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Talking with your family about paying for higher education


Through Internet research, students build their awareness of scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study options and then share their findings with a parent or guardian.

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 the types of financial aid
  • Organize some basic information about financial aid to present these options to a parent or guardian  

What students will do

  • Research financial aid on selected government websites.
  • Find out basic information about different types of financial aid (grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study).
  • Talk with a parent or guardian about these options.

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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.