A lesson on applying for college

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — It’s the middle of summer vacation and for many soon-to-be high school seniors the classroom is the last thing on their mind. But some are using this break to plan for their future.

“I want to be in culinary arts. That’s what i really want to do,” said Cecil Estes III.

Said Tania Bussey, “I want to be a special detective working for homicide or narcotics and to do that you have to be in the uniform first.”

Roughly 60 New Haven students attended a college workshop at Yale University today. The organization’s “college summit” is helping them get a jump start on what lies ahead after graduation. Jasmine Willis, summit manager, said “So I say start now because when the fall hits and august hits it’s going to be a roller coaster ride so if you have time start the process now.”

Here’s some of what you should be focusing on: financial aid, where your son or daughter wants to go to school and what they want to study. Of all the things parents and students need to think about when it comes to applying for college, the experts say one of the most important things is financial aid.

Financial aid seems to be one of the biggest hurdles. The students apply and get excited that they got accepted, but because you didn’t think about financing the education that obstacle becomes a huge block for students. Also, use the summer break to visit colleges and get a feel for what’s out there. Starting the process early will make the transition that much easier.

Bussey said, “I just want to make sure like I do the right thing and get into what I want.”

Estes said, “I feel like the importance of starting early is being able to get the scholarships that you need because my parents, they can’t pay for anything.”



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