The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) has launched its redesigned career and college planning website, EducationPlanner.org.
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.
"PHEAA's online resources are often the first contact that college-bound families have with us," notes Representative William Adolph, PHEAA board chairman. "We want to make sure that their experience is positive and that the information they are looking for is easily accessed."
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.
"Today's students are technically advanced and they want quick and easy access to information," said Senator Wayne Fontana, PHEAA board vice chairman. "EducationPlanner meets their needs as a one-stop shop for comprehensive higher education information."
The site is designed for middle and high school students who are thinking about careers and college, but it is helpful for returning and non-traditional students as well.
EducationPlanner was established in 2004 and has received almost 5 million visits. In 2005, the site was named a Forbes Favorite by Forbes.com.
For information on the higher education financial aid process, schedules for upcoming financial aid nights and FAFSA Completion Sessions, reminders of financial aid deadlines, and video clips offering tips and information pertaining to planning for higher education, students can join PHEAA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pheaa.aid.