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A Guide for Middle School Parents and Counselors
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A Message to Middle School Parents and Counselors from the Intersegmental Coordinating Committee To be sure that your student will be ready for college, you will need to plan ahead – particularly if you want him or her to have a good choice of colleges. Don't wait until high school to think about college. Begin when your student is in middle school (junior high school) or even elementary school. Start now! This handbook is intended to help middle school parents, guardians, counselors, and their students begin the college planning process. It is not designed to provide all the information that a student will need to apply to college. Such information can be overwhelming at this point in the planning process. This handbook is designed to assist you in beginning the college planning process which will continue through high school graduation. Good luck, stay focused, and above all, enjoy your college planning process! James Doti President, Chapman University Chair, Executive Committee Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities Tom Nussbaum Chancellor California Community Colleges Robert Dynes President University of California Jack O’Connell State Superintendent of Public Instruction California Department of Education Robert Moore Executive Director California Postsecondary Education Commission Charles Reed Chancellor California State University California Education Round Table
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1 The Benefits of a College Education ........................... 3 2 College Preparation for Middle School Students ....... 5 3 Paying for College .................................................... 12 4 Types of Colleges and Universities ........................... 18 5 Academic Resources and Organizations .................. 23 6 Financial Aid and Scholarship Resources and Organizations ..................................................... 27 Academic Course Planner ........................................ 29 Your Future! Worksheet ........................................... 31 2 table of contents
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3 Answer: A college education can provide your child with many opportunities for a better life. Question: What does a college education provide? Question: What is a college education worth? A person who attends college generally earns more than a person who does not. The chart that follows compares average annual and lifetime salaries among individuals who did not graduate from high school, high school graduates, and college graduates. One of the important benefits of a college degree is clear: Edward James Olmos 1 CHAPTER Question: Why Go to College? The world is changing rapidly. Many jobs rely on new technology and require more brainpower than ever. There is fierce competition for jobs that only a few years ago seemed plentiful. In your child’s working life, With a college education, your child will have more jobs with greater earning potential from which to choose. A college education will increase your child’s ability to understand developments in society, to think critically, to express thoughts clearly in speech and writing, and to make wise decisions. These skills are useful throughout a lifetime.
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