How to Prepare for College

With so many choices about so many options, thinking about college can be overwhelming at any age.  Whether you are considering going away to school or staying in Cook County and attending on-line, CCHE is here to help.  Every person that walks in our door has a unique set of skills, expectations and experiences.  We customize our support to help you achieve your goals.  Our Student Support Coordinator is your go-to person to help you prepare for college at any point in your life.

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High School Student

Without these guys (CCHE) I would have never been able to go back to school. They help so many achieve their dreams!

Previous Student

I wanna say thank you, you (CCHE) really encouraged and helped me get everything set so that I could go back to college.

Previous Student

CCHE’s Student Support Coordinator can help students prepare for college by providing the following services:

  • Financial Aid assistance [scholarships, loans & FAFSA]

  • Help finding and applying to colleges

  • Researching courses and programs for availability, costs, and online vs. in-person options

  • Navigating online courses, including admissions, registration, technical support, and ordering books

  • Proof-reading or editing essays

  • Advocacy – help with your questions and concerns about school

  • Resume, cover letter development, and interview skills

  • Proctoring exams

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Recorded College Prep Events

What I Wish I Would Have Known About Student Loans
30 minutes
Join Lenna from Cook County Higher Education to learn more about student loans & paying for college.
The FAFSA and Other College Prep Info
1 hour
Join Jesús Hernández Mejía, Associate Dean of Financial Aid at Gustavus Adolphus College,  to learn about: the FAFSA, types of colleges, types of financial aid, and more!
COVID-19 and College
45 minutes
This webinar discussed college issues in the face of COVID-19 and included a Q&A.

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