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Composing songs and verses about paying for college


Students write a song, rap, or poem that captures some key strategies people use to pay for college.

Big idea

Financial aid — in the form of scholarships, grants, work-study options, and loans — can help pay for higher education.   

Essential questions

  • How can financial aid help pay for higher education?
  • What might be the best option for me when planning to pay for higher education?


  • Identify ways to pay for higher education (e.g., savings and financial aid)
  • Create an informative song, rap, or poem

What students will do

  • Review basic information about paying for college (if necessary, they can research financial aid on selected government websites).
  • Write a song, rap, or a poem about paying for college.

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Note: Please remember to consider your students’ accommodations and special needs to ensure that all students are able to participate in a meaningful way.

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