College Financial Aid Award Letter Comparison Tool
Just in time for College Acceptance Month, HESC has launched a College Financial Aid Award Letter Comparison Tool to help college-bound students and families interpret their award letters and get the bottom line cost of each college before making their final decision. Print this poster to help you spread the word about this important tool!
Too Shy to Ask Twice
Through my sister, my old high school, and my independent living skills program, I heard about an Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) designed to help first generation college students, low-income students, and students who had taken remedial classes. I applied, but I didn't get a response.
I was very disappointed because EOP had counseling and other benefits like book grants, workshops, and a special graduation ceremony. I was too shy to go and ask why they had not contacted me, but I told my sister about my problem. After she talked to one of the head counselors, I got a date and time for orientation and I received EOP services, which helped me.
Facing Fears and Finding Support
My first day of school was so scary. I still felt I wasn't good enough for school and I wished I could be home, spending time with my son. Then I remembered that my 18th birthday would be here in less than two months, and there would be no more foster care money. I was going to have to start supporting myself.
With that in mind, I was brave and went to my first class, English.
After working hard in the English class for one semester, I earned a "B." I was very proud.
The second semester I not only took a full course load of classes, I also found a job. I went to a program that helps foster and former foster youth get jobs and my case manager helped me create a wonderful resume. Soon I was the student worker for our county's Independent Living Skills Program, working 20 hours a week.