Helpful documents to have are government-issued I.D., Social Security card, Birth certificate, and High school transcript or equivalent degree.
Not all schools will require these documents, whereas some schools may require others. It’s good to know how to get a hold of these documents in case you need them. Our Getting Started page can help you with some. For GED transcripts you will need to go to the Department of Education in the state where the GED was earned or go to GED.com.
Before committing to any program, do some research, know exactly what you’re paying for, and determine if you’ll end up with the credentials you want. Click here to read more about choosing a college and the questions to ask.
There are many different options for classes for all types of degrees – a four-year college, an online program, or a local community college. If you are just starting, a local community college may be a great place to start. Many are conveniently located near public transit lines and offer flexible class schedules. Classes at community colleges meet the requirements to obtain an associate or bachelor’s degree, and vocational certifications.
It’s helpful to start off with one class to get you into the habit of arriving on time, completing assignments and studying for exams. Plus, you have other obligations that may be demanding of your time. Once you are familiar on how to successfully complete courses, you can add on.
Online classes are also available if other obligations are too demanding. See below for more information on online schools.
If you’re ready to apply, the best place to go is a college’s website. Here you’ll find the list of documents you need, the steps to take and how to apply for financial aid. If you need help, look for the phone number for the “Admissions” office. Remember, everyone has gone through the steps you are going through. You’re not the first one that will need help!