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My child will need financial assistance to attend Teachable Moments - Education is expensive and time consuming. college. Yes No College Choice Assessment What if your child chooses the wrong school? If my child does need financial assistance, his or her Use this short assessment to help your child “target” schools that offer financial assistance are: find the right college. The training program my child is interested in taking __________________________________________ ___________________________________________ Finding the ___________________________________________ is: This training is available at the following types of ___________________________________________ ___________________________________________ Right College schools: ___________________________________________ Technical college Once you and your child have gathered information Private career school about the criteria that are important and have selected Two-year college five to ten colleges that meet the criteria, visit each Four-year college or university school, if possible, and make a final decision. The size of school my child would like to attend: This is the beginning of (Check all that apply) an exciting journey! Small Medium Large For more information: My child would like to attend a school: (Check all that apply) Student Aid on the Web - www.studentaid.ed.gov In-state for information on preparing for, choosing, applying Out-of-state to, funding, attending and repaying college. In a small town In a mid-size city College is Possible - www.collegeispossible.org for a list of various resources that can help with the college In a large city search. The college my child attends should offer the following activities (for example - choir, drama, Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher A resource guide for families marching band, student government, newspaper): Education - www.ribghe.org ___________________________________________ ___________________________________________ College Planning Center of Rhode Island - ___________________________________________ www.collegeplanningcenter.org This brochure was originally prepared by Make a “target” school list. Five to ten schools that America’s Career Resource Network (ACRN) meet the preceding criteria are: Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training www.acrnetwork.org _______________________________________ ___________________________________________ Labor Market Information Unit ___________________________________________ Rhode Island Department of 1511 Pontiac Avenue ___________________________________________ Labor and Training Cranston, RI 02920 ___________________________________________ (401) 462-8740 phone | (401) 462-8766 fax ___________________________________________ (401) 462-8006 tdd ___________________________________________ DLT is an equal opportunity employer/program, auxiliary aids & services are www.dlt.ri.gov/lmi available on request to individuals with disabilities. 4/07 MDF Where can my child find What training options are How do I help my child find college information? available to my child? the right college? Choose a college based on criteria that There are four types of colleges: Important factors to keep in are important to you and your child. mind when choosing a college: When creating an educational plan, Four-year colleges/universities offer a variety of think about the future, and how college class subjects, as well as different degrees. Tuition at In-State or Out-of-State. In- will help your child prepare for a career. public colleges and universities is less than tuition at state tuition is less expensive than private colleges and universities. If your child wants out-of-state. Do colleges within your Where do I find information about colleges? to attend college outside of the state where you live, state offer the degree, activities and other Sending your child to college is a big investment. tuition at a public four-year college or university will criteria you and your child are looking for? Here are some ways to help your child choose the right be higher than if your child attended a public college or school. university within your state. Public or Private. Public schools generally have less restrictive admission requirements and cost less Talk to the high school counselor. Your child’s Community colleges offer three basic kinds of than private schools. Publicly funded state schools high school counselor is a great resource for degrees/certificates: are generally more accessible than private schools. information about colleges. The counselor can also - Academic transfer degrees Private schools, however, often offer smaller class help your child focus on his or her needs and goals - Professional-technical degrees and sizes and more personalized education. and has information about different types of schools. - Certificates of achievement The counselor may help collect or prepare college An academic transfer allows your child to complete School Size and Class Sizes. At large application materials for your child as well. the first 90 college credits at a community college, universities, your child may be in classes that range then transfer to a four-year college or university. The from 25 to 500 students. At small colleges, classes Visit a variety of schools. Schedule visits to professional-technical degree prepares your child directly usually range from five to 100 people. schools your child has an interest in, preferably while for work. A certificate program provides skills for entry classes are being taught. Get a feel for each school; into the job market or career advancement. Tuition Student Activities. You and your child should make sure you and your child are comfortable with the at a community college is less than tuition at a four- determine if the colleges and universities you are facilities, the equipment, the teachers and the students. year college or university; therefore, attending one for considering offer activities with which your child two years and transferring to a four-year college or would like to get involved. Ask questions. A good school will happily answer university is a good way to save on the cost of college your questions about its programs. Ask the school if your child decides to earn a bachelor’s degree or a Location. Is the college located in a rural about life after college for its students: How many higher degree. community, a small town or a city? This can be an graduate? How many get jobs because of the training important consideration when it comes to housing, they received? What kind of job placement services Technical colleges offer two-year degrees and transportation and access to off-campus activities. does the school offer students and graduates? shorter-term certificates in technical programs. Tuition at technical colleges is likely to be greater than that of a Atmosphere and Physical Surroundings. Each Check the cost. The school should give you a clear community college. school has its own atmosphere, which includes the statement of its tuition and fees. Remember that any interests and attitudes of the students as well as the federal financial aid you receive will be applied first Private career colleges offer specialized degree physical environment. It may be politically vibrant to paying the school’s tuition and fees. If there is any or certificate-granting programs. Tuition varies or it could center on school spirit, tradition, and money left over, the school may or may not allow depending on the school and the program, and some athletics. Collectively decide what atmosphere is best you to use the remainder to help your child pay for programs take less than two years to complete. for your child. Visit colleges whenever possible. expenses such as food and housing. Housing Options. Is on-campus housing Utilize your local library & the Internet as available? If your child wishes to live off-campus, other resources to find information on schools. will transportation be accessible and safe?
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