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Choosing the college you are going to attend is a big deal! Even before that decision is ready to be made, though, there are several key questions for prospective college students and their families to consider...How are colleges different, and which is best for you? What will college life be like? What are the specific skills that will help you succeed in college? And the big question - how is it going to be paid for?

This year Idaho PTV will offer a number of programs to help with these questions. Based on the response from viewers last year, these programs started some lively discussions, provided useful information, and stimulated introspection.

  • Start Right Episodes 1-5 airs Monday, December 3, 2001; Episodes 6-7 air Monday, December 10, 2001 during the instructional blockfeed 1:00 a.m./midnight - 3:00/2:00 a.m. MT/PT
    From the very start, new college students face complex adjustment issues. Start Right presents fast-paced clips of real students talking about their experiences and tips for success in making the adjustment to college life.
  • Widen Your Choices airs December 17, 2001 during the instructional blockfeed 1:00 a.m./midnight - 3:00/2:00 a.m. MT/PT Designed to encourage and motivate middle school students to start thinking about and planning for college, especially those students who may never have considered the possibility.
  • YOUR COLLEGE EXPERIENCE: KEYS TO SUCCESS airs December 17, 2001 during the instructional blockfeed 1:00 a.m./midnight - 3:00/2:00 a.m. MT/PT This series features a collection of short pieces that each address a different issue related to planning for, and succeeding in college, including time management, selecting a major, and test-taking skills!
  • FUNDING YOUR FUTURE
    Airs December 9 at 5:00/4:00 p.m. MT/PT 
    This is a cooperative project between the Idaho Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and IdahoPTV. Financial aid and admission officers from local universities will discuss sources of financial aid for college, how to line up these resources, and will answer viewer questions regarding financial aid and admissions. Call in your questions LIVE: 1-800-973-9800 A great resource for figuring out the financial aid maze!

If you miss these programs or you'd like to order videotapes, click here.


YOUR COLLEGE EXPERIENCE: Keys to Success

This series has been designed for use with students in both colleges and secondary schools to teach, inform, motivate and stimulate lively group discussion. Based on the nationally-acclaimed University 101 freshman seminar course at the University of South Carolina directed by John N. Gardner, this series is highly adaptable to other educational settings and can be used with a variety of freshman seminar texts.

PROGRAM TITLES & BRIEF DESCRIPTIONS

#101 Keys to Success
The factors that contribute to student success. Decision-making and goal-setting to achieve success in college.

#102 Time Management
The foundation of academic success-balancing freedom and responsibility.

#103 Learning Styles
Knowing and appreciating personal learning styles and different styles of teaching. Learning the importance of study groups.

#104 Listening and Learning in the Classroom
Learning to practice active listening skills. Developing an efficient and effective note-taking system.

#105 A Sound Approach to Textbooks
Learning how to read difficult text material. Developing better reading comprehension.

#106 Making the Grade
Developing test-taking strategies. Dealing with test anxiety.

#107 Teacher and Student-Partners in Learning
Learning about and feeling comfortable with professors. Understanding how college professors have different expectations and behaviors than high school teachers.

#108 An Information Age Introduction to the Library
Understanding the importance of information and how it can be retrieved, processed and used. Introducing college library services.

#109 Finding Answers-Your College Catalog & Academic Advisor or Counselor
Introducing students to the key components of the college catalog.  Defining the role of the academic advisor. Developing a good relationship with an academic advisor.

#110 Major, Career, Transfer Planning
Introducing a process for career planning and major selection. Identifying personal interests and skills.

#111 Yourself and Others
Developing effective styles of interpersonal communication. Balancing respect and assertiveness. Learning about the benefits of involvement.

#112 Healthy Decisions-Sexuality, Drugs and Stress
Making responsible decisions about sexual behavior, drugs and alcohol, and stress. Understanding sexual harassment.


FUNDING YOUR FUTURE

Commonly Asked Questions

Q - How do I find out about scholarships?

A - Sources include high school counselors, the college or university itself, civic groups (Elks, Rotary, etc.), parents or your employer, and religious organizations. You may also do a scholarship search by using the Internet. Several scholarship searches exist on the Web; to link to many of them, go to the Idaho Association of Student Financial Aid Administrator's web site

It is recommended that you not pay an outside agency to help you do a scholarship search; you have access to the same information by going to the Web. Also be on the lookout for scholarship scams (check out the Web site from the Federal Trade Commission listed here.)

Q - Should I fill out the FAFSA (the Free Application for Federal Student Aid)?

A - Yes. Until you complete the FAFSA, you will not know what types of aid, if any, for which you will qualify. It takes about an hour to complete and there is no cost other than the postage stamp if you choose to mail in the paper copy. (You may also apply using the internet at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/) The FAFSA is available at all high schools, colleges and universities. Order our program to learn tips on filling out the FAFSA.

Q - What happens if my financial circumstances change and I need more financial aid?

A - Visit with the financial aid officer at your college/university to see if there are other options. There may be a way to obtain additional assistance if you have an extreme change in your financial situation or have unusual financial circumstances.

Helpful Links to help with the Financial Aid process...

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Idaho Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators

National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators

The Coalition of America's Colleges and Universities

Project EASI

"The Financial Aid Information Page"

"Financial Aid Search Through the Web"

Federal Trade Commission's $cholarship $cam Campaign


Funding Your Future

Schools and educational facilities can order at a discount from:

Boise State University
Barb Alm
208-426-4409

Individuals can order this video-tape from Idaho Public Television at 1-877-224-7200 . The price is $19.95 with the usual $4.00 shipping and handling and tax, for a total of $24.95.
Or you may email Myra_Warner@idptv.pbs.org


Your College Experience (Twelve 10-minute programs)

If an educational institution wishes to use this series for educational purposes, that institution must pay the $250 licensing. Please direct inquiries to 1-800-257-2578, PBS Adult Learning Services or E-mail Adult Learning Services at PBS

This series has been designed for use with students in both colleges and secondary schools to teach, inform, motivate and stimulate lively group discussion. Based on the nationally-acclaimed University 101 freshman seminar course at the University of South Carolina directed by John N. Gardner, this series is highly adaptable to other educational settings and can be used with a variety of freshman seminar texts.