Adult School Checklist

If you’ve never been to college, or started but never
finished, this checklist is for you.

Adult School Checklist

If you've never been to college, or started but never finished, this checklist is for you. Need to improve your skills or knowledge? Find a new career path? Try the suggestions below.

To Do:

  • Look into getting a General Educational
  • Development (GED) certificate if you don't have a high school diploma; try searching online for "GED certificate" and your state's name.
  • Research careers and the need for various jobs in the Occupational Outlook Handbook. Or, for an interactive tool, try our Career Search Tool.
  • Use College Selector to find the right school for your career intentions.
  • Get tips on Choosing a School.
  • Check the Yellow Pages and ask employers to recommend schools that provide training in the skills you will need for the career you choose.
  • Ask your employer if assistance is available to help you pay for school.
  • Use the Scholarship Search to find scholarships.
  • Apply for federal student aid by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
  • Get to know the financial aid staff at the school you plan to attend; they can help you with aid applications and explain the types of aid available.

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