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Five Things Every High School Student Should Know…

Five Things Every High School Student Should Know…

  1. Khan Academy: A free online study platform to create a study plan based on your weak areas. Khan Academy‘s instructional videos on topics like math, biology, and grammar provide teachers with tools and help students develop their skills. The academy has 64 million registered users in 190 countries, and it benefited some 140,000 teachers worldwide last year alone. When students use Khan Academy for at least 30 minutes a week they are two times more likely than their non-Khan Academy-using peers to meet grade-level standards in math. Data shows that using Khan Academy’s free Official SAT Prep for 20 hours is associated with an average score gain of 115 points. Browse the Khan Academy here!
  2. TRIO Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC): The Educational Opportunity Center is a FREE program Palm Beach State College offers that is 100% funded by the U.S. Department of Education to provide assistance to adults 19 and older and high school juniors and seniors who desire a post-secondary education. All services are FREE and include:
    • Assistance Applying for Financial Aid
    • Career Counseling
    • GED Referrals and Resources
    • Financial Literacy
    • Assistance with Admissions
    • Resume/Soft Skills

    Read more about TRIO programs.

  3. High School Job Finder: If you’re in high school, chances are, it’s really hard to be able to find a part-time job. Only a few places hire people under the age of 18, or even if you are 18, it’s hard being considered for a job since you’re still so young an inexperienced. Part-time jobs help teach students responsibility and help build resumes. Students also learn time management and people skills. Monster found the 25 best jobs for high school students, and posts opening in those jobs in your area. Indeed also has a teen jobs section. Snagajob is also a valuable tool in searching for teen jobs in your area.
  4. FAFSA Help: Every high school parent’s worst nightmare. Students use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA ® ) form to apply for financial aid for college or grad school. It’s cumbersome, complicated but can offer students incredible need-based financial aid. Before you or your parents do anything, watch this step-by-step video or read this step-by-step guide from Nitro.Keep an eye out for FAFSA workshops with Take Stock in Children Palm Beach and community partners.
  5. Scholarship Finder: We know scholarships are what students think about last in the college application process. However, students can start researching scholarships early to meet the requirements without the last-minute pressure! So, parents and students, take an hour or two each weekend to look into scholarships and make a list of what it takes to make them happen. Remember, all scholarships have different deadlines and keep checking back, as more scholarship opportunities open up year-round:
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