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September 18, 2008 :: College Prep Materials Will Benefit Eighth- Through 12th-Grade Students

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Thousands of Oklahoma eighth- through 12th-grade students will 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 total 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, 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 another school year begins, students should start thinking about what they want to do after high school and where they want to go to college,” Chancellor Glen D. Johnson said. “These free publications will give students the tools they need to make their plans for college.”

This is the 16th consecutive year 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 sixth 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.

In addition to 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.

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 visit www.OKcollegestart.org, call the State Regents’ toll-free Student Information Hotline at (800) 858-1840 or e-mail studentinfo@osrhe.edu.