College costs have increased over the last ten years; however, options are still available. Planning ahead will provide the most benefits. This guidebook was designed to help high school and college students as they prepare for and complete their postsecondary education. It includes information such as how to prepare for college while in high school, saving and planning, and choosing a college.
As legislative changes come about, students should be aware of all new requirements for the federal student aid programs. This would include grants and scholarships (e.g., Pell Grant, etc.), Direct Student Loans, Perkins Loans, and Aid to Military Families.
As students prepare to enter college, it is important that they learn how to set goals, assess their needs realistically, budget how they will live, manage credit, and develop good spending and saving habits that will make a positive difference in their financial future. SSG has prepared a budget sheet and college checklist to help students plan ahead.
A college fair is an event organized by a high school, school district, or community organization and sponsored by school boards or professional guidance associations. This setting provides an excellent opportunity for students and parents to learn about many different universities and their admission requirements in one evening. Additional information is available on getting the most out of college fairs:
What are your dreams? What are your goals? Where do you want to be ten years from now?
Answering these questions involves career planning. It is never too early to start planning for a career; students can start as early as middle school. The links listed below provide insight on self-assessment, occupational options, and action steps needed to achieve your lifetime career.