The World Wide Web has proven to be an invaluable
research tool for millions of American students in recent years.
Students can even obtain financial aid information online, as well
as discover the many college scholarship resources available over
To help students who are planning to attend college learn more about financial aid and college scholarship resources online, the “Mapping Your Future” Web site will be hosting an online chat session April 11 from 6-7 p.m.
During this live event, financial aid experts from across the country will help students and their families learn more about college admission applications via the Web; where to find online scholarship search services and what to look for in those services; online tools for determining the costs of college and how to pay for it; completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); and other financial aid and college admission topics.
“If our state expects to successfully compete in the global marketplace in the coming years, then we must produce more college graduates,” said Hans Brisch, chancellor for the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. “This online chat session is a unique tool from which students can receive helpful tips and insight to help them achieve their educational goals.”
This is one of several live chat events that “Mapping Your Future” has offered during the 2001-2002 school year. Other upcoming chat sessions include discussions on financial aid planning and the FAFSA May 9, as well as career planning issues June 13.
With Internet access, you can join the chat session by visiting the “Mapping Your Future” Web site at www.mapping-your-future.org. Once on the site, simple instructions will show you how to join the discussion. The site will also allow users to register online for advance notification of future chat sessions.
The “Mapping Your Future” Web site is sponsored by the Oklahoma Guaranteed Student Loan Program (OGSLP) and guaranty agencies in other states that participate in the Federal Family Education Loan Program. In Oklahoma, loans for higher education or post-secondary education made to students by private or public lending institutions are guaranteed by the federal government through OGSLP, which is administered by the State Regents.
The U.S. Department of Education awarded Oklahoma with a state GEAR UP grant totaling $20.5 million in August 1999. The grant has been matched by more than $25 million from state and partner resources. With funds totaling $45.5 million, GEAR UP receives 45 percent of total funding from the federal government and 55 percent from other organizations.