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1 The Early College Planning Initiative A Project to help Families prepare financially for Higher Education Planning for College: What Can you do to Prepare Academically Welcome! Goals for this workshop: > Explore reasons for continuing your education after high school > Learn tips about how to prepare academically for college > Learn about college options > Learn strategies for choosing a school that is a good fit for you.

2 Why Should Your Student Go To College? On average, individuals with a college degree make $1,000,000 more over a lifetime than those with only a high school diploma Median Income Levels by Education, 2009 HS Graduate Some College Bachelor Degree Masters Degree $39,000 $45,800 $65,800 $81,000 Sources: The College Board, Education Pays 2010, Figure 1.5; U.S. Census Bureau, Figures for full-time, full-year workers over the age of 25. The Many Benefits of College Higher salaries College training is necessary for most good jobs The importance of the college degree is expected to grow Better work conditions Better work benefits Lower rates of unemployment and disability Better health, live longer

3 How Should Your Student Prepare for College? > Encourage a strong course schedule > Grades and completed courses are a big part of your student s college application > Know the course requirements of possible colleges > Encourage your student to challenge themselves take accelerated classes if they are available > Be aware of deadlines and other important dates How Should Your Student Prepare for College? College Entrance Exams > PSAT and PLAN: 10 th grade or early 11 th grade > SAT and ACT: 11 th and early 12 th grade > Prepare through regular coursework, practice tests, extra tutoring > Accommodations available for special needs > Financial assistance is available for test fees.

4 How Should Your Student Prepare for College? Be Involved In Activities & Leadership Opportunities > Volunteer in the community >Serve as a school officer or leader >Participate on a sports team >Be active in a club of interest >Work outside of school Where To Go To College? How you select a college may depend on your unique situation and the goals you re setting for your future. Type of Degree Bachelor s Degree Type of School 4 Year College / University Associate s Degree/ Specialized Certificates Community College, Trade or Technical School What degree or training is required for a profession you re interested in? Find out and start your search there!

5 Where To Go To College? > Colleges differ by academic experience and the resources available to students, including: > Academic programs > Class size > Student-faculty ratio > School activities > Student support > Housing Options > Don t pick a school based on name or rank pick a school that s the best fit for your situation! Start Today! > Stay focused on earning strong grades > Talk with family, friends, or a mentor about their experiences after high school. > Talk with someone who works in a field of interest. What did it take to get there? > Meet with your school advisor. > Know and meet deadlines.

6 Start Today! > Find local community advising resources > Check out online resources and searches > Attend a College Fair in your area > Contact a school of interest and plan a visit. > Learn more about how to prepare financially for the cost of college

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