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Reality Bytes. Getting Ready for College Early. What is “College”?. Public and private 4-year colleges and universities 2-year community or junior colleges business schools proprietary schools vocational-technical schools. Keep Your Options Open.

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Getting Ready for

College Early

what is college
What is “College”?
  • Public and private 4-year colleges and universities
  • 2-year community or junior colleges
  • business schools
  • proprietary schools
  • vocational-technical schools
keep your options open
Keep Your Options Open
  • Does that mean your child needs to know now, what they want to do “when they grow up”?

NO!

then why worry about college now
Then, why worry about college now?
  • College can be the key to the kind of life you want for your child
  • It gives your child choices
    • In the kind of jobs they can choose
    • How much money they will make
    • In helping others
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There’s money if you need it
  • Everyone can afford to go to college
  • Everyone is eligible for some kind of financial aid
step 1 helping them make the decision
Step 1: Helping them make the decision
  • Importance of college:
    • Better utilize technology
    • Choose careers based on interests
    • More career options
    • Increase earning potential
    • Opportunity to make better decisions
step 1 making the decision
Step 1: Making the Decision
  • Choose the type of college
    • “4-year” college (university or college offering a bachelor’s degree or above)
    • “2-year” college (community or junior college offering a training program, certificate, or associates degree to include transfer options)
    • Technical Schools (skill centers and other schools offering entry level occupational programs)
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Step 1: Making the Decision
  • Explore careers.
    • Help your child choose several careers
    • Help them find the educational requirements for their career interests
    • Help them talk with people about their interests (job shadowing)
    • Find articles of interest about their career choices
      • On the internet
      • In magazines and newspapers
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  • You can encourage your child to explore careers.

Changing their mind about

a career choice is okay,

Failing to plan ahead is not.

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Step 2: Getting Ready
  • You, your child and their school are working together to prepare him or her for a good life after graduation
  • Taking the right courses for college starts NOW!
  • Help them select the right courses to get the most out of high school - encourage challenging courses
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Step 2: Getting Ready
  • Consider this:
    • Research shows that if students take algebra and geometry early (8th and 9th grade) they are more likely to go on to college than students that don’t
    • These courses can also help them get into college
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Step 2: Getting Ready

Recommended High School

Curriculum for College

  • English 4 units
  • Mathematics 4-6 units
  • Social Studies 4-6 units
  • Science 3-4 units
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Step 2: Getting Ready
  • Many colleges require additional courses in:
    • Foreign Language
    • Fine & Performing Arts
    • Computer Science
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Step 2: Getting Ready
  • College credit while in high school
    • Advanced Placement (AP) - college level courses offered by the high school
    • Articulation - occupational courses in H.S.s or career centers that “transfer” to some college programs
    • Dual Enrollment - taking college courses while in H.S. that may apply to both the H.S. degree and the college degree
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Step 2: Getting Ready
  • College admission’s exams
    • Encourage your child to take the ACT or SAT in their Junior or Senior year
    • Encourage them to take the MEAP early
      • to qualify for Dual Enrollment
      • to earn the Merit Scholarship ($2500)
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  • Course selection: Easy is not best

Many times a student will choose their schedule based on what is fun and

which course is easy.

It’s up to you to encourage the challenging choices.

step 3 planning ahead
Step 3: Planning ahead
  • What Does College Cost?
    • College is probably not as expensive as you think it is
    • However, parents and students need to begin saving NOW!
      • Tuition, fees and books are only part of the cost. They will need money for transportation, food, clothes, entertainment, etc.
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Step 3: Planning ahead

Pie chart on college costs

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  • Don’t eliminate any college because of cost

Even the most expensive college

may be affordable

after you look at all your

options.

step 4 paying for college
Step 4: Paying for college
  • What you and your child can do:
    • Save
    • Use Federal income-tax credits
    • Use Student Financial Aid:
      • Gift Aid - grants and scholarships that do not have to be paid back
      • Work Aid - a job during college to earn money
      • Loan Aid - money for college that must be paid back
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Step 4: Paying for college
  • How financial need is determined:

Cost of Education

- Expected Family Contribution

Financial Need

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Step 4: Paying for college
  • Other sources:
    • Military service scholarships (full-time and part-time service)
    • Americorps, community service program
    • Civic groups and organizations, foundations and businesses
    • Web services (such as fastweb.com)
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Step 4: Paying for college
  • Cautions
    • Scholarship Scams
    • Compiling debt
      • Excessive student loans
      • Credit cards
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  • It’s all about choices:

Boat, cars, snowmobiles, pools or….

COLLEGE

for your son or daughter.

You make the choices

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You can change college from

a dream into a reality, so…

Make planning for college part of

your child’s daily life.

Think College Early!

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