College vs. Trade School – Which is the better choice?

Everybody will be in a different position, some lucky enough to afford to get into the university of their choice, and some having to settle for something that isn’t their first choice.

Whether you have graduated or are still in high school, sooner or later you will be deciding whether you should enroll in a college, or a trade school.

 Though there are lots of options for students who want to go to school. The government offers financial aid, while thousands of scholarships are awarded to students based on their academic standing. 

Many considerations go into choosing between a college and a trade school. A good place to start is by taking the time to reflect on your future goals and how you will be financing your education.

A bachelor’s degree typically takes four years to complete, compared to a 1-2 year trade school program that offers hands-on training to prepare students for actual work in their chosen field. 

The average cost for a traditional college is nearly around $100k, (not including housing, food, and transportation) while trade school would cost about $10-30k in total. Whichever you choose, both paths will lead you to a good future.

 One benefit of a trade school is the speed of your diploma/certificate. Traditional college can take up to four to five years to complete depending on your course, while trade school will take you 1-2 years.

 If you’re looking to enter a specific program and want to go straight into the workforce, then trade school is the right path for you. However, if you are not sure what you want to do and still need time, then you may want to consider going into a four year college.

There are certain jobs that require a bachelor’s degree, and some only need certain hands-on training.

So before you decide between college and trade school make sure you are prepared to spend time and money. You don’t want to be stuck in a bad situation halfway through enrollment. 

Everything you need to know about College: 

General Admission: Four years of English and Math. Three years of Science lab, two years of Social Sciences, two years of Foreign Language and one year of Fine Arts or CTE class.

Other Requirements: SAT or ACT score, and teachers’ recommendation letter.

Everything you need to know about Trade School:

General Admission: A high school diploma or GED, Standardized placement test and interview.

Specialties offered: Electrician, Dental Hygienist, Nurse, Welder, Chef, Cosmetology, Massage Therapist, Pharmacy 

Technician, etc.