision is that it may mean you don't have any leverage in negotiating a better financial aid package from the school you choose.
With Early Action, you apply to your preferred school and receive a decision before the normal response date.
If you're planning on starting your college study at one public school and transferring to another, you should use a transfer framework to plan your college program.
What about online learning? You can earn certificates and associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees online through the Kentucky Virtual University (KYVU), the state's official virtual campus.