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August 24, 2005 :: Junior High and High School Students to Benefit From College Prep Materials

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

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education recently distributed nearly 230,000 copies of two preparing for college brochures to junior high and high schools statewide.

State Regents officials produced two separate brochures for eighth- through 10th-grade students and 11th- and 12th-grade students, titled “Plug in Your Plan,” 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. The brochures include student success stories and a glossary of college-related terms. New to the brochures this year is information on estimated college costs and salary comparisons for various jobs.

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 13th 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 third 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 “Official 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.

High school counselors will also receive an improved “Are You Looking for Money?” booklet, a “one-stop” reference guide of information about student loans.

All schools will receive a flier 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 at www.okhighered.org.

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.

“We are pleased to once again provide these helpful information resources for students and their families,” Chancellor Paul G. Risser said. “Gathering college prep information can be quite time-consuming, so we hope that these publications will provide students and their families with easy-to-use material as they prepare for college.”