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Financing Higher Education: Helping Families Make Informed Choices

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Workshop Modules

The Financing Higher Education program is designed as a series of six one-hour workshop modules. Each module is intended to be taught to families, specifically, parents and students in middle school through high school.

Module 1: Start by improving family communication

Taking time to talk as a family can lead to additional knowledge and potential resources, which may be very helpful when planning future educational goals. In this module, families engage in discussions to explore options and consider possibilities for investing in education to meet future hopes and dreams.

Module 2: Learn to set and achieve goals as a family

Investing in higher education is a family commitment to an important shared goal, and every member of the family has a part to play in reaching that goal. In this module, families will practice setting actionable goals, develop a plan for reaching those goals, and the role of each family member.

Module 3: Every family member plays a role in achieving family goals

Families will learn about available financial resources to help them to pay for higher education or reduce student loan over-indebtedness. Families will learn the benefits, eligibility, and how and when to apply for public and private student financial aid. In addition, families will learn financial and higher education-related vocabulary.

Module 4: Know your options and your advocates

In Module 4, families will deepen their understanding of the financial options available to pay for higher education. Families will learn about the kinds of support services available to them, who to go to for supportive services to help them, and gain confidence in their ability to achieve their education goals.

Related resources

NEFE High School Financial Planning Program Training — Learn how to equip students with skills for financial independence as they prepare for college.

Credit and debt — Web resources to help you better understand your credit and manage your debt.

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