School to College

 School to College
  • Recommended Grade Level: 9-12
  • Course Credits: 0.5
  • Course Price: $299.00

Course Overview:

Nearly 50% of high school students in the state of Washington pursue some form of post-secondary education.  For one of life’s most important questions about what to do after high school, students often confront numerous conflicting facts, marketing messages, opinions and options. School to College takes the mystery out of this question. It covers every topic from, "Why go to college?" to objectively and intelligently evaluating a student’s post high-school options, to college selection and the college admissions process. For example, students learn to model the financial impact of graduating late from college or choosing one career path (e.g. Nuclear Engineering) over another (e.g. Veterinarian). Students learn how to pursue post-secondary education in fields which best match their interests and profiles, in regions with low unemployment rates and high economic growth. They learn important life skills on the time value of money and the impact of borrowing to go to college. With college costs and student debt on the rise, students learn about various ways to lower costs of college attendance and all aspects of financial aid, including how best to afford the college of their choice.

Note: This course is not designed for ELL (English Language Learners) students. ELL students may enroll in this course ONLY if they have adequate mentor support at their home school and are able to fulfill all course requirements.


Section 1: Introduction To College

  • Is Going to College Worth it?
  • Many Say Going To College Is Worth It!
  • So, College Or No College?
  • All About College
  • College Terminology
  • The Nobel Institutions

Section 2: Economics Of College

  • Credit Hours
  • College Economics
  • The Role That Tuition Plays
  • Cost Of College Attendance
  • Return On Investment 

Section 3: Advanced Economics Of College

  • Net Present Value And ROI
  • Modeling ROI For Different Life Situations
  • Lowering Costs
  • Dual Credit
  • AP Courses
  • The International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • Articulation Agreements
  • Guaranteed Discount Tuition Plans
  • Studying Abroad
  • Work Study Colleges 

Section 4: Field Of Study Selection

  • Branding
  • ONET and RIASEC Score
  • Career Research
  • Case Study

Section 5: What Colleges Are Looking For

  • Selectivity and Yield
  • Selection Factors
  • Admission Test Scores (SAT & ACT) & Essays
  • Counselor Recommendation, Teacher Recommendation and Student Interest
  • More Selection Factors
  • College Selection: The Basics

Section 6: College Selection Strategies and Admissions

  • Using Macroeconomic Research
  • Using SAT/ACT Scores
  • Institutions to Avoid
  • Applying To Colleges

Section 7: Financial Planning For College

  • Paying For College
  • Free Money For College
  • All about FAFSA
  • Borrowing for College
  • Loan Repayment Tips

Section 8: Personal Finance

  • Personal Finance
  • Banking and Personal Money management
  • Loans and Interest
  • Insurance
  • Debt, Fraud, Bankruptcy
  • Education, Training, Workforce Readiness

Awards, Approvals, and Accreditation

  • inc-1500
  • Cognia Advanced
  • International Association for K-12 Online Learning
  • National col-2dot4legiate Athletic Association
  • Northwest Accreditation Commission Board
  • Washington OSPI
  • University of California
  • finalcial times
  • Department of Education - Idaho
  • Arkansas Department of Education
  • MWBE
  • minority women
  • tips
  • Inspiring Leaders
  • 50 Smartest Companies of the Year 2023
  • CIO Today
  • 50 Best Companies to Watch 2023
  • Most Influential Leaders to Watch 2023