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KnowHow2GO to College



Guide students through four steps they should follow throughout high school to "KnowHow2GO" to college. Presentation includes activities that reinforce the four steps.

Guide students through four steps they should follow throughout high school to "KnowHow2GO" to college. Presentation includes activities that reinforce the four steps.



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  • Describe the different types of “college.”Ask students if they can name NEBRASKA examples of each type of college.Universities and Colleges…University system (UNL, UNK, UNO, UNMC)State college system (Peru, Wayne, Chadron)Private colleges (Bellevue University, Bryan LGH, Clarkson, College of Saint Mary, Concordia, Creative Center – Omaha, Creighton, Doane, Grace, Hastings, Midland, Nebraska Christian College, Nebraska Methodist, Nebraska Wesleyan, Union College, York College)Community Colleges…Central Community College (CCC), Little Priest Tribal College, Metropolitan (MCC), Mid-Plains (MPCC), Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture, Nebraska Indian Community College, Northeast (NECC), Southeast (SCC), Western Nebraska (WNCC) Private Career Schools…Alegent Health, College of Hair Design, Creative Center, ITT Tech, Joseph’s College of Beauty, Kaplan, Myotheraphy Institute, Omaha School of Massage, Radiology schools, Vatterott
  • Point out their correct answers about their reasons why people go to college. If you need additional explanation of these “why college is important” bullet points:Click 1:More (money)! On average, high school graduates earn $175 more per week than high school dropouts. College graduates earn $368 more per week than high school graduates. Over the course of a year, college grads typically earn $20,000 more than a high school grad. (Source: US Census Bureau)Click 2:A better (job)! You’ll have a wider selection of jobs because more employers require education after high school. You’ll be more likely to find something you really enjoy. The more education you get, the more likely it is you will always have a job.More Life Options in the Years Ahead: College introduces students to many career paths that match their skills and interests.Delay of 3 seconds and two boxes automatically come up.Explain the black box – that college graduates earn $1 million more over their lifetime than high school graduates.
  • An opportunity to discuss the terminology of Honors, AP, and Dual Enrollment. Discuss why taking these classes help a student challenge themselves in high school, can improve GPA, help earn college credit, and prepare them for college.
  • These are just some of the things to look for when selecting a college. Ask students for other ideas of things they may look for in a school.
  • Define college costs for students:Tuition – the amount of money a college charges for courses you will takeFees – the amount the college charges for services like computer labs, the fitness center, and career servicesBooks – the college will require you to purchase textbooks for most of your classesRoom and Board – If you live on campus, the college will charge you to live in a residence hall and for the meals you eat in the college cafeteria.
  • Explain that another way to pay for college is by saving money.Click through the numbers of how much students would spend if buying snacks every day. You can save $5000 over four years in high school! If students dispute “I don’t buy snacks,” give more relevant examples of ways they spend money: video games, shopping, going out, etc.
  • Briefly define the types of financial aid.Scholarships – Money for students based on talents such as academics or leadership. Tell them that the scholarships don’t go only to the best academic or athletic students. There are students available from religious organizations and community groups. There are scholarships based on your race/ethnicity, based on what you choose to study in college, and from your parents' work. There is even a scholarship for the best duct tape prom outfit!Grants – Money for college that is based on financial need that students do not need to repay.Work Study – A program that allows students to earn money at a job while attending college.Student Loans – Money students borrow for college that must be repaid with interest.Share what types of aid you are receiving to help pay for college.
  • The one aspect of financial aid students can gain the most control over are scholarships. Offer tips for how students can position themselves to earn scholarships in the future.

KnowHow2GO to College KnowHow2GO to College Presentation Transcript

  • What exactly IS college?? It’s any type of education after high school including… College or University – 4 years Bachelor’s degree - business manager, teacher, sports trainer, accountant Community College – 2 years Associate degree - chef, fire fighter, graphic designer, auto tech, nurse, preschool teacher Career School – 1-2 years Certificate/Diploma - technology, business, cosmetology, massage therapy
  • Why college? A degree can get you: more money! ■ better job! ■ more options ■
  • KnowHow2GO Make college a reality in four steps! 1. Be a pain – in a good way. 2. Push yourself. 3. Find the right fit. 4. Put your hands on some cash.
  • Ask adults to help you stay on the right track to college.
  • TAKE TOUGH Recommended CLASSESCourses Take tough classes! Honors Classes Advanced Placement Dual Credit • Same curriculum as regular classes • More in-depth and faster-paced • Can boost your GPA • Same information as a college course • Earn college credit if you take the AP test and score well • Experience college coursework • Earn college credit through a participating college
  • Recommended courses for college admission ■ English 4 years ■ Math 4 years ■ Social Studies 3 years ■ Natural Sciences 3 ■ World Languages 2 language years years of the same
  • Get involved! Make new friends Have fun Increase scholarship chances Work with adult role models Explore careers
  • Think about your career interests Answer these questions: ■ What do you like to do? ■ What are your talents? ■ How do you envision your future?
  • Research colleges that interest you ■ Review college websites ■ Attend activities at area colleges ■ Participate in campus visits organized by your school ■ Check out : ● College Profiles at ●
  • Selecting a College Schoo Locat l ion Size Socia l Clima
  • What will college cost? What will college cost? Tuition & Fees Room & Board Books & Supplies
  • Save for college! $3.75 $26.25 $105 $1,260 $5,040
  • Ways to pay for college Work-study Grants Grants Money you don’t repay; based on financial need Work-Study Money you earn from a job provided through the college Financial Aid Loans Scholarships Scholarships Money you borrow to help pay for college Money you don’t repay; based mostly on talents Loans
  • Scholarships… They’re not just for those who excel in academics or athletics. To increase your scholarship chances: • get involved in school • volunteer • get good grades