The American Education System

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Hey guys. I will explain more later, but I am hoping if you guys could answer some of my questions and give me information about the topics below. Any information/experiences you could share would be great!

  • How does it work? (In a brief statement)
  • What exactly are the costs of going to an american college?
  • How do you get into college? (what is needed?)
  • What sort of degrees do you get? (Not examples of courses, but types of diplomas etc)
  • Do you end up with much debt?
  • Student accomadation? (Location? Price?)
  • Loans (What is the deal with student loans? In the UK you don't need to pay the loans off until you get a job that pays over a certain amount. Is it similar over there?)

That is all for now. Thank you in advance for any help you can give me!


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How does it work? (In a brief statement)

The American educational system really starts at age 5 at kindergarten. From there you learn basic things like numbers. It is usually only half a day. From there you go to first grade where you start learning how to read. After first grade on the third year you get to 2nd grade. 2nd grade is basically learning addition and subtraction with larger numbers. There are other things in these as well but this is what I remember. 3rd grade we learned cursive (waste of fucking time) and started multiplication. At the 6th grade we basically get ready for Jr. High. Jr. High is where we take multiple courses such as learning another language, shop class, math, science, English. This for me was grades 7 - 9. Usually I think middle school as it is often called is grades 6 - 8. After middle school starts high school. All the years before the teachers said the classes matter but let's be honest. It doesn't count against you until high school. Grades 9 - 12 are the only ones that count. High school for me was 10th - 12th grade. Remember 9th grade still counts on receiving your diploma. High school is pretty much like Jr. High except that you get the option to take more classes that you want instead of classes that you are forced to take.

For each class that you pass you get credits. The school year is divided into usually 4 parts (or terms). For each class that you pass each term you get 0.25 credits or 1/4th. In order to graduate you have to have so many credits and in so many areas. Like you need 4 credits in English, 2 in Math, 2 in Science, 1.5 in Physical education. Mind you these numbers were for me and are different for each school district. A school district is usually divided in the state's county lines. The geography of it is like World => Country => State => County => City.

If you managed to get all the correct credits in the proper areas as well as the right amount of them you receive a high school diploma. This is basically the equivalent to your GCSE.

What exactly are the costs of going to an american college?

The cost differ greatly. There are two types of colleges or universities. In the US we don't have "college". It is just your form of University. There are for profit colleges and state ran colleges. For profit colleges are the most expensive and have the most worthless degrees. Such examples of for profit colleges are Eagle Gate, Stevens Henager. Avoid these at ALL cost. It is better to NOT go to a uni than to go to these in my opinion.

For state ran colleges there are two rates. In state tuition and out of state. It cost more to go to college if you live out of state than the college you are visiting.

I go to probably one of the cheapest universities in the US. It cost $2200 a term (2 terms a year). Out of state tuition is like 7k a term I think. That does not include room and board. That is jut the cost for classes. Other more prestigious universities can cost I think up to $40k a year. DO NOT FALL INTO THIS BULL SHIT. For the most part the university that you went to is total bullshit. Some areas of studies it does help.

The cost is also different depending on if you are in graduate school or not.

How do you get into college? (what is needed?)

You just apply. You either need a high school diploma or a GED. A GED is a certificate basically saying that you know the material from high school. You only have to take a test to get a GED. Some universities also require foreign languages as their requirements, more years of science and math in high school, and even a high GPA in high school I believe.

What sort of degrees do you get? (Not examples of courses, but types of diplomas etc)

Technical schools. These are I would say almost equal to UK college but they are for people who want to learn a trade (welding, carpentry, nursing)

You just get a certificate at this.


There are 4 basic degrees you get at a college.


AS/AAS <= Associates or Applied Associates. This is a two year degree usually.

BS/BA <= Bachelors of Science/Arts. This is a four year degree.


MS/MA <= Masters degree. This is usually a 6 year degree.

PH.D <= Obviously self explanatory.

This is basically the same as in the UK and across the world. If you get a BS degree in the UK it works in the US. Same with any other country. Most commonly here we find people from India. Many math professors got their PH.D from India.

Do you end up with much debt?

Student loans. These are pretty much forced upon people. They try so hard to get people to take out student loans. DON'T FUCKING DO IT. There are two ways to pay for college.

Out of pocket.

Financial Aid.

In the US we have what is called the Pell Grant. It is basically a way for low income people to pay for college. (Pays a maximum of $5,200)

There are also scholarships. Money that people donate to help pay for peoples education. (usually between $500 - $2,000 I believe)

Student loans. There are two types. Subsidized which means that you do not pay for any interest on the loan until you get out of university. The other type is the opposite of this. Unsubsidized You pay for all interest during college.

In the US you have to pay for the Student loan when you are 6 months out of college. You can pay it any time but you HAVE to pay it when you are 6 months out of college. Even if you don't have a job or not. People owe tons of money because of their poor college choice. They go out of state, they choose a for profit college, They get out tons of loans because it is pushed on you with the idea of "free money".

Student accommodation? (Location? Price?)

What do you mean? I think this was answered above under the cost question.

Loans (What is the deal with student loans? In the UK you don't need to pay the loans off until you get a job that pays over a certain amount. Is it similar over there?)

Answered above under the dept question.

Basically if you want to get an education for a cheap price and you want to go out of the country go to India.

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