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.

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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.

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Exploring Earning Potential

10 to 15 minutes (plus optional discussion)

In this module, students learn about factors that influence their earning potential. Students examine the relationship between education and lifetime earnings, how fields of study can have an impact on earning potential, and what to look for when researching earnings and careers.

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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.

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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.

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Choosing Your Path After High School

10 to 15 minutes (plus optional discussion)

In this module, students explore their options after high school including further education and work. Students will consider their current plans and what might influence their decisions, learn about the options available to them, and view a series of questions that can help guide their decision-making process.

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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.

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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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Classroom Activity

Not All Financial Aid is Created Equal

Not All Financial Aid is Created Equal

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