Choosing a College

understanding cost

Students can use the FAFSA4caster to get an estimate of federal aid that they may receive, and what the feds expect the student to pay out of pocket for a chosen college. Scholarships, grants, and tuition waivers are all ways to help reduce the cost to students;so it is important for students to take the time and make the effort to apply for as many of these opportunities as they can.

You can use the College Abacus to compare the net price for the colleges you are considering. This document shows the cost of tuition and fees for public colleges in Oregon.


Things to Consider When Choosing a College

There are many things to consider when selecting a college path. As a student is looking through options, make sure that they consider the topics below. Use the College Evaluation Worksheet to help students compare their choices.

Campus & Community Personality

Students can prepare for a campus visit by thinking about questions they should ask during the visit.

College Profile Tool

It can be tricky to identify schools that will suit a student’s needs and wants for post-secondary education. The following tool recommends some options that might be a good match based on student’s interests and desires.

College Personality Quiz

Look at your interests, abilities, and attitudes.

Assess your needs and what types of learning environments might work best for you

Getting More Information

One of the best resources is a college’s admissions office website. If the website doesn't contain all of the information you are looking for, you may need to contact the admissions office or a specific department for more information. Many school websites have online forms to fill out, or you can call the office directly to get your questions answered quickly.

College fairs are another great resource because you can obtain information from a variety of colleges in just one trip. Ask your high school counselor if there is a college fair coming to your school or one nearby.