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Types of Schools

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Types of Schools

Types of SchoolsPostsecondary 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, in Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 Georgia Tech charged $30,604 for non-Georgia Residents vs $10,008 for Georgia Residents. That's just over $20,500 more cost. At Auburn University during the same time frame, you would have to pay $9,336 as an Alabama Resident. However, if you are from Georgia and attending at Auburn University, you would be charged an additional $20,304 for a total of $29,640.

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.