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Be smart & beware

Watch this helpful video to learn what things you should look out for when selecting a college!

Be Smart and Beware: Things to Look Out for When Selecting a College

Resources:

Red Flags Checklist -- This handy checklist will help you know if something is a red flag and will tell you where to search for more information to make sure you are making the right choice for you!

College Navigator -- provides useful information about colleges, such as whether a degree or certificate is awarded; whether the school is public, private non-profit, or private for-profit; whether the school is a 2-year or 4-year institution; and the school's tuition, enrollment, and cohort default rate (the percentage of the school's students who default on their loans)

College Scorecard -- a great resource for broadening your college search and comparing schools

Consumer Protection Financial Bureau -- reviews and investigates complaints from consumers who have experienced issues with financial products (like student loans). The bureau website also has excellent information on different types of student loans, and what students should know before taking out a loan.

Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook -- can help you find career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations.