If you’re ready to get started, here are some steps you can take to get ready to go back to school:

  • Think about your career and education goals. Where do you see yourself a few years down the road?
  • Think about your daily routines. What will you need to balance college, work, family and life?
  • Think about your past experience. What credits, certificates, and courses have you already completed?
  • Think about your budget. Start researching financial aid and employee assistance benefits.

Get Ready

You will need to gather some documents and information to prepare for enrollment. Your navigator will provide you with a checklist during the process.

  • Apply for financial aid, grants, and scholarships.
  • File transcript requests with any previously attended schools (including your high school).
  • Think about what type of program (online, in-person, accelerated, etc.) best fits your schedule, needs, and budget.
  • Make a list of questions to ask your navigator.
  • Pull together your support team of family and friends committed to your success.


When you know where you’re headed, an academic advisor will help you enroll. To get ready:

  • Apply to the college or program
  • Review your budget and financial aid/scholarship awards
  • Register for classes
  • Implement the routines and support systems you need to succeed.


It’s going to be challenging, but every class, test, assignment, and presentation is an accomplishment, motivating you forward and bringing you one step closer to your goal.

  • Take full advantage of all available campus services (advising, tutoring, social groups, testing centers, career counseling, etc.).
  • Build relationships with professors and other students for encouragement and networking opportunities.
  • Keep track of your deadlines.
  • Renew your financial aid and scholarship applications if needed.
  • Check in with your campus advisor and your ProjectAttain! navigator for support, information, and encouragement.

Graduate and Celebrate!

Whether you complete a two-year or four-year degree, get ready to celebrate! As you approach your graduate date, don’t forget to:

  • Keep an eye on graduation application requirements and deadlines
  • Ask your professors or mentors for letters of reference. These will come in handy for future job applications and or academic studies.
  • Order your cap and gown
  • Invite your family and friends to celebrate with you! This is a great way to thank the people who supported you on your journey.