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Mmajory daughter Andi is a junior. This means two big things in her life are taking place this year; She will take her driver’s test and she is seriously thinking about colleges, where to go and how to pay for it. It means one big thing for me; worry.

I hear other kids talk about how they picked a college or where they plan to apply based on where their friends are going or because they heard it was a party school. My 19-year-old stepson actually picked his school based on what he is majoring it. I personally think that is the best way to pick a school, unless you’re like Andi and have no idea what you want to do with your life.

I’d love to see her attend Northern Kentucky University. I graduated from there but I also think it’s an affordable option. The tuition compares to other state universities but she could save money by living at home. Of course she argues that she wants the experience of going away to school. I also see the financial benefit of taking general study courses at Gateway and then going to a university for the rest of your classes. I’m just mom though… what do I know?

college fundNKU and Eastern Kentucky University cost $800 per semester when I attended. Now, it’s about $4,000 a semester. So four years of school will cost $32,000 before books, a parking pass or dorms are even paid for. According to College Factual, the average cost for a degree at Eastern Kentucky University comes out to about $103,000 and $122,000 at NKU (if the student lives on campus). College Factual states the average starting salary for a college graduate working in Kentucky is $34,000 a year.

So as the parent I am wondering where she should go and how she will pay for school. I will help her any way I can but I will be honest, I don’t have $100,000 plus sitting around. I noticed on Facebook that I wasn’t the only one worried about this. Several of my friends who have juniors in high school were discussing the same issues. So I decided to reach out to my co-workers at the library. As a result, the Erlanger Branch is offering classes on how to find the right college and how to pay for it.

 

College Admissions 101

Monday, September 28 from 6:30-8 pm

Erlanger Branch, 401 Kenton Lands Road

Join our region’s KHEAA representative to learn everything you need to know to find the right college and get that admission letter. Students, as well as their parents and guardians, are welcome to attend this personalized, interactive workshop.

Paying for College 101affordCollege

Wednesday, October 14 from 6:30-8 pm

Erlanger Branch, 401 Kenton Lands Road

Join our region’s KHEAA representative to learn everything you need to know to pay for college from FAFSA to student loans, grants and scholarships, KHEAA funds and more. Students, as well as their parents and guardians, are welcome at this interactive workshop.

 

Both of these classes request registration at http://kentonlibrary.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails.aspx?EventId=3397&lib and http://kentonlibrary.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails.aspx?EventId=3398&lib. Both sessions will have time for questions and answers.

 

My daughter Andi and I will be there. We encourage other high school parents to come, whether you have a freshman and want to get a head start or a senior who needs to finalize plans.

 

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