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Get Ready for College - K-8 Parent Presentation

Helpful tips for parents of students in grades K-8

Jessica Larson

on 24 September 2014

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Jessica Larson
MN Office of Higher Education
Show me the money!


Students and Families
On-line applications
Financial aid estimator
Tuition & fees for 5-state area
Institutional Scholarships for all of MN
Preparing, selecting and paying for college


What do I need to know about paying for college?

College graduates are MORE likely to…

Own a home
Have children who also go to college
Be active members of their community
Have a plan for retirement

Why go to college??

College graduates typically…

Earn more money
Have better health care coverage
Have safer working conditions

Why go to college??

College financial aid and admissions administrators know best!!

Questions on federal aid programs and application process (800) 433-3243

Office of Higher Education financial aid staff
(651) 642-0567 or (800) 657-3866

Helpful Resources

Get Ready for College
What parents of young students need to know to help them be ready for higher education
MN Dream Act
Attend a MN high school for at least 3 years

Graduate from a MN high school or earn a GED in MN

If male, complied with Selective Service registration requirements
Eligible For
In-state tuition rates at MnSCU and University of MN campuses

State financial aid programs

Privately-funded scholarships administered by MnSCU or U of M campuses
Financial Aid

Work Study
Free money from the government and from colleges awarded based on need ie: Pell, MN State Grant, college grant money

Does not have to be repaid
Free money awarded for special talents, grades, cultural or religious backgrounds etc.

Do not have to be repaid

Visit: www.fastweb.com to search for scholarships or
www.ohe.state.mn.us to view institutional scholarships offered at each college

Work Study
Money funded by the government that must be earned by working a part-time job on or off campus

Jobs can sometimes provide experience in your field of study
Borrowed money from the government or private lenders that must be paid back with interest

Government Loans vs. Private Loans
Stafford Loan, Direct Loans

Other Ways to Pay/Save
Dual Credit
Community Service
& Military
The more you save, the less
you'll have to borrow

MN College Savings Plan
- 529 Plan

Visit: www.mnsaves.org
for more information

Visit: readysetgo.state.mn.us
Things to think about....
No matter how old your student is, it is never too early to begin planning for college and talking with your student about it.

Clearly communicate your expectations to your student about his/her behavior and performance in school.

Have frequent conversations with your student about his/her schoolwork, goals, dreams and the importance of education.

Encourage your student to try new activities, volunteer in the community and succeed in school.

Get Involved!
-Help your student create and keep track of a planner

-Encourage your student to get good grades, try out for the play, join the choir, sit on the committee, join a sport.
- Activities = Connections = Scholarships

-Encourage your student to build healthy relationships with other trusted adults in their community.
- These will come in handy when it's time to get letters of recommendation!

-Don't wait for the high school field trip to visit a college

- Help your student learn how to network and set up job shadows

- Talk with your student about careers that they may not think of and investigate types of degrees needed for those jobs
Search for Schools

Search for Degrees

Search for Jobs
Thank you!!!
What are the different types of colleges?
2-Year Colleges
Technical Colleges
Offer programs that emphasize hands on skills

Students often go right into careers in technical or industrial fields

Work with local employers to make sure students get the skills they need

Instructors are also often professionals in their field

Students can earn - Certificates, Diplomas, Associates Degrees
Community and Tribal Colleges
Provide first 2 years of a 4-year degree

Students often transfer to a 4-year institution to complete a bachelor's degree

Also offer career specific training for professionals

Students can receive - Certificates, Diplomas, Associates Degrees
4-Year Colleges and Universities
Offer a wide range of majors
Students can receive - Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree and Professional or Doctoral Degrees
Can be Public or Private
Usually have on-campus housing
Degrees take at least 4 years to complete
Students must meet certain requirements to be accepted
Offer a wide range of athletic programs as well as programs in the arts such as music and theater
Why college?

What can I be thinking about now?
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