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Congratulations on making the decision to attend college. This is the first step in your career path for yourself, your family, and your future.

Academic Planning

  • Meet regularly with your academic advisor to determine your course load and course selection. This will help mitigate common errors of taking too many electives, not enough, or missing a core class that is offered irregularly.
  • Track your GPA. Your GPA is also an important consideration as your academic journey progresses. Using online tools, you can track your GPA by using one of the following calculators:
  • Current GPA
  • Cumulative GPA
  • Raise your GPA

College Cost

The cost varies widely depending on whether the college is a two-year public community college, four-year public college or university, or a four-year private institution. Consider these 2009 average college costs from The College Board:

  • Two year public college (per year)*- $ 2,544
  • Four-year public college (per year)*- $ 7,020
  • Four-year private college (per year)*- $26,273

*The costs listed above for two-year and four-year public colleges are for in-state students.

In-State versus Out-of-State Tuition

State (public) colleges and universities get the money they need to operate from tuition and from taxes paid by state residents. Students within that state pay a lower cost. Because out-of-state students haven’t been paying taxes to that state, they are charged more tuition.

In-state colleges also may have a lower price tag to entice graduates to stay in that state. College graduates are more likely to have good jobs, pay taxes, and contribute to the state’s economy.

Whether a student pays in-state or out-of-state tuition isn’t always set in stone. Consider these facts:

  • If a student is a “top performer” (with excellent grades or test scores), some colleges may reduce (or eliminate) the extra cost for out-of-state tuition.
  • Some states with declining populations of college-age residents may reduce out-of-state tuition.
  • Some state colleges have agreed to a “reciprocity compact.” This means that a state has an agreement with neighboring states to reduce (or eliminate) the extra cost of out-of-state tuition. For example, Minnesota has reciprocity agreements with Wisconsin, North Dakota, and South Dakota as well as with the Canadian province of Manitoba. There are four regional reciprocity compacts: Western Undergraduate ExchangeAcademic Common MarketMidwestern Higher Education, and the New England Board of Higher Education.

Explore our Paying for College and Career sections to learn more about financial aid, scholarship opportunities, and money management.

Financial Literacy

Giving Back

Time Management

Self-Care

Professional Development Tips

Developing Good Study Habits

Here are some additional resources for study success:

Transition

The transition from high school to college is not an easy one. Whether you are staying close to home at a tribal college or university or heading across the country to attend a mainstream university, there will be many hard moments throughout the transition period.

Tips from Northwest Indian College Students

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