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PAL’s “What to Do After High School and How to Pay for it” Fair
PAL high school seniors, juniors, sophomores and their parents from all over Philadelphia came together on March 29th at Harrowgate PAL for a panel discussion about what to do after high school and how to pay for it. Representatives from the Community College of Philadelphia, PhillyGoes2College, Temple University and AmeriCorps spoke to the students about the options and possibilities available to them after they graduate.

Michael Harry, from the Office of Admissions at the Community College of Philadelphia informed students of the admission process and ways to start narrowing down the options for college and trade school now.

Jim Skene from Temple University’s Office of Student Financial Services spoke to the students and parents about the two most important acronyms when paying for higher education: FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and PHEAA (Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency). Mr. Skene inspired students to search and apply for as many scholarships as possible.

Edisa Rodriguez from PhillyGoes2College addressed the additional opportunities that colleges and universities have to offer, such as athletics and organized clubs. She also explained the importance of choosing a major, and reminded students to keep their eye on the prize- graduating and getting a diploma.

Additionally, students were invited to explore the possibility of dedicating a year to service through various AmeriCorps programs.

Informational brochures from 45 area schools, AmeriCorps programs and military branches were available to all attendees. Students also received SAT Prep Study Guide books, graphing calculators and 2012 College Board Handbooks. PAL thanks all presenters for providing priceless knowledge to the soon-to-be PAL graduates!

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