Types of Schools
Postsecondary schools specialize in certain levels of education. Based on your career choices, a technical college might be a better fit. Here are some of the more common types of postsecondary options. See which one best meets your academic and career goals.
Technical School/Community College: A two-year government-funded college that offers an associate degree, certificate, or diploma programs related to a specific career. This is usually the least expensive option for postsecondary education.
College/University: A four-year public or private school that offers Bachelor’s degrees and may offer graduate degrees. Public schools are government-funded and generally less expensive. Private schools are self-supporting and may have additional campus financial aid to offset those costs.
In-state vs. Out of State schools: Tuition at colleges not in your state of residency will be higher. For example, for 2024-25 Georgia State University’s tuition is $14,653 for non-Georgia residents vs $5,134 for Georgia residents. That's $9,513 more cost. At Auburn University during the same time frame, an Alabama resident would have to pay $10,704 for tuition. However, a Georgia resident attending Auburn University, would be charged an additional $21,408 for a total of $32,112.
You are not limited to one type of school. Many students begin at a technical/community college then transfer to a four-year for a variety of reasons including size, location, and cost. College Score Card can be used to help narrow down your selection.