COLLEGE / CAREER PLANNING
Career and Education Planning Glossary
Federal Pell Grant - The largest pool of federal grant money. You must apply for a Federal Pell Grant, using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), to be considered for other forms of aid.
Postsecondary education - Education beyond high school; includes vocational/ technical training schools, proprietary schools, community colleges, four-year colleges, universities, and training programs.
Scholarships - Gifts of money to students from state, federal, or private sources. While state and federal grant programs are based on financial need, scholarships may be based on a variety of factors, including need, academic excellence, leadership qualities, heritage, or extracurricular interests.
- Two-year Colleges/Community Colleges - Two-year public institutions that lead to an associate degree. Most have programs designed to transfer to four-year institutions but some offer BS degrees.
-Career & Technical Center - Public institutions that offer certificates or diplomas.
-Proprietary Schools - Schools that are privately owned and licensed. These usually offer certificates, diplomas and associate degrees, although some offer bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
-Four-year -Colleges/Universities - Public or private: non-profit or for-profit institutions. Most programs lead to a bachelor’s degree. Universities also offer degrees above the bachelor’s degree.