Curriculum Updates: Paying For College Unit Updates

Sep 13, 2021
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Every year the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) filing period opens on October 1st. We’ve gone through our Paying For College Unit materials to make sure you’ve got the most up to date information that will help your students make the best decisions for their future.


What’s changed?

  1. Loan Rates - Every summer the Office of Federal Student Aid adjusts their loan rates. These figures are updated through all resources  for loans disbursed from 7/1/2021-7/1/2022.


  1. FAFSA Statistics - Get the most up-to-date statistics on FAFSA filing and outcomes from the 2020-2021 filing year.


  1. Wage Statistics  - Employment and degree statistics in our Data Crunches are updated with more recent Bureau of Labor Statistics information.


  1. There were a handful of resources  that were RETIRED. These resources are still accessible in the NGPF Retired Resources Spreadsheet that is available at the bottom of this Teacher Toolkit page

Please note that the NGPF Curriculum Team is no longer actively maintaining these documents.


What hasn’t changed?

We have not rewritten the curriculum or done a total revamp of the whole unit. There are still the same number and flow of lessons in the curriculum, just with updates data and figures.


Coming Soon!

All Nearpod lessons containing this information will be updated accordingly in addition to our Spanish language resources which will be updated soon as well.


We hope these updated resources are helpful as your students get ready for the upcoming FAFSA filing period and prepare for life after high school!



Here is a great Question of the Day about student loans: QoD: What percent of students receive scholarships or grants for college?


Want a fun way to open up the discussion about student loans? NGPF Arcade game PAYBACK improves decision-making so students can thrive.

About the Author

Dan Rolando

Always enamored with learning, Dan’s parents affectionately nicknamed him “The Sponge” as a kid. After earning his Engineering Master’s from NC State University followed by six years of teaching, Dan joins NGPF to pursue his passion of inspiring financial capability in anyone who will listen. Having navigated seven years of higher education debt-free through scholarships, work, creative budgeting, and a whole lot of help, he recognizes the freedom that comes from financial independence and hopes to share that gift with others. In the (rare) times he’s not discussing finance, Dan enjoys running, reading, playing board games, spending time with his daughter, and being sous chef for his wife.