Important Questions to Ask On Your Next College Tour
When choosing a college, it’s important to visit the campus and get a feel for the environment. College tours are a great way to do this, but it’s important to ask the right questions during your visit. Here are some important questions every prospective student should ask on their college tour.
- What is the student-to-faculty ratio?
The student-to-faculty ratio is an important factor to consider when choosing a college. It can have a big impact on your academic experience, as well as the amount of attention you receive from your professors. Generally, a lower student-to-faculty ratio is better, as it means you’ll have more opportunities to interact with your professors and receive personalized attention.
- What kind of support is available for students?
College can be a challenging experience, and it’s important to have support when you need it. Ask about the resources available for students, such as tutoring services, counseling services, and academic advising. It’s also important to ask about the campus culture and what kind of support is available for students who may be struggling with mental health issues.
- What kind of extracurricular activities are available?
College is about more than just academics. Extracurricular activities can help you develop new skills, make friends, and have fun. Ask about the clubs and organizations available on campus, as well as any sports teams or intramural leagues. This can give you a sense of the campus culture and help you decide if the school is a good fit for you.
- What kind of internships and career opportunities are available?
One of the main reasons people go to college is to prepare for their future careers. Ask about the internships and career opportunities available to students, as well as the support provided by the school’s career center. This can help you determine if the school will help you achieve your career goals.
- What is the campus safety like?
Feeling safe on campus is important for your well-being. Ask about the campus safety measures in place, such as security cameras, emergency phones, and campus police. It’s also important to ask about the campus crime rate and any recent incidents that have occurred on campus.
- What is the housing situation like?
Living on campus is a big part of the college experience. Ask about the housing options available to students, such as dorms, apartments, and off-campus housing. You should also ask about the cost of housing and any meal plans that are available.
- What is the diversity like on campus?
College is a great opportunity to meet people from different backgrounds and cultures. Ask about the diversity on campus, including the percentage of students from different ethnic and racial backgrounds. Be sure to get a good feel for the school’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, and any programs or initiatives in place to promote these values.
- What is the cost of attendance?
College can be expensive, and it’s important to have a clear understanding of the cost of attendance. Ask about the tuition and fees, as well as any available financial aid and scholarships, as well as the cost of living on campus and any other expenses that may be associated with attending the school.
- What kind of academic programs are available?
Every college has its own strengths and weaknesses when it comes to academic programs. Ask about the specific programs that interest you, as well as any research opportunities and study abroad programs. This can help you determine if the school is a good fit for your academic interests and goals.
- What is the student life like?
Finally, ask about the overall student life on campus. This can include everything from the social scene to the availability of on-campus resources. It’s important to get a sense of what it’s like to be a student at the school, and whether or not you would be happy there.
In conclusion, there are many important questions to ask on a college tour. By asking these questions, you can get a better sense of whether or not a school is the right fit for you. Remember to keep an open mind, and don’t be afraid to ask follow-up questions if you need more information. Good luck with your college search!
Key Financial Terms Every Student Should Know
Financial literacy is an important skill for all students to cultivate before they graduate.
Transitioning out of high school or college is a major life change and it can oftentimes feel
overwhelming. To help you prepare, we’ve put together a list of key financial terms every
student should understand before they enter or leave school.
Student Aid Terms
Financial Aid: Financial aid is the money you can receive from the government, your school,
or other organizations to help you pay for college. This can include grants, scholarships, workstudy, and student loans.
Grants: Grants are a form of financial aid that does not have to be repaid. Grants are typically
based on financial need or academic performance.
Scholarships: Scholarships are a form of financial aid that does not have to be repaid.
Scholarships are typically based on academic performance and/or other criteria, such as
Work-Study: Work-study is a form of financial aid that requires you to work in order to receive
payment. Work-study is typically awarded to students who demonstrate financial need.
Student Loans: Student loans are a form of financial aid that must be repaid, usually with
interest. Student loans are typically based on financial need.
Credit Score: A credit score is a number that reflects your creditworthiness. It is based on
information in your credit report, such as payment history, amount of debt, and number of
Credit Report: A credit report is a record of your credit history that is used to calculate your
credit score. It includes information about your credit accounts and payment history.
Interest Rate: An interest rate is the amount of money charged by a lender for the use of their
money. Interest rates are typically based on your credit score and other factors.
Credit Card: A credit card is a type of loan that allows you to borrow money from a lender.
Credit cards typically have a high interest rate and an annual fee.
Tax Deduction: A tax deduction is an amount of money that can be subtracted from your
taxable income. Tax deductions can include charitable donations, mortgage interest, and
Tax Credit: A tax credit is an amount of money that can be subtracted from your tax bill. Tax
credits can include educational expenses and child care expenses
The Manyatta Library Renovations Are Complete!
Bringing reading materials and financial literacy to the people of West Pokot, Kenya
This morning as I sit in bed with a cup of coffee waiting for the sun to rise, I feel incredibly grateful. Soon I’ll hear the beautiful noise that is my two young daughters awakening from their sleep, ready to take on the day with an enormous amount of energy.
I realized something this morning. I had started to take for granted many of the basic resources at my disposal that make the pursuit of a quality education accessible to myself and my family. It’s not that I’m ungrateful for these resources, but rather I had let the chaos of my day to day life distract me from being consciously mindful of these blessings.
As my daughters continue to sleep, I begin to plan out the day ahead. After breakfast, we’ll start by going to a Mommy & Me storytime event that our local public library hosts weekly. After that I’ll take my daughters to one of the many parks within our community so that my oldest can play with other kids her age and let out some much needed energy before naptime. In the afternoon, I’ll help guide her through some worksheets from a preschool activity book that I purchased at my local bookstore as a way to compliment her current school’s curriculum, followed by reading with them both from several of the numerous educational books that we have in our home library.
In contrast, nearly half way around the world and roughly 270 miles northwest of Nairobi, Kenya, lies the rural village of West Pokot. This is a place relatively untouched by technology, as evidenced through its severely lacking healthcare systems and illiteracy level of 90%. West Pokot is also a place where power relations between men and women are greatly unequal, and education for the well-being of women is not valued.
I’d like to introduce you to Josie, our fellow advocate, friend, and inspiration for the Manyatta Library renovation. She was born and raised in Kenya, in a tribe where, instead of aspiring to achieve an education, girls are born with the aspiration of being married off at a young age in order to provide the most financial support for their family. In fact, it’s quite common for girls as young as 10 years old to be married off if their family cannot afford to pay for their education costs.
Insecurity and lack of access to information regarding schools in this community are some of the many factors that restrict these children from accessing education, thus leaving them in a vicious cycle of poverty and illiteracy. Josie was fortunate enough to come from a family who was able to afford to provide her with a quality education in the United States. Because of this, she was able to eventually earn her masters degree in public health, and is Director of Programs and Development at Color My Dreams. A small non profit that was founded by Edith Cherotich. Through the nonprofit, Josie and her team work to promote literacy in the form of libraries, to ensure that every disadvantaged child has access to books and other educational materials that they need to reach their full potential.
By partnering with Color My Dreams Africa, Lite Tuition was able to renovate the main library within the Lokna village in Pokot—the Manyatta Library. The renovation was led by a group of 15 local West Pokot women who will also be responsible for maintaining the library with guidance from the CMDA team.
Unlike traditional libraries, books from the Manyatta Library are dropped off and picked up from villages within West Pokot so that students and teachers are not required to abandon their lifestyle or daily tasks in order to access the materials they need. To accomplish this, Little Tree libraries will be installed in 10 schools within 4 different villages in Pokot. The Little Tree libraries will be used to house books and other relevant materials within the schools themselves. Stewards have been appointed to each Little Tree library, and are responsible for its general maintenance and operations, including picking up and dropping off books from the Manyatta.
Lite Tuition’s mission is to help make education more accessible to anyone who seeks it, and we are thrilled to be able to partner with Color My Dreams Africa to work to make this mission a reality for the people of West Pokot!
Visit our website to learn more about how you can create your free educational savings campaign, or support some very hardworking students on their path to a debt-free education!
Invest in Yourself: The Debt-Free Path to Higher Education
Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.
‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ This is a question that most of us have heard regularly as a child. Maybe it’s a doctor, a teacher, or even a professional athlete — the possibilities are endless! And while it’s both exciting and magical to dream about the different paths that our lives could one day take, it is also vital that the conversation doesn’t end there.
At Lite Tuition, we believe that creating a plan for how an educational goal will be achieved is just as important as what that goal is. Too often, Americans rely on student loans to pay for education costs, which ultimately ends up stunting their future financial success. In his book, “The Debt Trap: How Student Loans Became a National Catastrophe,” Josh Mitchell eloquently explains how many borrowers are actually worse off for having gone to college, as student loan debt has caused higher education to stop being a ladder to career and financial success, and has instead become a slide downward.
Let’s change this narrative!
Our initiative, #InvestInYourself, empowers hardworking students to showcase and share their unique story with supporters all around the world. Creating a campaign is absolutely free, and to help get you started, Lite Tuition will be contributing $25 to all students who share their campaign on social media (make sure to tag Lite Tuition and include the hashtag #InvestInYourself)!
How to get started:
- Start your campaign
- Create a greeting to welcome supporters to your page
- Share your name, what college you are (or will be) attending, and any other accomplishments related to your education
- Add a picture or video
- Share your story
- Get your story in front of supporters by sharing your campaign through text, email, or social media
- Graduate and pay it forward
- Thank supporters
- Funds raised will be sent directly to your chosen school to be applied to tuition cost