Financing Your Future

For many young people, the path to higher education can be daunting with multiple deadlines to meet and forms to complete. Use these tools to help your students map out the journey and deftly navigate higher education financing options.

Educator Guide: Unit Three

Topic 1

Exploring Earning Potential

Students will explore how education and training impact future earning potential. They will also understand the relationship between education, training, and lifetime earnings.

Topic 2

Weighing Your Career Options

Help your students examine factors to consider when selecting a career or employer, such as potential earnings, job availability, opportunities for advancement, and education requirements.

Self-paced Module

Weighing Your Career Options

10 to 15 minutes (plus optional discussion)

Students will consider how to choose a career. The module will review important considerations, such as potential earnings, job availability, opportunities for advancement, and education requirements.

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Topic 3

Choosing Your Path After High School

Your students will explore what education or training they will need to achieve their personal career goals. Use these resources to prepare students to develop an education and career plan.

Family Connections

Paying for Higher Education: A Family Conversation

10-minute read, plus discussion

Share this guide with parents to help them and their teens discuss paying for higher education or training. The guide also provides links to resources to families explore costs and financial aid options.

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Topic 4

Financing Further Education

What options are available to finance education and training after high school? Help your students discover options such as scholarships, grants, loans, work study, apprenticeships, and military service.

Self-paced Module

Financing Further Education

10 to 15 minutes (plus optional discussion)

This module will help your students consider how they and their families will pay for their education and training after high school. Your students will explore options such as scholarships, grants, loans, work study, apprenticeships, and military service.

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Classroom Activity

Financial Aid: Just an Application Away

1 to 2 Class Sessions

After differentiating between student aid facts and misconceptions, students work in small groups to research and share information on applying for financial aid from various sources.

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Topic 5

Understanding Education Financing Options

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Understanding Education Financing Options

10 to 15 minutes (plus optional discussion)

Compare education financing options to make informed choices. Find out the difference between loans and grants/scholarships. Learn about loan terms, GPA requirements, and duration of aid.

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