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March 27, 2014 | 4:00pm-6:00pm | Farmington High School

COLLEGE FAIR STUDENTS! Pre-register here to receive a bar code with your information! Colleges can scan this so you do not need to fill out all of the registration cards at the fair.

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Dear Students and Families, Farmington High School is excited to announce that we will be hosting a Minnesota Education Fair on Thursday, March 27th from 4:00-6:00 p.m. for all students and families from Farmington and surrounding communities. This will mark our second year hosting this FREE event sponsored by the Minnesota Association for College Admission Counseling (MACAC). This college fair is one in a series of regional college fairs held around Minnesota to inform students and families about educational options beyond high school. This College Fair is a valuable resource for students in providing them with pertinent college information that will help them make informed decisions about the future. The event features over 120 public and private colleges and universities, community and technical colleges, professional schools, and military organizations – creating an ideal platform to ask questions, gather information and network with college admissions counselors. Prior to attending the college fair we highly recommended that students register their personal information at www. gotocollegefairs.com. The registration process will save students time as it will allow them to generate a personal barcode that can be printed out or pulled up electronically via a smartphone or IPad and scanned by colleges that the student is interested in (as opposed to filling out student information cards at each booth). Ideally, parents and students will be able to attend together. However, if that is difficult, the college fair is valuable for students who attend without their parents – especially if the student has taken some time to think about what interests them in a postsecondary institution. Evidence suggests that good planning and thorough research of multiple postsecondary options increases the likelihood of a good match between the student and the postsecondary institution. If you have any questions about the College Fair at Farmington High School contact Sarah Garcia at (651)252-2815 or sgarcia@farmington.k12.mn.us. We look forward to seeing you on March 27th! Sincerely, Farmington High School Counseling Department

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Report on student college debt has surprising, useful information by Joe Nathan SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

A 2012 report on national and Minnesota college student debt has some surprising, and potentially useful information for families. The report comes from the Institute for College Access and Success, a national nonprofit group viewed as worthy of notice from organizations such as the New York Times, NBC News, CNN and USA Today. The institute describes itself as a group that “works to make higher education more available and affordable for people of all backgrounds.” “Student Debt and the Class of 2012,” with statistics from many Minnesota colleges and universities, along with others around the country, is available at http://www.projectonstudentdebt.org/state_by_state-data.php. The first key finding is that Minnesota college and university graduates rank fourth highest in the country in the amount of debt they have accumulated. The national average is $29,400. But in Minnesota, the average debt of graduates is $31,497. Moreover, 70 percent of Minnesota graduates have debt. That also ranks fourth highest in the nation.

Wisconsin graduates rank 14th with $28,102 in debt. Iowa ranks sixth, with $29,456; South Dakota ranks 28th, with $25,121. North Dakota average debt was not reported. The second potentially surprising finding is that average debt of graduates is among the state’s lowest at Minnesota’s most expensive colleges. Carleton and Macalester are Minnesota’s two most expensive higher education institutions, both charging more than $42,000 in tuition and fees in 2011-12. But the average debt was $17,289 for a Carleton graduate. Macalester’s average debt was $23,285. These compare with debt of 2012

graduates at, for example, Minneapolis College of Art and Design ($43,650), Concordia University in St. Paul ($42,020), Hamline ($40,472), College of St. Benedict ($40,030), St. Catherine University ($39,230), Saint John’s University ($34,889), Bethel ($32,483), Gustavus Adolphus ($28,124) and St. Olaf ($27,637). The study also includes the average debt of Minnesota public universities. For example, here is the average debt of 2012 graduates at several public universities: University of Minnesota Duluth ($31,711), St. Cloud State University ($30,990), University of Minnesota Twin Cities ($29,702), Minnesota State University – Mankato ($29,587) and University of Minnesota Morris ($25,124). There are many ways to interpret these statistics. Here are several things that students and families may consider: • Don’t just look at the official cost of a college and university. If money is a factor (and for most of us, it is), it’s vital to check the amount of grant and work as well as loan funding available. This can make a huge difference. • As the figures above (and others in the full report) show, there is a differ-

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ence of $15,000 to $20,000 in average debt among graduates of different Minnesota colleges and universities. • Don’t assume that the colleges with the highest official costs will be most expensive. • Students can save themselves and their families thousands, sometimes tens of thousands of dollars by taking dual (high school and college) credit courses while in high school. • Acceptance policies of dual credit courses vary among Minnesota’s public and private institutions. The Center for School Change, where I work, has a free, interactive map on its website explaining these policies for each Minnesota public and private nonprofit college or university. It’s available at http://bit.ly/1cB4sfi. The institute’s report notes that student debt has increased about 6 percent per year over the past few years. High school course taking and comparison shopping can make a huge difference. Joe Nathan, formerly a Minnesota public school teacher, administrator and PTA president, directs the Center for School Change. Reactions welcome, joe@centerforschoolchange.org. Columns reflect the opinion of the author.

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Students can use online resources to help them plan While studies show that getting the right education and training will result in a better-paying job, going to college or career school is a big investment in time, money, and effort. U.S. Department of Education officials urge students to make sure to take their time and research options. Students are encouraged to go online to http://studentaid.ed.gov/prepare-for-college/choosing-schools where they will find answers to what types of schools there are, along with resources to help students find the right college or career school. The following information comes from the website.

What types of schools are there? There is a wide array of schools available for higher education. Options include two- and four-year colleges and universities, vocational, trade, and career schools, online schools, and graduate schools. There are so many different types of schools that the options can seem overwhelming. To help you figure out which colleges and/or career schools might be best for you, we provide descriptions of the main types of schools and the average time it takes students to graduate.

Public or private? Public schools are operated or funded by state and local governments. Private schools are not affiliated with a government organization. They may be nonprofit colleges, such as those run by private foundations or religious denominations. Or, they may be for-profit businesses, such as many career, online, or technical schools. Since private schools receive less (or no) money from state and local governments, they usually cost the same whether you live in or outside of the state. This cost is often higher than the cost of attending a public school in your state.

Because costs can vary significantly from school to school, you should make sure to research the schools you are interested in. Any school that participates in the federal student aid programs is required to provide information on its cost of attendance on its website. The school is also required to provide a net price calculator which will give you an idea of how much a program may cost after subtracting any financial aid.

Four-year colleges and universities Students who attend a four-year college or university typically earn a bachelor’s degree once they have successfully completed a program of study, which usually takes about four years. A college usually offers a four-year bachelor’s degree in the arts (such as English, history, drama) or sciences (such as biology, computer science, engineering). Some colleges also offer advanced degrees, such as master’s or other graduate degrees, after you’ve earned your bachelor’s degree. Universities offer bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees, and sometimes have professional schools such as a law school or medical school. Universities tend to be larger than colleges, may have larger class sizes, and often focus on scholarly or scientific research.

Two-year colleges Community colleges and junior colleges award associate degrees once students have successfully completed a two-year course of study. Some two-year colleges grant diplomas or certificates of completion to students who have met course requirements and are ready to practice in their career fields, such as nursing. Community and junior colleges are similar, except that a junior See RESOURCES, 10A

    

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Americans got a minor respite from the ever-escalating cost of a college education in the 2013-2014 school year, as tuition and fees for in-state students at public four-year colleges rose only 2.9 percent, the smallest one-year increase since 1975-76, according to the College Board. Still, going to college often means finding creative — and affordable — ways to cover an expense that, on average, according to the College Board, exceeds $18,000 a year for an in-state public college, $31,000 a year for an out-of-state public college and $40,000 a year for a private college (tuition, fees, room and board). Extrapolate those costs over four years and it’s clear why 60 percent of students who earned bachelor’s degrees in 2011-12 graduated with college debt. For them the average debt was $26,500. Which is why it’s important for families and individuals who are exploring their college funding options to familiarize themselves with FAFSA, the Free Application for Financial Aid ( www.

FAFSA.ed.gov). Administered by the U.S. Dept. of Education, FAFSA is a free process to apply for financial aid, serving as the primary gateway to millions of dollars in grants, scholarships and federal loans for undergraduate and graduate school programs. “The general consensus is, just about everyone should go through the FAFSA process, regardless of income, because it allows you to pursue merit-based scholarships, along with grants, loans and scholarships based on financial need,â€? said, Joseph D. Clemens, CFP, cofounder of Wisdom Wealth Strategies in Denver, Colo. People who know the nuances and complexities of FAFSA before starting the process give themselves the best chance of tapping those dollars. Here are some suggested steps to take: • Browse the FAFSA website for more on what the process entails, the documents you’ll need to apply, including tax returns, financial records (bank and See FAFSA, 9A

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The MN College Planner helps high school students prepare for college The Minnesota Office of Higher Education released an application in mid-2013 to help Minnesota high school students prepare for college. The MN College Planner is a web application that can be downloaded for free, providing students access to the information they need to start planning for college in a platform that is personal and familiar. It provides students with their own personal toolkit to explore college options and manage the tasks associated with preparing for and applying to college. Students can use the mobile app to answer many financial aid questions as they are searching for schools, a task that was previously more challenging than a few quick swipes on a phone. This is an important step toward helping more Minnesota students prepare for college in a quickly growing

technological society, according to a release from the office of Gov. Mark Dayton. Students can use the Minnesota College Planner to : â&#x20AC;˘ Search for colleges by location, type, size, majors, cost, and admission requirements. â&#x20AC;˘ Track your favorite schools. â&#x20AC;˘ Create task lists to help start planning and staying on track as early as 8th grade. â&#x20AC;˘ Schedule college campus visits. â&#x20AC;˘ Reminders on upcoming events such as ACT testing dates and when to fill out the FAFSA. â&#x20AC;˘ Timelines for when to have pieces of applications completed that can link to phone calendars for easy reminders. â&#x20AC;˘ Guide for what classes to take in high school to meet the entrance guidelines for their dream career. You can access the application on a computer or phone by visiting www. mncollegeplanner.com.

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FAFSA, from 6A brokerage statements, etc.) and more, and filing deadlines. FAFSA relies on a formula that determines the Expected Family Contribution and understanding this formula can help you make the necessary adjustments to your finances. â&#x20AC;˘ Gather information on the specific financial aid programs, requirements and deadlines at the schools to which you plan to apply. Also visit a site like www.savingforcollege.com for valuable insight on college finances. â&#x20AC;˘ File early, accurately, and electronically. Start the application process as close to the Jan. 1 opening date as possible to accommodate potential snags

in the process and to get a better place in the queue for first-come, first-serve funding opportunities. Be sure to thoroughly and accurately fill out all required forms, and file them electronically if possible, said Clemens, because processing usually is significantly faster that way. â&#x20AC;˘ Be income-conscious. In many cases, income weighs most heavily in determining a personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eligibility for loans, grants and the like. The value of your assets weighs significantly less, or not at all. Since a lower income generally means a person can qualify for more funding, Clemens suggests that parents/ guardians increase their tax-deductible retirement plan contributions in the

year(s) leading up to the student starting college in order to lower their net income. Parents should also consider tax favored investing such as a 529. â&#x20AC;˘ Meet with a financial planner and/ or a tax advisor with expertise in college funding. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re out there, and their suggestions can save you significant amounts of time and money. Find one in your area by visiting the Financial Planning Associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s national database of financial experts at www.PlannerSearch.org. â&#x20AC;˘ Seek answers. If you have questions or need clarification during the FAFSA process, rely on a school counselor, the financial aid office at the institution to which youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re applying, and/or FAFSAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

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Career schools Career schools, also known as technical, vocational, or trade schools may be public or private, although many are for-profit businesses; typically offer programs that are two years or less; and provide students with formal classes and hands-on experience related to their future career interests, from welding to cosmetology to medical imaging. Technical schools teach the science behind the occupation, while vocational schools focus on hands-on application of

skills needed to do the job. You may earn a diploma or a certificate, prepare for a licensing exam, or study to begin work as an apprentice or journeyman in a skilled trade. Remember that financial assistance programs and requirements can vary from school to school. Plus, not all colleges and career schools participate in the federal student aid programs. Always check with your school to find out what financial aid is available there.

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Attend college fairs College fairs give you the chance to talk to representatives from multiple colleges and career schools. You can learn about various schools, and their representatives will answer your questions. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in high school, ask your school counselor about college fairs in your area. You can also go online to find the National Association for College Admission Counseling college fairs or National Scholarship Service college fairs.

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