Thousands of Oklahoma eighth- through 12th-grade students will soon be receiving some valuable information that may help them prepare for a college education.
The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education recently distributed nearly 229,000 copies of two preparing for college brochures to junior high and high schools statewide.
State Regents officials designed two brochures, “The World Awaits You” for eighth- through 10th-grade students and “Destination Known” for 11th- through 12th-grade students, to inform them about the courses they must take in high school to be admitted to an Oklahoma state college or university.
The brochures also contain financial aid information and details regarding admission standards and placement scores, as well as the State Regents’ Student Information Hotline and Student Center Web site where students can get additional information. This year, the brochures were expanded to include student success stories and a glossary of college-related terms
Counselors at both public and State Department of Education-accredited private schools will receive the brochures and will make them available to their students. The brochures will also be sent to home school organizations and to the state’s public libraries.
This is the 12th consecutive year that the State Regents, along with the Oklahoma Guaranteed Student Loan Program (OGSLP), have undertaken such a mass mailing of preparing for college information and the second year that there are two separate brochures tailored for eighth through 10th graders and for 11th and 12th graders. Regents note that the effort is consistent with their Brain Gain 2010 goal of increasing the proportion of Oklahomans who hold a college degree by the year 2010.
Besides the preparing for college brochures, State Regents distributed three other publications to counselors to help them provide students with additional information about attending college.
High schools will receive the “Guide to Oklahoma Colleges and Universities,” which provides a short profile on each Oklahoma college and university and includes information on preparing for college, college costs and financial aid. The Guide was expanded this year to include more detailed financial aid information.
High school counselors will also receive the brochure “Are You Looking for Money?,” which provides information on Federal Stafford and PLUS loans, including the application process, borrowing limits, interest rates and repayment.
All schools will receive a flyer about the Oklahoma College Savings Plan, a program that provides families with a smart, flexible way to save for their children's futures.
Students and parents can also view or download the online versions of the publications soon by visiting the Student Center Web site.
“We are pleased to once again offer these publications to Oklahoma junior high and high school students so they will have information readily available to guide them as they prepare for college,” Chancellor Paul G. Risser said. “Having more college graduates in Oklahoma is extremely important to the future prosperity of the state, as well as individuals, and we are hopeful that these materials will help.”
For additional information, please call the State Regents’ toll-free Student Information Hotline at 1-800-858-1840 or visit the Student Center Web site.