CALCULATE: What is the Value of a College Education?
In this activity, students will be able to:
Calculate the value of a college education.
First, they will estimate it’s value. Then, they will use a chart from the Dept. of Labor to calculate the value (in career earnings) of different levels of education. Finally they will reflect on that value.
Complete a Web Quest to define key vocabulary terms in the process of applying to college and paying for it, including: University vs College, Bachelor’s vs Master’s Degrees, Public vs Private Colleges, and In-State vs Out-of-State Tuition.
In this Common Core-aligned project, students will follow directions to complete a fully customized budget for their monthly expenses while in college. They’ll reflect on how these decisions impact their college experience and their future.
In this Common Core-aligned project, students will learn why so many students fail to file the FAFSA each year, research how many students at their school file the FAFSA, and create a marketing campaign to encourage more students at their school to file the FAFSA.
In this Common Core Standards-aligned project, students will make a budget that allows them to move off campus for less money than room and board. They will also determine how the immediate savings are impacted if paid with student loans. They will also create a slideshow presentation to persuade their parents.
In this Common Core-aligned project, students will work in a group to plan a spring break college vacation. After completing a budget and slideshow, they’ll present their vacation in competition with the other groups in the class for best trip.
In this Case Study, students assume the role of guidance counselor to help students clear their misconceptions about the sticker price of college and other important factors they should consider when choosing a school.
In this Case Study, students assume the role of an older sister who had been through the college repayment experience to help her younger brother think about all of the important factors in paying for college after you graduate.
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