Governor's Institute for Career Education and Work
Education and Financial Aid Search


Governor’s Institute for Career Education and Work Activity

by Jane Graeff, Robert Allison and William Turbitt


Education and Financial Aid Search

Standards Addressed
  • 13.1G.8 Analyze factors related to the cost of education or training and sources of scholarships and sources of student loans.
  • 1.1.8 A Locate appropriate texts.
  • 1.1.8 D Identify basic facts and ideas in text using specific strategies.
  • 1.2.8 A Read and understand essential content of informational texts and documents in all academic areas.
  • 1.2.8 B Use and understand a variety of media and evaluate the quality of material produced.
Brief Overview Students will identify institutions which offer education/training in a career field they are considering and potential sources of funding for that program.
Grade Level 8th
Content Area(s) Career Education
Other standards supported ASCA, PSCA, NCDG
Prep Time 30 minutes
Implementation Time 80 minutes
Learning Objectives
  1. Students will be able to identify institutions offering education/training in their chosen career field.
  2. Students will be able to identify potential sources of financial aid.
Materials Needed Computer with internet access
Detailed Activity Steps
  1. Students will access the internet.
  2. Students will access one or more college search websites:,, and utilize it to search for institutions offering education or training programs in their chosen field.
  3. Students will identify at least three programs in which they could participate and will determine the total cost to complete the program.
  4. Students will access two or more scholarship search and/or financial aid websites:,,,,  to identify potential ways of financing their education/training program.
  5. Students will identify at least three potential sources of financial aid.
Theory basis Brown’s Values-Based Holistic Model
  1. Student lists of educational/training institutions and sources of financial aid.
  2. Journal entry summarizing their findings (informal).
  1. Students can identify other websites to conduct their searches especially in the financial aid area using internet search engines.
  2. Students could also perform both searches using resources available in libraries and school counseling offices, or by using computer based career/college guidance programs such as (Choices, CX Online & e-Choices) and COIN.
Enhancement Activities Students should contact their high school counseling office to identify local scholarships as they are not normally identified by scholarship search engines.
Adaptation for at risk kids It may be helpful for students with disabilities to meet with the district transition coordinator because they can help them identify additional funding sources which may be available to them. (These sources may not be identified by traditional scholarship search engines.)
Resources Publications of the College Board:
  1. The College Handbook
  2. College Costs and Financial Aid
  3. Index of Majors and Graduate Degrees

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