AUSTIN - Watch for KFDM live reports at 5, 6 and 10 on Tuesday from Austin and learn how to get answers about funding your child's college education.
Beginning at 5 you can call 888-311-8881 or go to www.CollegeForAllTexans.com and get your questions answered.
The 2013 “College Affordability Phone Bank” is an outreach effort between the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) – a state agency – TG and Texas colleges and universities that focuses on three critical messages for the primary audience of students and families of Texas:
1. College IS affordable for ALL families;
2. College is an Investment;
3. There’s more to college than just a four-year degree.
Despite the troubled U-S economy, there’s still lots of money available for a college education in the form of outright grants and scholarships (free money), college work study programs and low interest student loans. But students MUST fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to unlock the door. We’re not only targeting young people, but older adults who may have started college and never finished, or those adults who may need to be re-trained for a new career due to lay-offs or changing interests.
· In general, a college education in Texas is affordable for students, whether they are from low-income or middle-income families.
· Parents are not alone in coming up with the money needed to pay for college. Federal, state, and institutional funds, in the form of financial aid, are available for almost all students to help them pay for college.
· To get that aid, students (with help from their parents or legal guardians) must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.
· The FAFSA is the first step to getting financial aid, but you should complete the form early (this month) so that you don’t miss any opportunity for the best types of financial aid – money that doesn’t have to be paid back.
College is an Investment
· It pays to go to college. An investment in a college education is an investment in yourself – in your future.
· Individuals earning at least an associate’s degree will see a boost in earnings per year, an average of $7,000, above those with just a high school diploma, and
· Experts believe that over a lifetime, a student who earns at least a bachelor’s degree will make, on average, more than $1.2 million more than a high school graduate who does not earn a college degree.
· Financial aid is available to help you begin your investment in college – you should begin today by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The application is free – and the time needed to complete the form also is a good investment in you.
· In 2012, the current national unemployment rate for college graduates was much lower than the overall U-S unemployment rate, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Broad Spectrum of Postsecondary Education
· Texas students can choose from several different types of postsecondary education institutions, depending on your personal interests and level of academic preparation.
· Students can attend colleges and universities that award bachelor degrees, community and technical colleges that award associates degrees and certificates, or career and vocational schools that offer short-term certificate programs. The choice is yours.
· Texas has community colleges, universities, and career / vocational schools throughout the state; they are in every urban area and every region of the state.
· Each college, university, and career / vocational school has its own admissions requirements – we encourage you to contact your guidance counselor or the school of your choice to talk to them about their admissions policies.