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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”?


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
there s money if you need it
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


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
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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….


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!