Thursday, September 13, 2012

Student Debt: Be a part of the solution

Student debt is now over one trillion dollars, exceeding credit card debt. It is a growing problem that can be quantified with a number of statistics. Certainly avoiding student debt if at all possible is appropriate, but for many it is not a realistic option. So rather than diving into the student debt problems that are out of educators hands, I wanted to share how we could be a part of the solution. 

Federal Student Aid, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation. They are responsible for managing a number of student financial assistance programs. These programs provide grants, loans, and work-study funds to students attending college or career school. Their website is a tremendous resource for educators.

Click here to read the K-Adult checklist to prepare for college. This is information we should share with every student. A good way tool to use to kick off any lesson about paying for college is their two minute introductory video below.

Click here to read about the lesson I plan on using to prepare my students to find the right college fit.

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