Money given to help students meet college related expenses. Examples of financial aid include scholarships, loans and grants.
For-Profit College (sometimes referred to as proprietary colleges)
Private colleges whose purpose is to make a profit through student tuition.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
An application used by students to apply for federal need-based financial aid.
Grade Point Average (GPA)
Average grade a student has earned. This is usually based on a 4-point scale with an ďAĒ equal to a 4 and an ďFĒ equal to a 0.
A masterís, doctoral or professional degree.
A student enrolled in a masterís, doctoral or professional degree. Graduate students generally complete a bachelorís degree prior to enrolling in a graduate degree program. However, there are professional graduate-level programs require completion of a bachelorís degree.
Education following high school, typically college education.
A personal meeting with an admissions officer.
Admissions policy of offering admission to almost all applicants without regard to previous academic grades or admission examination scores.
Beyond high school
A college that is not administered or funded by a government. There are for-profit and not-for-profit colleges.
A college that is primarily funded through public means such as a state or local government.
An applicant to a college that was attended by one or both parents.
An academic field of study that students may select as an area of focus.
The basic requirements applicants must meet to be considered for admission.
A one- or two-day introduction to the college for newly accepted students.
A college admissions policy that allows applicants to submit applications at any date prior to the beginning of classes. Applications are reviewed by the admissions office as they are received.
The number of students attending a college compared to the number of faculty members.
Teacher Recommendation (Also called teacher evaluations)
Letter or form completed by applicantsí teachers to evaluate their students who are applying to college.
A list of completed coursework and earned grades by a student.
An associate or bachelorís degree.
A college student who is working on an undergraduate degree.
A post-secondary institution of higher education that offers at least one graduate degree.
A list of applicants who were neither offered nor denied admission. Students on the list will be offered admission if a space becomes available after accepted students have made their college decisions.