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Questions to Ask About COLLEGES You're Considering

  • Does the enrollment contract include the total cost of the program in which you are enrolling?
  • Does the enrollment contract include information on the school’s refund policy?
  • Does the enrollment contract include information on transferability of credits?
  • Does the enrollment contract include information on the length of the program?
  • Do you understand the complaint procedure?
  • Is there an arbitration clause in the contract or in any of the paperwork you have been asked to sign?

General Concerns

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Enrollment Contract (if applicable)

  • Is the school public or private?
  • If private, is the school non-profit or for-profit?
  • Is the school accredited?  If so, by what accrediting agency?
  • Are there any limitations on the transferability of credits earned at this school?
  • Where is the school located?
  • Is campus housing provided?
  • Is there a Guardian or Renaissance Scholars type program?
  • Have you looked at the school catalog?
  • Have you reviewed the school performance factsheet?

  • What is the school’s graduation or completion rate?
  • What is the school’s cohort default rate?
  • What is the average salary of graduates?
  • What is the exam passage rate?  (if applicable)
  • What is the job placement rate?  (if applicable)
  • What is the average debt at graduation?

  • What is the total cost (fees, tuition, books)?
  • What are housing costs?
  • What is the total cost of the program?
  • Are scholarships available? How much?
  • Are grants available?  How much?
  • Is federal work-study financial aid available? How much?
  • Will you have to take out federal loans? How much?
  • Will you need to take out private loans (such as loans from the school)? How much?
  • What are the interest rates on the loans?
  • When would repayment on the loans start, and what would your monthly payment be?
  • Do the loans have provisions for forbearance and / or deferral?

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