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Students and parents need ample time and accurate information to prepare for the financial burden of a college education--those who lack this knowledge base face a significant access barrier to higher education. The early intervention community is calling for a method of delivering age-appropriate information in a timely manner as one means of rectifying an access divide that grows wider each year. This report presents a systematic way to develop an early information delivery program and describes how a program can integrate a method of delivering financial aid information into an existing intervention. The full length report provides a complete, high-level structure of that system enabling practitioners to implement the specific approach most appropriate for their target population and intervention. This abridged version highlights the most important elements in the report leaving out the details that explain the research supporting the findings guiding our recommendations. The abridged version also excludes program examples that exemplify the recommendations. This document is meant as a quick reference guide directing the reader to the parts of the full report that may prove most useful. Page references to the full report are provided. To assist students and families in making informed choices about the financial decision to attend college, three questions must be addressed: (1) What information do students need to know?; (2) How can that information best be delivered?; and (3) When is the most appropriate time to deliver the information? The report is a complete resource on early financial aid information and seeks a wide audience, including curriculum developers, policymakers, college advisors, and the early intervention community. By adapting the framework, guidelines, and unit plans to suit the needs of a program's target population, practitioners may use the resources in this report to develop a financial aid information system uniquely geared to the needs of their own students. [For the full report, Early & Often: Designing a Comprehensive System of Financial Aid Information. A Report of the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance, see ED529501.]

Descriptors: Student Financial Aid, Access to Information, Higher Education, Access to Education, Information Dissemination, Educational Benefits, Student Costs, Paying for College, Financial Aid Applicants, Guidelines, Family Involvement, Parent Participation, Mentors, Integrated Activities, Cultural Differences, Partnerships in Education, School Community Relationship, Peer Influence, Program Evaluation, Standards, Money Management, Delivery Systems, Outreach Programs, Time Management

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Author: Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=1968&id=ED529500







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