This week you will learn about several aspects of becoming college and career ready.
Everyone has the opportunity to go to college to expand their knowledge, learn new skills or trades, and become a productive member of our society.
There are many ways to get an education after high school. Tech or trade school, military, community college, or universities.
What ultimately matters is that you strive for some type of continued education after high school. So, no matter what your plan we are here to support you!
We hope you enjoy the activities this week and take away something new!
Each class period today announcements were made with a few myths and facts about college and financial aid.
We hope you take away some knowledge today and break the myth cycle!
Myth - Community college is lesser than traditional college.
Fact - The degree earned is what matters, no the school in which it was earned.
Myth - Private colleges are more challenging that public colleges.
Fact - Some of the most prestigious and challenging universities are public institutions. Students should determine a school’s value by what they get out of it, not be its exclusivity.
Myth - Majors set or determine your future.
Fact - Many college students don’t know what they want to do with their lives, which is OK because there is plenty of time in college to explore your interests. Many students end up in a career that doesn’t fall under their designated major. Your major is, however, more likely to determine your career path if it’s in a math or science field.
Myth - Cost and value are the same thing when looking a college.
Fact - Just because a college costs more, doesn’t mean it’s a better school. There are many factors that go into the cost of a school - including aspects other than academics. So make sure you don’t equate expense with academics.
Myth - College isn’t the real world.
Fact - College students are learning to balance increased freedom with academic responsibility, practicing money and time management, and interacting with diverse people on a daily basis - all of which are important life skills. Sure, there are differences between the two, but not enough to classify real vs. fake.
Myth - My parents make too much money, so I won’t qualify for financial aid. I don’t need to file my FAFSA.
Fact - This is one of the biggest and most believed myths about financial aid. While there are students with parental income income that won’t receive financial aid, it’s important that ALL students file their FAFSA. Aid dollars can never be predicted, and many scholarships will require FAFSA information. Circumstances in your family finances may change, so it’s always best practice to file your FAFSA.
Myth - I didn’t qualify for financial aid the first time, so I won’t qualify again.
Fact - Again, just as circumstances change, so does financial aid. For example, maybe before you graduate from college your parents will have two students in college at the same time.
Myth - I’ve filed my FAFSA, but my parent has now lost their job. I can’t change my FAFSA information.
Fact - If a family financial circumstance happens after you’ve filed your FAFSA, contact your college and let them know about the situation. You can complete a personal statement for them, and the college can make adjustments to your FAFSA and financial aid offer.
Myth - You must bring a car to college.
Fact - Many college campuses are set up so that students don’t always have to have a car on campus. College offer transportation for students, and many campuses are set up so that you can walk or use a bike and be fine.
Myth - Only students with good grades get financial aid.
Fact - While a high GPA will help a student get into a good school and help with academic scholarships, most federal aid programs don’t take grades into consideration. All students need to file their FAFSA during college.
Myth - I support myself, so I don’t have to include parent information on the FAFSA.
Fact - This is not necessarily true. Even if you support yourself and file your own taxes, you may still be considered a dependent student for federal student aid purposes. The FAFSA will ask a series of questions to determine your dependency status. Dependent students need to provide parent information, independent students do not.
Myth - The published price of a college education is the amount you will pay.
Fact - It’s the net price that matters. Net price is the published cost minus financial aid. Only after completing the financial aid process can you truly know what the cost will be.
Myth - Going to college is not worth the cost.
Fact - A college degree is worth more than ever. Employers are 2.6 times as likely to hire a college graduate as one without the credential. It’s imperative that students keep pace with an ever-changing job market.
Joseph G’s story
How much does college cost? The categories of college costs.
A Few Helpful Tips to Save Money
*Rent books instead of buy when possible
*Try and split some of the transportation costs with friends
*Set a budget and do your best to stick to it
*Lock in your tuition rate at your college (if possible)
*Attending community college? Live at home
Financial Aid - Terms you need to know
Beyond and above. Setting goals, aiming high.
Students took a few minutes to learn about their teacher's college experiences each class period.
*college(s) attended *major(s)/minor
*college involvement *what was their college like?
*advice to you *any struggles overcome
Thursday, November 16th
6 to 7 pm
Presented by Texas A&M University
Students entered a drawing to win a leather satchel from the New York Film Academy this week.
Cristian Medina!!! Congratulations!