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What You Should Know About Choosing a Field of Study and Financial Aid

You should think carefully about the type of career you would like to pursue before enrolling in any postsecondary program.  The links below provide access to state, federal and private web sites that contain information on job descriptions, education requirements, employment projections, salary ranges and more.  Look through these resources to help you narrow-down your best options for future study and the financing of your education.  You may browse through a list of private licensed schools by clicking the following link:
Current Private Licensed Schools (Link to Public PLS site)
If you do not know the name of the school, click on "Search Program Profile" and you can browse through the entire list of schools alphabetically (it may take a few minutes for the page to load).
You should know that the Division of Higher & Career Education does not make financial aid awards to students.  The links below will take you to the specific state and federal agencies that oversee student loan and grant applications and disbursements.  You should contact them directly for additional information.  The financial aid office at your prospective school is probably the best source of information on aid that you can obtain for study at that particular school.
US Department of Education - Information for Postsecondary Students

PA Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA)
PA Career Link 

Pennsylvania Association of Private School Administrators (PAPSA)
This is another searchable database for Private Licensed Schools in Pennsylvania.
US Department of Education - Information on School Accreditation 
US Department of Labor - Occupational Outlook Handbook (Labor Statistics)

For additional information, please contact:

Division of Higher & Career Education |
Pennsylvania Department of Education - Postsecondary and Adult Education
333 Market Street. 12th Fl | Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333
Phone: 717.783.8228 | Fax: 717.772.3622
ra-pls@pa.gov | www.education.state.pa.us