Find Your Pathway: 4 Reasons to Research your Postsecondary Education Options

May 1, 2024

Choosing the right postsecondary education option can be a daunting task, but it’s an important decision that can have a significant impact on your future. With so many options available, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and unsure of where to start. Keep reading to discover four reasons why it’s important to research your postsecondary options and find the educational path that’s right for you.  

  1. Understand your goals: Before you start researching postsecondary education options, it’s important to understand what you want to achieve. Do you want to pursue a specific career? Do you want to learn a new skill? Do you want to broaden your knowledge? Knowing your goals will help you narrow down your options and make informed decisions. 

  1. Research your options: Once you have a clear idea of your goals, start researching postsecondary education options that align with them. Look for schools that offer programs or courses that match your interests and career aspirations. Consider factors such as location, cost, reputation, and student support services. Check out Question The Quo’s For Students page to see additional resources to uncover more information. 

  1. Consider different types of programs: The Question The Quo campaign is designed to empower current students to learn about the various educational pathways available after high school and to take the one that is right for them. Postsecondary education options include traditional four-year colleges and universities, community colleges, vocational/technical schools, online programs and more. Each type of program has its own advantages and disadvantages, so it’s important to consider which one is the best fit for you. 

  1. Explore financial aid options: Postsecondary education can be expensive, but there are many financial aid options available to help you pay for it. Research scholarships, grants, loans and work-study programs to see which ones you qualify for and which ones will help you achieve your goals. 

By taking the time to research your postsecondary education options, you’ll be better equipped to find a program that meets your needs and helps you achieve your goals. 


To learn more about the Question The Quo campaign, check out other sections on our website.  

ECMC Group developed the Question The Quo campaign to empower high school students to explore the various postsecondary education options available and take the path that's right for them. Grounded in the results of national surveys conducted in partnership with VICE Media, Question The Quo encourages teens to evaluate education beyond high school while considering cost, parental and role model influences, and societal norms. 

Question The Quo is powered by ECMC Group, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit with a mission to help students succeed by creating, providing and financially supporting advancements in postsecondary education.