Planning Your Future

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While starting college may not be on the immediate horizon, it is important to plan for college now. It is never too early to begin the academic and financial preparation. Through this Guide, you (and those helping students) should be able to find everything needed to prepare for college, from 7th grade through 12th grade. In addition, the contacts and other information will provide access to area institutions and their academic programs.

The Greater Cincinnati Collegiate Connection (GC3), on behalf of its member institutions, is pleased to present the third edition of the GC3 Guide to College Admissions and Financial Aid. We hope this Guide will become an indispensable resource for students in Greater Cincinnati interested in college, plus counselors, teachers, parents, clergy, mentors, and anyone else interested in helping our young people be successful in their educational pursuits.

Some sources estimate that in the next century, approximately 75% of the available jobs will require some kind of post-secondary training, and the vast majority of those will require no less than a baccalaureate degree. Not only will postsecondary training help ensure job availability, but it has financial implications as well. A person earning an associate's degree will likely earn 45% more than someone with a high school diploma, and a person with a bachelor's degree, over 85% more than one with a high school diploma (U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, 2006 Annual Social and Economic Supplement).

We hope you will find this Guide helpful. The member institutions of the Consortium are here to assist you in achieving your goals.

Admission and Financial Aid Guide 2016 edition
Janet R. Piccirillo, GC3 Executive Director