Category: Paying for College

NGPF PAYBACK Challenge: A Scholarship Opportunity for ALL High School Students!

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Sep 25, 2018
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Contest Current, Paying for College
Last spring, we debuted our inaugural PAYBACK Challenge to high schools across the nation. We're back at it again this fall just as students start the college application process. This scholarship opportunity is open to ALL high school students. So, educators, check out the details below and sign up for the PAYBACK Challenge! Featured in the New York Times and recent winner of the 2018 Social Impact Webby Award, our college life decision-making game PAYBACK has been played by...

Question of the Day: What percent of high school seniors file the FAFSA to access college aid? [Updated]

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Sep 23, 2018
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Question of the Day, Paying for College, Research
Answer: 60.9% Questions: What is the other 39% of the student population missing out on by NOT submitting the FAFSA? What are the top three reasons that you think so many graduating seniors do NOT file the FAFSA? What percentage of graduating seniors do you think submit the FAFSA at your school? (You can find out here!) Here's the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind the numbers (from Hechinger Report) The completion rate for the...

FinCap Friday: Show Me the Money!

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Sep 20, 2018
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Paying for College, FinCap Fridays, Research, Current Events
It's that time of the year where seniors start to think more seriously about their post-high school plans. This week on FinCap Friday we focus on the question, "Is college really worth it?" In part one, Show Me the Money, of this two-part series, we analyze the research on the earnings potential of college graduates: New to NGPF's FinCap Friday? It's a fun way to engage your students with current events and includes: A five question Kahoot! A 90 second video providing details about the...

Question of the Day: Children with bank accounts are ______ times more likely to graduate from college than those that don't have bank accounts.

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Sep 17, 2018
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Savings, Paying for College, Question of the Day
Answer: 4 times more likely Questions: Do you have a bank account currently? Why or why not? Why do you think there is a link between having a bank account and graduating from college?  What are the reasons that young people might decide NOT to open a bank account? What do you need to open a bank account, if you are under the age of 18?  Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind the numbers...

Interactive Monday: What's the Level of Education in Your County?

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Sep 16, 2018
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Chart of the Week, Current Events, Research, Interactive, Parent Conversations, Paying for College
This week's interactive comes courtesy of Overflow Solutions and provides a county-level look at educational attainment.  This tool allows users to compare educational attainment of every county against other counties, the states, and the nation overall. The default is set to Los Angeles, CA and Cook County, IL, but if your students are on a desktop, they can easily adjust to view data from different counties and states. Here's a few notes about the interactive: The data is collected from...

Reading List for September 15-16

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Sep 14, 2018
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Current Events, Economics, Paying for College, Financial Literacy, Identity Theft, Retirement
Included a few extra articles this week as we recognize the ten-year anniversary of the Lehman failure and start of the Great Recession.....and a collection on paying for college as we start the new school year. Ten Year anniversary of Lehman failure What have we learned? Neil Irwin in his UpShot article compares current times to the 1990s looking for lessons. The WSJ looks back at how the Great Recession changed our relationship with risk. This WSJ/The Outlook discusses if the Fed has new...

Just One Resource - RESEARCH: Finding Scholarships & Grants

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Sep 11, 2018
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Just One Resource, Paying for College
      In this new weekly blog post, the Curriculum team will highlight Just One Resource from our NGPF collection that maybe doesn't get the attention it deserves. Use it this week or bookmark it for later.    [The Resource] RESEARCH: Finding Scholarships & Grants  The Gist: With the beginning of the new school year upon us, this is the prime time for high school seniors to begin exploring scholarships and grants for college. This research activity...

Reading List for September 8-9

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Sep 07, 2018
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Paying for College, Economics, Investing, Credit Scores, Career, Current Events
We will start this week off with an interesting history of the evolution of Labor Day from the New York Times. Economics This story from MarketWatch discloses new data recently disclosed by the Urban Institute that suggests 40% of Americans struggle to pay for necessities like food and rent. Investing  This article from FORTUNE magazine discusses how socially responsible investing can yield good results and provide adequate diversification. Amazon joins Apple at the $1 Trillion market...

Chart of the Week: What is the most popular college major?

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Aug 29, 2018
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Chart of the Week, Paying for College
Questions: What is the most popular major? Least popular major? Hint: Note that the charts all have different scales.  Now look at the trends for each of the majors. If you were asked to write a headline based on the data, what would you write?  Is the major you are interested in listed above? If so, why do you think the number of students pursuing this major is increasing/decreasing?  Do you have any other ideas on how this information might be displayed?  -------------...

Question of the Day: How many Americans have over $1,000,000 in student debt?

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Aug 28, 2018
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Question of the Day, Paying for College, Student Loans
Answer: 101 Hat tip to NGPF Fellow, James Redelsheimer of Robbinsdale Armstrong High School of Plymouth, Minnesota for providing today's Question of the Day.  Questions: Did you think it was possible to have this much student debt? Analyzing the graph on the previous slide, what types of degrees typically result in the largest amount of student debt? Do you think someone with this much debt should be able to have some it forgiven by the government? Why or why not? Click here for...

What We're Reading This Weekend (August 18-19)

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Aug 17, 2018
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Behavioral Finance, Investing, Checking Accounts, Chart of the Week, Budgeting, Paying for College
Quote of the week: In today’s world, information is cheap; meaning is expensive. [Bob Seawright] On the issue of sustainability front, Starbucks looking to save 6 billion cups from the waste stream. Their current to-go cup is difficult to recycle (audio from PRI). Yes, at some point, all good things must come to an end and we will have a recession again. Vanguard attaches some probabilities to it coming in 2020 in this NY Times piece.  Ever wonder why your students (and maybe you...

What I'm Reading this Weekend (July 14-15)

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Jul 13, 2018
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Current Events, Economics, Investing, Paying for College, Internships, Retirement
Economics Inflation ticked up in June to 2.9%, the highest level in 6 years. What does that mean for workers? (see Chart of the Week below) Rare earth metals, critical in production of Americans’ extra appendage (cellphones), come from China. How will the trade wars with China impact this market?  Higher Ed and News for Recent Grads The state of student loan debt in words and pictures! Berklee College of Music finds success by bucking the trend and making its Online program a...

Cartoons: A (Not So) Humorous Look at Student Loans

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Jul 04, 2018
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Paying for College, Cartoons, Student Loans
They say there is a little truth in all humor... Questions: What is the consistent theme running through all the comics? How do you think student debt is affecting borrowers post-college lives? Do a Google search to research online if there is evidence that student loans impact: Relationships Big-ticket purchases (e.g., auto loans) Living arrangements (independent vs. living at home) What are strategies you can use to prevent student loans from having such a dramatic impact on your life...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks To Melissa Fries About Running An Effective College Access and Success Program

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Jun 22, 2018
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Paying for College, Podcasts
 Melissa Fries has dedicated nearly two decades to ensuring students are equipped with the skills they need to thrive in the future. Initially recruited by her professor as a volunteer for the Making Waves Foundation, Melissa’s enthusiasm for the program has helped shape her to become their Executive Director of the College & Alumni Program. Hear how she, along with her team, enable low income youth to and through college and on to meaningful careers. Details: 0:00–1:04...

Question of the Day: Do consumers struggle more with repaying mortgage debt or student loan debt?

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Jun 03, 2018
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Student Loans, Question of the Day, Paying for College, Mortgages
Answer Student loan debt. Student loans had a 10.7% delinquency rate (over 90 days past due) vs. mortgage debt which had a delinquency rate of 1.2% in 1Q 2018.  Questions: What is the major difference between how a lender evaluates a consumer taking out a mortgage vs. how the government evaluates a student taking out a federal student loan?  What do you think happens if someone stops making payments on their mortgage? On their student loan?  Why do you think that more than 1 in...