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Promote early awareness of college preparation, selection, admissions, financial aid and other critical steps for college entry.
- Increase percentage of students and parents who are aware of entrance requirements for 2-year, 4-year, trade and technical schools.
- Increase percentage of students and parents who are familiar with various forms of financial aid.
- Increase percentage of students and parents who can correctly identify the cost of attending a public 4-year university.
- Increase percentage of students and parents who believe they can afford some form of postsecondary education using financial aid and their family’s resources.
- Increase the percentage of seniors submitting college applications
- Increase the percentage of seniors submitting FAFSAs.
- Increase the percentage of seniors submitting OSAC applications.
Promote college awareness to students and families.
- Include family members in the college planning process.
- Organize workshops for parents and students to inform them prior to 12th grade about college affordability, scholarships and aid sources, and financial aid processes.
- Provide mentors and parent volunteers to coach their peers on the importance of college and choosing the right classes.
- Take students and their families on college visits.
- Invite recent graduates now attending college and their parents to serve on panels to inform students and parents of the importance of academic preparation for college.
- Develop partnerships with colleges to provide assistance to students and their families.
- Inform students at early ages about college entrance requirements in order for them to make good choices about the courses they take.
Demystify paying for college.
- Build financial literacy and financial aid activities into math courses.
- Present financial planning information to parents and students.
- Partner with college financial aid directors to offer workshops and act as resources for parents and students.
- Build local scholarship endowments.
- Provide savings opportunities such as Individual Development Accounts.
Aid in the college application process.
- Provide help with college applications, financial aid forms, and applying for scholarships, loans and grants.
- Use scholarship questions for essay prompts in ELA classes.
- Embed college admissions, affordability and financing into school curriculum.
- Host special events such as College Application Week.