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Published on January 10, 2009

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Dream Scheme for Students : Dream Scheme for Students Getting Ready for College Early Presented by the Michigan Student Financial Aid Association :  Getting Ready for College Early Dream Scheme for students What is “College”? : What is “College”? Public and private four-year colleges and universities Two-year community or junior colleges Business schools Proprietary schools (programs such as truck driving or cosmetology) Vocational-technical schools Keep Your Options Open : Keep Your Options Open Do you need to know what you want to do “when you grow up”? NO! Then, why think about college now? : Then, why think about college now? College can be the key to thekind of life you want. It gives you choices in: Kinds of jobs. How much money you make. Ways to help others. There’s money if you need it : There’s money if you need it You can afford to go to college. You will be eligible for some kind of financial aid. Steps for you to get ready for college : Steps for you to get ready for college Step 1: Making the Decision : Step 1: Making the Decision Research career interests Choose several - changing your mind is okay but failing to plan ahead is NOT okay Talk with people about your interests Read about careers On the internet At the library In magazines and newspapers Step 1: Making the Decision : Step 1: Making the Decision Importance of college You can choose careers based on your interests You may increase the amount of money you earn You’ll have more career options You may make better decisions You’ll be able to use technology better Step 1: Making the Decision : Step 1: Making the Decision Choose the type of “college” 4-year college (university or college offering a bachelor’s degree or above) 2-year college (community or junior college offering a training program, certificate, or associates degree to include transfer options) Technical Schools (skill centers and other schools offering entry level occupational programs) :  Changing your mind about a career choice is okay, Failing to dream is not. For More Information: www.mycareereducation.org www.mois.org Dream Scheme #1 Step 2: Getting Ready : Step 2: Getting Ready You, your parents and your school are working together to prepare you for a good life after graduation Exploring skills and classes for your future starts NOW Get the most out of high school - take challenging courses Ask your counselor to help you plan Step 2: Getting Ready : Step 2: Getting Ready Consider this Studies show that if studentstake challenging courses that make them think, they are more likely to go on to college These courses can also help students get into college Step 2: Getting Ready : Step 2: Getting Ready Recommended high school curriculum for a four-year college: English 4 years Mathematics 3-4 years Social studies 3-4 years Science 3-4 years Step 2: Getting Ready : Step 2: Getting Ready Recommended high school courses for a community college or vocational/trade school: English grammar and composition Keyboarding or typing Business math, accounting, marketing Basic science Step 2: Getting Ready : Step 2: Getting Ready Many colleges requireadditional courses in Foreign Language Fine & Performing Arts Computer Science Review individual school requirements in the MI-Sourcebook on www.michigan.gov/mistudentaid Step 2: Getting Ready : Step 2: Getting Ready Take your MEAP exams seriously! With a qualifying score, you can receive a Michigan Merit Award Up to $500 earned in the 7th and 8th grade $2500 earned in high school www.MeritAward.state.mi.us :  Taking some challenging classes may help your dreams come true! Dream Scheme #2 Step 3: Planning Ahead : Step 3: Planning Ahead What does college cost? College is probably not as expensive as you think it is However, you and your parents need to begin saving NOW Tuition, fees and books are only partof the cost. You will need money for housing, transportation, food, clothes, entertainment, etc. :  Challenging yourself to think about your future may help your dreams come true! Dream Scheme #3 Step 4: Paying for college : Step 4: Paying for college What you and your parents can do Save Use federal income-tax credits Use student financial aid Gift aid - grants and scholarships that do not have to be paid back Work - a job during college to earn money Loans - money for college that must be paid back $ Step 4: Paying for college : Step 4: Paying for college Other sources Military service scholarships (full-time and part-time service) Americorps, community service program Civic groups and organizations, foundations and businesses Web resources www.Michigan.gov/mistudentaid :  Don’t let the cost stop you from dreaming about college! It can work out! Dream Scheme #4 :  It’s not too early to begin creating. The life you want, So… Change college from. A dream into a reality. Think college early. Dream Scheme - Final

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