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Ready-To-Use Presentations

This area is intended to provide counselors and mentors with a variety of ready-to-use presentations and talking points that are available to view online or to download. Many of the PowerPoint® presentations are available in both English and Spanish.

Talking Points -- this option provides you with an html document that contains the talking points for each slide. This file can be viewed, printed or downloaded (saved) to your computer. Hint: print the talking points and review them as you progress through the View Slides slideshow online.

Downloadable -- this option provides you with access to the actual PowerPoint® (PPT) file which can be viewed, printed or downloaded. If you launch the PPT from the pop-screen that appears, the file will launch in PowerPoint Viewer. If you right click on the link in the pop-up box, you'll have the ability to open the file or save it to your computer. Depending upon the size of the presentations, launching or downloading through this option can take a few minutes. The benefit to this option is that you can view the presentation offline using the PowerPoint software, which also allows you to view the slides and the talking points at the same time (using the View pull-down menu).

Early Awareness

It is never too early to start planning for college. This presentation provides tips and tools to educate that important student in your life about the process of planning for, applying to, and paying for college or other postsecondary options.

College is Possible: Four Steps to College

This presentation outlines four easy steps to actively prepare students to successfully transition from middle school to high school and from high school to college.

Financial Aid Awareness

Many students consider finances the biggest barrier to college. Use these presentations to introduce the financial aid process and to provide insight on ways to maximize available options.

The Financial Aid Process: Paying for College

Get the conversation started about paying for college. This session outlines the financial aid process, identifies trusted sources of information, summarizes state and federal aid programs, and introduces the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

El proceso de ayuda financiera: Cómo Pagar una Educación Universitaria

La meta de está presentación es de proporcionar información básica y necesaria para entender el proceso de ayuda financiera, conocer fuentes confiables de información, explicar los programas federales y estatales, e introducir la Solicitud Gratuita de Ayuda Federal para Estudiantes (Free Application for Federal Student Aid, FAFSA).

Financial Literacy

Equip students and families with the knowhow to make informed decisions about money and how it works. Loan options, interest rates, grace period, credit scores, and repayment rights and responsibilities are only a few of the financial literacy concepts that every student needs to learn to prevent them from becoming involved in transactions that are financially destructive.

Financing Higher Education: How To Get It and How To Pay For It

A college education can be the key to greater economic opportunity, but it can also be a source of staggering loans. As the costs of higher education continue to spiral upwards, there are many factors that play a role in the decision making. Will the education be a sound investment in terms of increased salary and career opportunities? What are the resources for financing higher education? How do you handle student loans after graduation? This session will be of value not only to people wanting to help their children, but also to people who are thinking about going back to school themselves.