If you are the parent of a high school student, winter break is a great time for your student to start college searching. Although all of the colleges are also closed for winter break, there are many websites where your student can start his search.
Lynchburg is home to four private colleges: Lynchburg College, Liberty University, Randolph College, and Virginia University of Lynchburg. Sweet Briar College is located about 15 miles north of Lynchburg, near Amherst.
Your student may have already visited some of the local colleges, which all offer campus tours. However, your student may be interested in being a little further from home.
A great website to begin the search process is www.univsource.com/va.htm. This site lists all of Virginia’s colleges, universities, and community colleges. Your student can also sort by city or county or search all 4-year colleges.
In addition to all contact information needed for each college, there is a link to the college’s website and financial aid information.
Nearly all colleges now offer online virtual tours via their website. Although your student won’t be able to feel the campus atmosphere, he will probably be able to rule out colleges that don’t seem like a good fit.
Many prospective college students don’t know what they want to study in school. Community colleges are often a better fit for those students. The basic core classes can be completed at a much lower cost at a community college.
Lynchburg is home to Central Virginia Community College which offers many 2-year degree programs.
Here are some other college search websites your student might want to try:
Parents often suffer sticker shock when they see the base price of private colleges. But fear not, all colleges offer financial aid. Private colleges generally offer more aid than public colleges.
Additionally, your student can qualify for many scholarships by writing an essay. There are many websites dedicated to college scholarship information. Future articles will look at some of these websites.
The first step to attaining aid for college is filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, also called the FAFSA. Your student can enter up to 10 colleges’ information on the FAFSA to have his information electronically submitted to the colleges of his choice.
Many prospective college students will plan college campus tours for spring break. By planning ahead, your student may be able to choose four or five top college choices to visit during spring break.