Choosing the college you are going to attend is a big deal! Even before
that decision is ready to be made, though, there are several key questions
for prospective college students and their families to consider... How
are colleges different, and which is best for you? What will college life
be like? What are the specific skills that will help you succeed in college?
And the big question - how is it going to be paid for?
Idaho Public Television offers a number of programs to help with these
College Experience: Keys to Success
This series has been designed for use with students in both colleges and
secondary schools to teach, inform, motivate and stimulate lively group
discussion. Based on the nationally-acclaimed University 101 freshman seminar
course at the University of South Carolina directed by John N. Gardner,
this series is highly adaptable to other educational settings and can be
used with a variety of freshman seminar texts.
PROGRAM TITLES & BRIEF DESCRIPTIONS
#101 Keys to Success
The factors that contribute to student success. Decision-making and
goal-setting to achieve success in college.
#102 Time Management
The foundation of academic success--balancing freedom and responsibility.
#103 Learning Styles
Knowing and appreciating personal learning styles and different styles
of teaching. Learning the importance of study groups.
#104 Listening and Learning in the Classroom
Learning to practice active listening skills. Developing an efficient
and effective note-taking system.
#105 A Sound Approach to Textbooks
Learning how to read difficult text material. Developing better reading
#106 Making the Grade
Developing test-taking strategies. Dealing with test anxiety.
#107 Teacher and Student-Partners in Learning
Learning about and feeling comfortable with professors. Understanding
how college professors have different expectations and behaviors than
high school teachers.
#108 An Information Age Introduction to the Library
Understanding the importance of information and how it can be retrieved,
processed and used. Introducing college library services.
#109 Finding Answers-Your College Catalog & Academic Advisor
Introducing students to the key components of the college catalog.
Defining the role of the academic advisor. Developing a good relationship
with an academic advisor.
#110 Major, Career, Transfer Planning
Introducing a process for career planning and major selection. Identifying
personal interests and skills.
#111 Yourself and Others
Developing effective styles of interpersonal communication. Balancing
respect and assertiveness. Learning about the benefits of involvement.
#112 Healthy Decisions-Sexuality, Drugs and Stress
Making responsible decisions about sexual behavior, drugs and alcohol,
and stress. Understanding sexual harassment.
If an educational institution wishes to use this
series for educational purposes, that institution must pay the $250 licensing
fee. Please direct inquiries to 1-800-257-2578, PBS Adult Learning Services,
Adult Learning Services.
FUNDING YOUR FUTURE
Commonly Asked Questions
Q - How do I find out about scholarships?
A - Sources include high school counselors, the college
or university itself, civic groups (Elks, Rotary, etc.), parents or
your employer, and religious organizations. You may also do a scholarship
search by using the Internet. Several scholarship searches exist
on the Web; to link to many of them, go to the Idaho Association of
Student Financial Aid Administrator's web site
It is recommended that you not pay an outside
agency to help you do a scholarship search; you have access to the same
information by going to the Web. Also be on the lookout for scholarship
scams (check out the Federal
Trade Commission's Scholarship Scam website)
Q - Should I fill out the FAFSA (the Free Application
for Federal Student Aid)?
A - Yes. Until you complete the FAFSA, you will not
know what types of aid, if any, for which you will qualify. It takes
about an hour to complete and there is no cost other than the postage
stamp if you choose to mail in the paper copy. (You may also apply using
the internet at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/) The
FAFSA is available at all high schools, colleges and universities. Order
our program to learn tips on filling out the FAFSA.
Q - What happens if my financial circumstances change
and I need more financial aid?
A - Visit with the financial aid officer at your college/university
to see if there are other options. There may be a way to obtain additional
assistance if you have an extreme change in your financial situation
or have unusual financial circumstances.
Helpful Links to guide you
through the Financial Aid process
Free Application for
Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
of Student Financial Aid Administrators
of America's Colleges and Universities
The Financial Aid Information
Financial Aid Search
Through the Web
Trade Commission's $cholarship $cam Campaign
Mach25 Scholarship Search
Scholarships and Financial Aid Page