The value of a college degree is undisputed. A 2010 report from the College Board estimates that, among full-time workers, high school graduates earned a median annual income of $33,800; workers with an associate’s degree, $42,000; and, workers with a bachelor’s degree, $55,700.

Assisting Youth Experiencing Homelessness in Choosing a College

The information included on this webpage was excerpted from Chapter 2 of College Access and Success for Students Experiencing Homelessness: A Toolkit for Educators and Service Providers, available in its entirety at

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According to the College Board, the following factors should be considered when evaluating which college(s) may be right for a particular student:

  • public versus private,
  • two-year versus four-year
  • single-sex versus coed,
  • ethnic composition,
  • liberal arts and sciences versus comprehensive universities,
  • size (small, medium, or large),
  • location (urban, suburban, rural, out of state, in state, or international),
  • academic offerings,
  • majors,
  • faculty in desired field,
  • academic skills enhancement,
  • residential and social life,
  • student organizations and activities,
  • athletics and recreational sports (varsity, intramural, and club),
  • community service organizations,
  • personal and career counseling,
  • extracurricular activities,
  • personal attention available,
  • diversity of student body, and
  • religious affiliation.

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