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September 17, 2007 :: Eighth-12th Grade 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 more than 228,000 copies of two preparing for college brochures to middle, junior high and high schools statewide.

State Regents officials produced two grade-specific brochures for eighth- through 10th-grade students and for 11th- through 12th-grade students. Both versions of “Do you have a plan for college?” inform students 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 OKcollegestart.org Web site, where students can get additional information. The brochures include a glossary of college-related terms, information on estimated college costs, hourly wage comparisons for various jobs and information on choosing the right college.

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 state’s public libraries.

“As students begin their school year, they also should begin to consider where they want to continue their education after high school,” Chancellor Glen D. Johnson said. “These free publications will give our students the tools they need to make their plans for college.”

This is the 15th 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 fifth year that there are two grade-specific brochures. Regents note that the effort is consistent with their Brain Gain goal of increasing the proportion of Oklahomans who hold a college degree.

Besides the preparing for college brochures, State Regents distributed other materials to counselors to help them provide students with additional information about attending college.

High schools counselors received “The Official Guide to Oklahoma’s 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, and the “Are You Looking for Money?” booklet, a “one-stop” reference guide of information about student loans.

All schools received stickers to help remind students to visit www.OKcollegestart.org, the official source for planning a college education in Oklahoma.

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

For additional information, call the State Regents’ toll-free Student Information Hotline at 1.800.858.1840 or e-mail studentinfo@osrhe.edu.