Today, many young Americans are carrying the burden of paying off their massive student loan debt. In America, the student loan debt has climbed to over 1.2 trillion dollars as college tuition has continuously gone up. In fact, it’s going up more rapidly than both wages and inflation. This is causing a lot of stress on graduates coming out of school, having to pay off this debt while it continues to collect interest. All in all, college is a business. In today’s article, I’m going to show you three ways to keep college spending costs down.
1. Scholarships and Grants
Depending on your academic performance, you may qualify for a lot of scholarships. However, scholarships aren’t limited to only academics. Start browsing the web and applying for scholarships that you qualify for. Also, the state may give you grants depending on your socioeconomic background. In the end, apply for as much financial aid as possible.
2. Community College
Community College is a great option for those wanting to complete their general education courses at a cheaper cost. Also, community college allows one to stay closer to home, keeping college costs down.
3. Make a plan
In the end, you have to have a specific plan if you are taking out any loans or going to college at all. Make sure the major you are going into is in the field that you want to get a job in. Making a plan ensures you that you will have a well thought out college experience.
Rocketship Education has been delivering the educational needs of students and parents since 2006. It consists of a network of charter schools for students in grades K-12. The organization serves low-income communities with limited access to the good schools. The goal of Rocketship Education is to close the achievement gap between school-age children from underserved and resource-deprived areas and those from other communities.
In Rocketship schools, each student is given the instruction that they need at the right time utilizing the right method. This personalized and customized approach to learning is a teacher-led effort that is supported by technology. Rocketship’s blended learning style has received national attention. It departs from the traditional classroom model by making the material and the children learning it more manageable. Small groups of students receive in-depth instruction that is targeted to their individual strengths and weaknesses.
Rocketship is driven by the principle of community involvement. Parents play a pivotal role in Rocketship charter schools. They work with school teachers and administrators to ensure that what is taught in the classroom is actually learned by their children. Rocketship has a program that deeply engages parents. Its aim is to make them learning advocates for their children and education activists in their communities.
In fact, parents are heavily involved in the screening and hiring of new teachers. Some Rocketship schools train select groups of families on how to conduct panel interviews. Other charter schools in the network organize community meetings so that parents can meet the final list of teacher candidates face-to-face.
This arrangement is not one that all teachers find comfortable. Not every job candidate is willing to engage with parents in the intense and persistent way demanded by Rocketship. However, this is one of the qualities that distinguishes the organization from other charter schools, and Rocketship will continue to explore and develop new ways of bringing parents, teachers, and school administers together for the sake of its students.
Orange Coast College‘s new planetarium will have a Foucault pendulum, a gift from Mary McChesney who wants to see the new planetarium to attract students and community members who are interested in scientific studies. McChesney, who taught languages at OCC before retiring, said she made the generous $1 million donation in honor of her late partner, Adelyn Bonin, who also taught languages at OCC. The new planetarium replaces the one built in the 1950’s. Astronomical technology has changed so rapidly that the college decided to tear down the old planetarium and build a new one with far more seating in the auditorium. The new building will open in 2018, just in time for the fall semester. OCC students studying planetary and stellar astronomy and cosmology will have a brand new, state-of-the-art planetarium to make their studies more fruitful. The OCC Foundation has undertaken the renovation and establishment of numerous other campus buildings, including the Robert B. Moore Theatre and the Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion, in addition to funding the planetarium.
Each semester, over 25,000 students, 1,200 of which are international students, study at OCC, taking classes in one of the colleges 135 career and academic programs. Student life at OCC is exciting, with numerous sports programs for men and women and over 60 student clubs and organizations. While there are numerous activities for students outside of the classroom, OCC’s mission is to enable students to earn academic degrees and certificates in technical education, in addition to preparing students to transfer to one of the California State University or University of California school systems.
To learn more, visit http://www.orangecoastcollege.edu/.