Money for School

Theme

Careers and Financial Aid.

Intended Audience

Ages 16 to 18; 10 to 20 attendees.

Program Duration

45 minutes to 1 hour.

Preparation

Design a handout to promote the workshop. Post it in high schools, colleges, universities, and inside the library.

Send press releases to local newspapers and public service announce- ments to local radio stations inviting all individuals interested in obtaining money for education to attend the program at the library.

Compile and copy a list of web sites for financial aid and institutions of higher education, or copy the one at the end of this chapter.

Copy the “Funding Your Education” handout included in this program.

Prepare a handout explaining how to navigate reference books in your library collection that contain financial aid information.

Request copies of a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) from a high school counselor, a college or university, or online from the Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation (www.tgslc.org.)

Program Description

Library staff or a counselor from a local school, community college, technical school, or university counselor may plan and present this program for young adults who wish to find funds to continue their education at technical schools, colleges, and/or universities. The workshop will explain how to find and apply for funds using web sites and print library resources. The presenter will explain that most individuals need financial assistance in order to further their education and outline the steps to apply for and receive funds for education. The presenter will distribute the handouts and the forms to apply for federal assistance (these forms may also be completed online), demonstrate the use of the print resources, and provide a tour of some of the web sites. The attendees will explore the print resources and visit web sites listed on the handouts. The Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation has a comprehensive web site entitled Adventures In Education with links to information about financing higher education at www.AdventuresInEducation.org.

Funding Your Education

  1. Start NOW! Talk to your school counselor.




  2. Locate the web site of the school that you wish to attend. Read the information for prospective students about financial aid and scholarships. Universities are indexed on the American Universities web site below.




  3. Explore the various types of financial aide and your eligibility for them on the Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation’s Adventures in Education web site at www.adventuresineducation.org/Resources/ Internet.html#finance.




  4. Look in referenence books such as The Scholarship Advisor by Chris Virturo and Scholarships by Gail Schlachter. Read the preface to find out how to use each book. Look in the various indexes. Be prepared to write down or make copies of all needed information.




  5. 5. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on the Web at www.fafsa.ed.gov/.

Web Sites with College Admissions and Financial Aid Information

Adventures in Education


www.adventuresineducation.org/AIEhome.html


Texas Guaranteed’s (TG) Adventures In Education (AIE) web site has information on developing career goals, finding the right school and financing your education, admission requirements and deadlines, and much more. Available in Spanish.

American Universities


www.clas.ufl.edu/CLAS/american-universities.html


An index to American Universities granting bachelor or advanced degrees.

College for Texans.com


www.collegefortexans.com/


Easy-to-follow information on preparing for college, selecting a college, paying for college, making your way through college, and choosing a career.

CollegeNET


www.collegenet.com/about/index_html


Includes over 1500 customized Internet admissions applications for college and university programs. When applying to more than one program common data automatically travels from form to form.

Colleges, College Scholarships, and Financial Aid


www.college-scholarships.com


Offers college bound students, parents, and counselors easy access to information on U.S. colleges and universities, free college scholarship and financial aid searches, AT and ACT test preparation tips, and more.

Common Application 2001-2002 for College Admissions


www.commonapp.org/


The 2001-2002 Common App may be used by high school seniors and college transfer students to apply for admission for the fall 2002 or spring 2003 term for public and private universities.

FinAid: The Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid


www.finaid.com


This award-winning site has grown into the most comprehensive annotated collection of information about student financial aid on the web.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on the Web


www.fafsa.ed.gov/


Student eligibility for the various types of financial aid is based on the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), a form which must be filed each academic year, and eligibility for some types of aid may also include consideration of academic performance. When you complete and submit a FAFSA, you supply the information that financial aid offices and programs use to determine your need for financial aid. After your completed FAFSA is processed, you’ll receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) that summarizes the information you supplied on the FAFSA. The information from your FAFSA will be sent to the schools you listed on the form, and the schools will send you an award letter identifying any aid for which you qualify.

Loan Finder


www.estudentloan.com/


Online applications and instant comparisons match your specific needs with up to 12 loan programs from top lenders.

The Student Guide


www.ed.gov/prog_info/SFA/StudentGuide/


The Student Guide is the most comprehensive resource on student financial aid from the U.S. Department of Education. Grants, loans, and work-study are the three major forms of student financial aid available through the Department’s Student Financial Assistance office. Updated each award year, The Student Guide tells you about the programs and how to apply for them.

U.S. College Comparisons


http://www.usnews.com/usnews/edu/college/rankings/rankindex_brief.php


At-a-glance comparisons of up to four colleges and Universities.

US College Rankings


http://www.usnews.com/usnews/rankguide/rghome.htm


The online version of America’s Best Colleges sorts and compares schools based on the criteria most important to you.

Variations

Host a young adult career day in which area businesses and colleges set up booths and talk to young adults about possible job opportunities.

Present a “Get a Job” workshop series. The series would include separate 1 to 2 hour seminars about topics such as “Money for College,” “Writing Resumes,” “Study for SATs,” “Job Hunting Skills,” “College Entrance Letters,” “Looking at Universities on the Internet” and other related topics.

Host a job interview workshop that outlines the process of interviewing for a job and allows attendees to role-play a job interview.

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