Virginia Commonwealth University Center for Economic Education
Mar 06, 2019
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Virginia Housing Development Authority
601 S Belvidere Street
Richmond, Virginia 23220
Grade Level: High School, Middle School
Potential Recertification Credits: 3
This session is a companion to the longer version of Life After High School. All are welcome to attend whether they have attended the full-day version or not. New material will be covered.
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; fewer students or their parents have saved for the total cost; and the average college graduate will has student loans to repay.
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. And 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.
Fee: NO CHARGE
Instructor: Stephen H. Day, PhD, Director
Stephen H. Day, PhD, Director
Center for Economic Education
Virginia Commonwealth University
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