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College Readiness

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Jasmine Camponeschi

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College Readiness
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Is College for Me?
Next year you will be in high school. Maybe you’re already thinking about what you’ll do when you graduate, or maybe graduation seems too far away. Maybe you’re certain you want to attend college, or maybe you’re not. Maybe you know what kind of job you would like to have in the future but don’t know what you need to study to prepare for it.
True/False Quiz
There are some very good reasons to consider college. As you take this quiz you may learn some good reasons why college really is for you.
How Will I Pay for College?
Financial aid is money to help you pay for the costs of college based on your financial need provided by colleges, federal, state, and local governments, and private sources.
Types of Financial Aid Quiz
Choose one of the following for each statement:
A. Grant, B. Loan, C. Scholarship, or D. Work-Study

1. I borrowed money to help pay for college.

2. I was awarded funding to help pay for my college education because I earned good grades.

3. Based on my financial need, I was awarded state and federal aid that I do not have to pay back.

4. I helped pay my college tuition by working on campus in the library.

5. GEAR UP will provide funding to help pay for college after I graduate from high school.
You can go to college; and, I will help you get there!
Now that you know you can go to college no matter what the obstacle (or at least those discussed today), how does that make you feel? Write a short paragraph sharing your thoughts about going to college.
1. If no one in your family has gone to college, you can't go either.
True or False

Many students attend college even though no one in their family has ever gone before. In fact, in 2003 more than half of all the high school graduates whose parents didn’t attend college started college that fall.
2. Only rich people can afford to go to college.
True or False
College can be expensive but that doesn’t mean you can’t afford to go. There are many ways to pay for a college education. You might qualify for financial aid, which is money given to students to cover college costs based on students’ financial need.
3. Anything that is taught in college, you can learn on the job.
True or False
4. If you don't know what you want to study, you shouldn't go to college.
True or False
5. If your grades aren’t very good, you can’t get into college.
True or False
6. You don’t need to go to college to get a good job.
True or False
7. If you don’t know how to apply to college, you can’t go.
True or False
Most jobs require some on-the-job training. However, for many jobs, you will need a certain level of technical or analytical skill before you are hired, and that may require you to obtain some education after high school.
College is a good place to explore the academic areas that interest you and think about the career you want to have after you graduate.
Different colleges have different requirements for admission. They look at other qualities besides your grades, such as activities, involvement in the community, hardships you’ve had to overcome, etc.
Earning Power
If you don’t know how to apply to college, there are many places to turn for help—including your GEAR UP Pre-Collegiate Advisor.
Four Types of Financial Aid
Money awarded to you by colleges, federal and state governments, and private sources to pay for college costs that you do not have to pay back. In general, grants are awarded based on financial need.
A type of financial assistance that involves you or your parents borrowing money to cover college costs. You and /or your parent(s) will have to repay the amount of the loan, with interest, to the lender. Many student loan programs have low interest rates and do not require repayment until you graduate or are no longer attending college.
Money awarded to you by colleges, federal, state and local governments, and private sources to pay for college costs that you do not have to pay back. In general, scholarships are awarded based on merit such as outstanding academic achievement, demonstrated talent, or athletic ability or involvement such as membership in an organization or ethnic group, or employment in a company.

College work-study is a federally or state subsidized financial aid program. You must earn the amount of money you are awarded to cover part of your college expenses, usually by working 10-15 hours per week on campus or for an off-campus nonprofit agency.
True or False
1. You do not have to be rich to go to college.

2. You don't have to be poor to get financial aid.

3. Financial aid helps pay for college.

4. You can go to college!
Everyone can go to college by using financial aid!
Remember, college is affordable!
Savings 101
Saving is the best way to make the most of your money. To save money is to put money aside for future use, such as your college education. You can save money at home or you can put your savings in a bank savings account where it earns interest.

Interest is the money you earn on your money that is in the bank. The longer your money sits in the bank, the more interest you will receive. The higher the interest rate, the more interest you earn.
Saving Money at Home
If you saved $50 every month, how much money would you have for college after:
1. one year? ______________
2. five years? _____________
3. ten years? _____________
Saving Money in a Bank
When you save money in a bank, your money can grow over time with interest. There are two types of interest:

1. Simple Interest is the money earned on your original money. Interest earned on your original money does NOT earn interest.

2. Compound Interest is when the money you save earns interest; the interest earned makes interest.

Let's see how it works.
This chart shows how much more you will earn in an account that pays compound interest if you save $50 per month at 5% interest.
Saving is a good habit no matter what, although compound interest is the best way to go.
Four Banks
Start saving earned or gift money now and learn how to handle your money by setting up your own "banks" at home. Each time you receive money, divide the money into each "bank".
A spending bank for everyday things like lunch or a snack.
A saving bank for things you might need later like new sneakers.
An investing bank for long term savings for college.
A giving bank for helping others.
If you earned or received $100, how would you divide the money into your four "banks"?
1. Spending Bank ____________
2. Saving Bank ____________
3. Investing Bank ____________
4. Giving Bank ___________
How much more will you earn?
Session 1
Types of financial aid include grants and scholarships, loans, and college work-study. The state and federal governments, private organizations, and colleges are all sources of financial aid.
Sometimes, more expensive colleges have more financial aid available to give to students. Some students start their studies at a less expensive community college, then transferring to another institution for the final two years.
In addition, many employers won’t consider you for employment without a college degree. That’s because employers expect people to have transferable skills.
Transferable skills are skills that can be used at (or transferred to) any job. Employers know that college is one of the best opportunities for young people to develop transferable skills.
At many colleges, you can spend your first year (and sometimes the second year) taking a variety of different courses before you decide what your major will be. Most colleges have academic advisors and career counselors to help you make these decisions.
If you want to strengthen your skills and improve your grades, you may want to consider attending a community college for your first year or two and then transferring to a four-year college to finish up your last couple of years. In many cases, a high school diploma or GED will qualify you for acceptance to a community college.
If a “good job” means a job you really like, you don’t necessarily have to go to college—but you will have more career options available with a college degree.
If a “good job” means a job that pays well, statistics show that on average, the more education you have, the more money you earn.
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