Thursday, June 30, 2011

PHEAA College Planning Website

The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) announced today the launch of its redesigned career and college planning website,

EducationPlanner has received a complete redesign including new content, improved navigation, and more interactive activities, in addition to a more modern look. Some of the website’s new features include:

  • Checklists for career planning, preparing for school and paying for school
  • Assessments that identify students’ strengths and weaknesses
  • Career videos
  • Savings calculators and loan payment calculators
  • Opportunities to submit questions and receive expert advice in the “Ask a Counselor” section

EducationPlanner offers links to the best career and college planning resources available on the Web. Students can explore hundreds of careers through O*NET OnLine, get information about hundreds of colleges from the College Board and search for scholarships at FastWeb.

The “Parents” section focuses on their role in helping students transition from high school to college. Parents can find information on saving for college, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and tips for searching for scholarships. The “Counselor” section provides the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Standards for Students, guidance on using EducationPlanner as a classroom tool, information on establishing a job shadow program and guidelines for hosting student aid and FAFSA completion events.

The site is designed for middle and high school students who are thinking about careers and college, but is helpful for returning and non-traditional students as well.

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