A key factor associated with academic success and dropout prevention is parent involvement. In order to help parents and students succeed in school, Cooperative Extension offers the Together for a Better Education program. The program brings together partners from high schools, local colleges, families of 9-12th grade students, college-age mentors, local nonprofits and UNCE staff. The program consists of six sessions held in English and Spanish in various locations across Las Vegas. This fact sheet provides an overview of Session 4: Options After High School.
The basic educational options after high school are a certificate program in a vocational field, an associate degree program or a bachelor’s degree program. The following is a description of the institutions that offer the programs and the advantages of each.
Although the initial costs of college seem high, the long-term benefits of obtaining a college degree can include higher earnings, health benefits and job security. Finances should not be a deterrent to a higher education. There are options!
Scholarships: a form of aid that does not have to be repaid. Scholarships may be awarded for a number of reasons, including excellent grades, economic need, community involvement, membership in organizations, athletic ability, etc. Scholarships can be awarded through federal agencies, private institutions including corporations, religious/ community groups and nonprofit organizations, as well as, through the academic institution itself.
Grants: a form of aid that does not have to be repaid and is typically awarded based on financial need, but can also be based on merit.
Federal Work Study: allows students with financial need to earn money through part-time work that does not have to be paid back. Students work on or off campus in jobs that often have flexible schedules that cater to the student’s school schedule. There are eligibility requirements that must be met.
Loans: a form of aid that does have to be repaid. Loans are made by public or private agencies to help pay for school expenses.
To be eligible for federal or state financial aid, students must meet the following requirements:
In conclusion, parents can help their children navigate the financial aid process by understanding the various forms of assistance available and knowing the deadline and requirements. Most parents will need to provide their financial information in order to help their demonstrate need. Parents may also provide support by staying vigilant of application deadlines and encouraging their child to apply to as many scholarships as possible. Finances should not stop someone from going to college!
Source: North Carolina Cooperative Extension. Together for a Better Education Facilitator Manual.
To learn more about this topic and “Together for a Better Education” contact: Nora Luna at (702) 940-5420 or email.
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