College: Plan Well and Pay Less

They say you gotta pay to play, and postsecondary education is no exception! High schoolers learn how to research and analyze the cost of postsecondary education as well as the different ways to pay for schooling. Learners then work together to identify expenses, scholarship opportunities, and create long-term financial plans.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Kick off the lesson by asking volunteers to share scholarship opportunities, if they know of any
  • As a large group, introduce the topic of loan default and have a brief discussion about the repercussions of default
Classroom Considerations
  • The lesson is one in a series of six career and college readiness lesson plans
  • Take some time to assemble postsecondary options in your state to make the lesson as relevant as possible
  • Each pair of students needs internet access for research
Pros
  • The lesson is richly detailed and provides a wealth of information and tips about postsecondary pathways
  • Pupils benefit from researching and analyzing cost information on their own
Cons
  • None