Portfolio Content: Education Research 2016

Research for Tomorrow (Yes, It's that Close)

Believe it or not, college is right around the corner. For over decade you've dreamed the dream of graduating from high school and making the proverbial leap into adulthood by attending college. For some, college represents freedom and independence. It's what you've been waiting for your entire life – no more curfews or getting the third–degree about where you've been, what you've been up to, or who you've been with. You'll make the decisions now.

For all of you, I hope college represents opportunity – opportunity to explore, to learn, to be successful, to make your dreams a reality.

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Earlier this year you created an incredible infographic on the school (or one of the schools) you hope attend. On that infographic your found some tremendous information and statistics which hopefully helped guide you through the thought process of where you could see yourself once you leave the grounds of the Crater campus.

In order to complete this assignment, you will need to go to the post-secondary school's (university, technical, vocational) or services website you are interested in and spend some time browsing through the website to get a feel for the school and where to find information.

Once you finish browsing through the school's website, research and record the following in a Word document for the College Content page in your portfolio:

School or Institution Description

  1. List the name of your school
  2. Write a brief description of the university or vocational school you plan to attend. If you plan to enter into the military, this also applies to you.
  3. Include the vision or mission statement of your university. This could also be the philosophy of the institution. If you plan to enter into the military, this also applies to you.
  4. In your own words, write a brief description of the campus and the city/town of the institution
    • A description should include the climate, surrounding landscape, available recreational activities, on campus housing, off campus housing, size of campus, size of town, etc.
  5. Include an image of the campus and a graphic of the logo for the institution

Academics

  1. Write a brief description of the undergraduate program you intend to enter
    • "Program" is essentially a broad term applied to the various degrees offered in a department — for example: a Business Program might offer degrees in Management, Accounting, or Marketing
  2. Write a brief a brief description of the major you intend to complete including the academic requirements needed to obtain the degree
    • This is a specific description of your major — for example: a person in the Business Program might earn a degree in Marketing with an emphasis in sales
  3. Explain what type of degree you will pursue — Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Masters, or Doctorate
  4. Include a timeline to illustrate the time it will take to complete your degree

Tuition and Living Expenses

  1. Create a table and include a budget for a typical year at school. Include:
    • Cost of tuition — specify if this is for resident or non-resident
    • Average cost of books and supplies
    • Average cost of housing — specify if you plan to live on campus, in an apartment, or at home
    • Average cost of food
    • Other essential necessities such as fuel, phone, clothing, etc.
    • Most schools have a breakdown of this information on their website.
  2. Paying for school
    • Research scholarships and find two that you can apply for (hint - Crater Foundation)
      • What are they? Include a brief description of each - why do you feel you are eligible for this scholarship?
      • List the requirements for the scholarship
    • Research Grants and Work Study
      • What is Work Study? Write a brief description, how much you would be paid, how much you could work and if you think you would be eligible for work study.
      • What is a Pell Grant? Write a brief description and the maximum amount of the grant and if you think you would be eligible to receive a Pell Grant.
    • Federal Student Loans
      • What is a Stafford Unsubsidized Loan? Write a brief description including the maximum amount you can borrow in a school year and the current interest rate.
      • What is a Stafford Subsidized Loan? Write a brief description including the maximum amount you can borrow in a year and the current interest rate.
      • What is a Parent Plus Loan? Write a brief description including the maximum amount you can borrow in a year and the current interest rate.
    • Write a paragraph that justifies taking out a student loan to pay for college.
      • Save this document as ed_research2016

Fun Facts:
The average yearly salary for someone with a Bachelors degree is around $52,000
The average yearly salary for someone with an advanced degree is around $78,000

Sites: collegeboard.com - College Navigator - great link for the information required below