8th-10th

 Financial Aid…where does the money come from? 

90 minutes

Objectives:
Students will achieve the following
1. Learn the basic components of FAFSA & how to apply.
2. Direct links to selected local colleges.

Materials:  
1. Access to an Internet Resource Lab. 
2. FAFSA applications (if available). 
3. Review the financial aid linked web sites from Career PREP. 
4. Students can log on to OPS A+ Career PREP. http://careerprep.ops.org/index.html            
    Click on Education After High School – http://careerprep.ops.org/edafterhs.html            
    And then click on Financial Aid & Scholarships - http://careerprep.ops.org/financialaid.html

Procedures: 
1. Divide the classroom into two groups.
2. Ask the groups to research: the location of the schools, mascots, average class size, fun fact, school size, scholarship opportunities, what is a residence hall, how much does it cost to attend the school, etc…
3. Allow the students to write down any questions they may have.
4. The next day: create a game show like atmosphere challenging the two groups to share what they know.
5. Each group will start off with 10,000 dollars' worth of scholarship money. Each time an answer is answered correctly, the group keeps the money. If the response is incorrect, a portion of the money is given to the opposing team.

Reflection:
1. Begin the discussion about financial aid by explaining the differences among the various type of financial aid available. (loans, grants, scholarships, college work study) Students should know the differences as they begin the financial aid application process. The following may serve as a resource: http://studentaid.ed.gov/students/publications/student_guide/2005-2006/english/types.htm  
2. Financial Aid Planning Calendar: This links with the College Board planning calendar for all financial aid. http://www.collegeboard.com/student/pay/scholarships-and-aid/23642.html  A review of this site will give students a good overview of the whole financial aid process.  
3. Have students access “The Student Guide” on the Federal Government site. http://studentaid.ed.gov/students/publications/student_guide/2005-2006/english/index.htm Students will find this site a primary resource for applying for financial & FAFSA. Allow time for students to review this site.  
4. Apply on Line – Access http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ to apply directly on line. This will link directly to the on line application process. Students will need to involve parents /guardians to complete this online feature.  
5. Local College & Financial Aid – Career PREP features access to the on-line financial aid link with six local colleges. Students may learn about financial aid opportunities at their favorite college. Note: each college has its own scholarship application procedures. The local site may be a good resource for that information.

Financial Aid Work Sheet:

1. Name the four types of financial you may seek to help finance college costs. 
a. 
b. 
c. 
d.  
2. Give an example of how a student might use a college work study to off-set the costs of education.  
3. Briefly describe how students (& parents) apply for financial aid on line.  
4. Discuss a least three keys points you need to consider when requesting a letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor, coach, youth minister, or principal, etc.


The College Experience: Interviewing a college student/graduate

30 minutes

Objectives:
Students will achieve the following 
1. Learn how the curricular and co-curricular combine to create the college experience.
2. Build a connection with a college graduate or student.
3. Students will summarize what they’ve learned about an interview subject and a college.
4. Get excited about higher education. 
5. Students will prepare for and conduct an interview.

Materials:  
1. Interview a College Alumnus/Alumna
2. Pen or Pencil
3. Access to someone they know who completed or is completing college

Procedures: 
1. Have students identify a college student or graduate to interview
2. Set up interview (30 minutes)
3. Present information in class

Reflection:  
1. Did you learn a lot from your interview? If so, what?
2. What are some things you wished you would have asked the person you interviewed?
3. Did talking with the college grad or student make you realize something about what you want out of college?

Sample Interview Questions 
1. How did you decide to attend your college/university?
2. Were/are you a part of any clubs or organizations?
3. How did you balance academics and clubs or organizations?
4. What was/is your major?
5. Did you travel abroad?  If so, where?
6. What sports are popular at your school?
7. What is your mascot?
8. What is one of your favorite college memories?
9. Did you receive any scholarships or financial aid? How did you apply?
10. What advice would you give me?


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