Lesson Plan

Paying for College: Understanding Financial Aid Options

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With many options to pay for college, middle schoolers learn about each possibility and that continuing their education is worth the investment. They discover the difference between a grant and a loan and that some expensive colleges may offer substantial financial aid to offset the cost to their families. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Use in high school classes to get prompt them to start thinking about college
Classroom Considerations
  • Chart paper, markers, and class handouts are required for the activity
  • Promotes dialogue of college options with young teenagers
  • The 11-page packet provides a detailed lesson that includes discussion prompts and teacher guidance
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