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August 26, 2003 :: Junior High and High School Students Will Benefit from College Prep Publications

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Thousands of Oklahoma eighth- through 12th-grade students will be receiving some valuable information soon that may help them prepare for a college education.

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education recently distributed more than 227,000 copies of the two preparing for college brochures to junior high and high schools statewide.

State Regents officials designed two brochures, “College…It’s Closer Than You Think” for eighth- through 10th-grade students and “Why Not College? Why Not You?” 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.

Counselors at both public and State Department of Education-accredited private schools received the brochures and will make them available to their students. The brochures will also be sent to home school organizations and to the Oklahoma Department of Libraries for distribution to the state’s public libraries.

This is the 11th 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 first 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 high school counselors to help them provide students with additional information about attending college.

The “Guide to Oklahoma Colleges and Universities” provides a short profile on each Oklahoma college and university and includes information on preparing for college, college costs and financial aid.

The booklet “Grant and Scholarship Programs” describes need-based financial aid, state scholarship programs, specialized financial aid, U.S. Department of Education financial aid programs, the Oklahoma 529 College Savings Plan and federal tuition credits.

And finally, counselors also received 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.

Students and parents can also view or download the online versions of the publications by visiting the Student Center Web site at www.okhighered.org.

“We are pleased once again to provide Oklahoma’s students and their families with pertinent information that they can use to begin their preparations for college,” Chancellor Paul G. Risser said.

“The key for students to succeed in college is to be adequately prepared before getting there. That’s why it’s extremely important that they make sure they take the right courses and study hard.”

Risser added that studies show that college graduates earn about $1 million more than high school graduates over their lifetimes.

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.