George Mason University Center for Economic Education
Apr 24, 2019
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Apple Federal Credit Union
4097 Monument Corner Drive
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
Grade Level: High School, Middle School
Potential Recertification Credits: 6
Today’s high school student faces life-changing decisions. The first is whether or not to pursue a college degree or some other education credential. Twenty years ago this was also an important decision, but then it didn’t carry the urgency or the complexity that it does today.
The cost of college has risen substantially over this period. And fewer students or their parents have saved for the total cost. This year’s graduates are the most indebted class ever. For many graduates, the income they earn is not sufficient to enable them to easily repay their loans. Even worse, too many students drop out—leaving them with the debt but not the diploma.
But the cost of not going to college or pursuing another credential is also very high. The average college grad earns $1.19 million over the course of a career—almost double that of someone with only a high school diploma. Students need to recognize there are other educational options beyond a high school diploma with varying degrees of costs which may also offer a higher earnings potential (e.g. industry credential, military, employer provided program.)
This teaching unit covers topics students need to understand around education, career and debt which will impact them for many years. These include decision-making skills; investing in yourself; choosing a path post-graduation: college, another education avenue, or career; choosing a college and a major; paying for higher education–loans, grants and scholarships; managing money; and controlling debt.
It will identify teaching resources valuable for middle as well as high school students and aligns well with many SOL. Counselors will also find it helpful.
Lunch is provided.
Fee: NO CHARGE
Instructor: O. Kate Scott, Associate Director
O. Kate Scott, Associate Director
Center for Economic Education
George Mason University
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