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Beginning or returning to college is one of the most life-changing decisions anyone can make, which is why thoughtful college planning is so important.  Use the links below to learn more about the college planning process and get all of the information you need now to help you meet your education goals!

Finding a College

There are many factors to consider when selecting a college, university, or other postsecondary institution to attend - types of degree programs offered, locations, flexibility in scheduling including evening and online course offerings, cost, etc.  Use this page to research all of your options in Pennsylvania and find the fit that just "right" for you!

Selecting a Major

At some point in your college career, it will be time to choose a major.  Some students know exactly what they want to major in and what they want as their first career.  But a large majority of students do not.  Here you will find tips for choosing a major or career path, lists of programs offered at all types of postsecondary institutions in Pennsylvania and so much more.

Paying for College 

In Pennsylvania, state financial aid for postsecondary education is provided through the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA).  Through PHEAA students can learn how to apply for state and federal financial aid as well as learn more about scholarships, grants and veterans educational benefits.

Transferring College Credit

A college degree is valuable.  So is your time and money.  Through Pennsylvania's Statewide College Credit Transfer System, students can maximize their credit transfer to participating colleges and universities in Pennsylvania and be assured that they will not have to repeat courses already successfully completed.


For additional information, please contact:

Bureau of Postsecondary and Adult Education |
Pennsylvania Department of Education
333 Market Street, 12th Fl | Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333
Phone: 717.787.4313 | Fax: 717.783.0583
ra-collunivseminfo@pa.gov | www.education.state.pa.us