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.
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.
While the amount of money for college may seem overwhelming, there are many ways to lower the price through scholarships and aid. You can pay the rest with loans and any money you have saved up from high school.
Many college grads end up with a job as a retail employee and such, so is college really worth it? Yes, college graduates make over $400,000 more than people without, proof of the benefit a college education can provide.
If you decide to go to college and apply for financial aid, you will receive a financial aid award letter. This letter will tell you exactly how much aid you will be getting and help you figure out how much money you will spend on college.
To get financial aid for college, you need to file for the FAFSA. Grants, loans, and work study are offered at a first come first served basis, so it is better to file for the FAFSA as soon as possible.
The number of FAFSA applications being submitted yearly has declined steadily. This year that trend continued to due to the pandemic, but many experts are saying that families shouldn't be too quick to give up on FAFSA!
Life in the midst of a pandemic comes with a lot of uncertainty. Many wonder if college is worth the prioce tag in a rapidly changing economy. What are the latest arguments for and against attaining a college degree?
Many Americans lack money management skills, and the only way to fix that is through learning about personal finance. Studies show that Americans who get personal finance in school were smarter about paying for college.
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