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Match the definition with the correct vocabulary word.

_____ Admission requirements
_____ Apprenticeship
_____ Associate Degree
_____ Bachelor Degree
_____ Certificate
_____ Community College
_____ CSU
_____ Electives
_____ Full-time Student
_____ General education requirements
_____ Major
_____ On-the-Job Training
_____ Prerequisite
_____ Private Institution
_____ Trade or Technical School
_____ Quarter or Semester
_____ Transcript
_____ Transferable Units
_____ Tuition
_____ UC
_____ Undergrad
_____ Upper Division
_____ U.S. Military

A. A course needed for graduation credit, but not one of the specific course requirements.

B. A school that is not supported by state taxes.

C. A college student who generally takes a minimum of either 12 units per quarter or 12 units per semester.

D. Training provided by the employer while working.

E. Specific training in a trade which leads to a certificate.

F. Publicly supported and local oriented college that offers two
year programs that are transferable to a four year institution.

G. A set of rules established by each college for a student to be accepted.

H. Courses designated for the junior and senior years of college.

I. The primary or main subject students study at a college or university.

J. A fee that is paid for instruction in a school, college or university.

K. Verification of proven competency in a specific skill after training.

L. Courses, test scores, and/or grade level that must be completed before taking a specific course.

M. The 23 public state universities.

N. University of California – 9 campuses (public)

O. Three terms of 11 weeks of instruction or two terms of 17 – 18 weeks of instruction.

P. Course credits that are acceptable to another college.

Q. An official copy of awarded credits and grades from any school you have attended.

R. “Earn and learn” work-based education program

S. College student who has not yet received a bachelor’s degree.

T. Courses selected from several divisions required for a college degree usually completed in the first two years of college.

U. Title given to graduates upon completion of a four year college program.

V. Education and specialized training provided by “Uncle Sam”

W. Title given to a graduate upon completion of a two year college program.

Using the website, identify true and false statements. False statements will be rewritten correctly.

True/False Pretest about Post Secondary options.

1. Tuition fees at private colleges are less than at public colleges.

2. All college scholarships are based on academic performance.

3. College acceptance is based on your academic performance in Grades 9-12.

4. A community college offers a two year program.

5. Community college tuition fees are less than tuition fees at public colleges.

6. Most colleges require that students include an SAT score in their application.

7. Some private colleges have easier admission requirements than public colleges.

8. Public colleges and universities are supported by tax dollars.

9. Students can complete a college transfer program at a community college and complete the requirements for a four year degree at a college or university.

10. Students can drop out of high school and enlist in the military to finish school and get postsecondary training.

11. The college redirection program refers to students changing their college major.

12. Tuition fees at out of state public colleges are generally equivalent to in-state public colleges.

13. Only four year public colleges and universities are included at

14. Extra-curricular involvement is not a factor in college admission.

15. Most community colleges have an open door admissions policy.

16. Four year colleges and universities do not require second language courses for admission.

17. Colleges and universities supported by religious groups are considered public colleges.

18. has free test preparation courses for SAT and ACT.

19. Financial aid based on special talents, achievement, or skills of the student is referred to as merit-based aid.

20. Need-based financial aid is based on what a student’s family states that they are willing to pay for tuition.

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Most of you are seniors in this class, the rest are juniors and will also soon be choosing what to do after high school.  Look up the cost to the following colleges, universities and technical schools.  Also find out if credits are transferable.
1.  The Art Institutes

2.  ITT

3.  Yale

4.  Trinity University

5.  Harvard

6.  Kaplan

7.  Westwood College

8.  UCLA

9.  UTI

10.  College of the Desert

Record numbers of Americans are turning to higher education to give them a stronger edge in the job market. One of the fastest growing—and most controversial—sectors of the higher-education industry is for-profit colleges and universities. Use Google or your favorite search engine and prior knowledge to answer the following questions.

1) How do federal grants and loans benefit both students and for-profit schools?

2) Why do many graduates find it difficult to repay student loans?

3) Do you feel the for-profit schools that arrange for these loans are partly responsible for the problem? Explain.

4) For-profit institutions say they provide a valuable service to low-income and adult students that traditional higher education has given up on.  Do you agree or disagree?

5) Critics of for-profit schools say such institutions use high-pressure sales tactics to recruit students, provide easy access to federal financial aid, load them with debt, and leave the taxpayer stuck with the bill.  Do you agree or disagree?

1. Two students apply for federal student aid–a mediocre student and a high–achieving student. Which applicant will receive a higher award?

A.) The mediocre student
B.) The high-achieving student
C.) The student who applied first
D.) The better-looking student
E.) Cannot determine from the information given

2. What was the average cost of a private four-year college for the 2009-10 school year?

A.) 35,000
B.) 23,000
C.) 26,000
D.) 29,000
E.) 20,000

3. What’s the most expensive college in the United States?

A.) Harvard University
B.) George Washington University
C.) New York University
D.) University of Phoenix
E.) Arts Institute

4. What fraction of college students receives financial aid?

A.) One Quarter
B.) Two Thirds
C.) Three Quaters
D.) One Third
E.) 90 Percent

5. What was the total average amount of financial aid received by students at four-year colleges in 2008-2009?

A.) $2,725
B.) $5,600
C.) $10,185
D.) $11,300
E.) $12,272

6. What’s the total amount of financial aid out there, waiting to be snapped up by eager students?

A.) $986 Million
B.) $7 Billion
C.) $49 Billion
D.) $168 Billion
E.) $343 Billion

7. The first thing you need to do in the search for financial aid is fill out this form.


8. What’s the most sought-after form of financial aid?

A.) Federal Loans
B.) Grants
C.) Tax Deductions
D.) Work Study
E.) Stafford Loans

9. What’s the main federal grant program?

A.) Scott
B.) Lewis
C.) Pell
D.) Landsman
E.) Cisneros

10. What’s the main factor in evaluating if you’re eligible for a Pell Grant?

A.) Your SAT score
B.) Your High School GPA
C.) Your Volunteer Work
D.) Your Financial Need
E.) Your ACT score

Make sure you’re on track and getting what you need to be done.  Here is another good resource for information.  Click the image and look-over the checklist for High School Seniors planning on going to college. High School Kid Also, take the College Quiz here.  Click the image below to take quiz. your-son-or-daughter-won-t-be-eligible-for-need-ba1

17 years ago the music industry lost one of its most vocal and promising young talents.  Notorious BIG, aka Biggie Smalls, hailing from Brooklyn, NY, was known for his fierce lyrical ability and delivery.  Biggie would’ve been 42 years old today, but we lost him too soon at the age of 24.  Respect due to one of the greatest to ever touch a microphone.  Brooklyn Stand Up!

May 21, 1972 – March 9, 1997

iTunes U (iTunes Link), part of the iTunes Store, is an amazing venue for top-notch educational content from the world’s greatest universities, institutions, museums and other public educational foundations. From language lessons to audiobooks to lectures and more, iTunes U is a great place for those who love to learn. With the release of iTunes 9, Apple has put an even bigger spotlight on this great content by featuring it prominently inside the application.

Take some time to explore iTunes U then come back here to list a University or College that has posted a topic or lecture that you are interested in.

1) What is the topic or lecture about?

2) How do you think iTunes U will change the way people learn?

3) Do you think you can use this free service to learn?

4) What topic or lecture interested you?

Read the article at the following link and post a comment, 3 paragraphs, stating your opinion.

How important is a name?  Can you imagine going through life with a completely different name?  Do you think your life would be different if your parents decided on a different name?  How much does your name shape who you are?  Would you change your name if given the chance, if yes to what?

Have you ever googled your name?  What comes up when you google your name?  Think about it for a few minutes and respond in a few paragraphs.

Also, check out the article from CBS found at this link (or click the picture below.)

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