Common Questions About College

MEFA’s Early College Planning Student Workbook, 2010, page 4

1. Do colleges only admit top students?

Actually, about 65% of Massachusetts high school graduates enroll in college, and nearly 70% of students who apply to a four-year college or university are accepted.

2. Do I need to go to college to get a good job?

According to the Massachusetts Division of Career Services, more than 60% of new jobs in Massachusetts require an Associate’s Degree or higher. For careers that don’t require a formal degree, applicants who have graduated college often have a competitive edge.

3. Is college too expensive for my family?

More than $97 billion in financial aid is awarded to undergraduate students each year. The government offers certain grants and low-cost loans for families who have significant need. Some colleges offer their own financial aid to help offset college costs.

4. Do I need more than good grades to go to college?

Many colleges look for students who take challenging classes in high school and participate in extracurricular activities they enjoy.

5. Do people like me go to college?

There are thousands of colleges in the U.S., and at least one is a good fit for you. Look for a college that fits your skills, interests and needs. If you require accommodations for a specific academic or personal concern, contact colleges that interest you to see what services are offered.