Are you a recent high school graduate who has put off making a decision about what you’re going to do this fall? Or, are you an individual who wants to earn more, and recognize that gaining a skill or getting a degree is one of the best ways to achieve that goal? If you are, it’s not too late. Get moving now, and you can be sitting in a classroom this fall.

Almost every institution still have available spots for the fall, even the more exclusive ones. Call around and check. You’ll find many schools are actively accepting applications for fall enrollment. 

So you’re not prepared with the college entrance exam some of the bigger institutions require or your don’t have an impressive high school transcript, there is still a place for you. Lots of technical colleges, trades schools and all of the state’s 19 community colleges have an open admission policy. That means they take just about anybody. 

Here are the general requirements to be admitted to a Community College in Kansas. You must have graduated from an accredited high school or successfully completed a GED exam. 

If you’re a transfer student from another college, you must be in “good standing” with that college. Good standing traditionally means you must have at least a 2.0 GPA from the other school.

If you don’t have it, try any way. Often schools will admit you on a provisional basis. 

Just because you are admitted into an institution, it doesn’t mean you’re guaranteed enrollment in all of their programs. Some programs within a college may have more selective admission requirements. There programs are typically the ones in high demand or programs requiring minimum efficiency levels for success. 

Expect to take a placement exam. At a technical college, this test will help match your skills to programs the school offers. They don’t want to place you in a program where you’ll likely fail. 

If you haven’t take the ACT, if your scores are dated – typically more than 3 years old, or if your ACT scores are relatively low, community college will also be asked to take a placement test. The test results are typically used for placing you in your entry math and English class.

Tuition & Tuition Assistance 

Community colleges are much more affordable than four-year public universities, and public institutions are far less expensive than private colleges or for-profit institutions. Make sure you know the difference between these types of programs and know which one you’re applying to. Heavily weight the costs of an institution versus the benefits you can realistically expect to gain, especially if you need financial assistance. 

While loans at reasonable interest rates are fairly easy to obtain for college tuition and expenses, the “big pay back,” can be a drain, with high monthly loan payments often wiping out any initial increase in income. 

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