Broadcast ‘Dropout’ Script

Kare 11 news

Five P.M. Report

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Cut to Sally and Robert

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At the word correspondent, three seconds to field reporter.

(Cue Kate)

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(Sally) I’m Sally Sparrow.

(Robert) And I’m Robert Singer.

(Sally) Tonight’s top story… With college tuition rising many students are dropping out. Our Correspondent Kate Bauer has the story.

(Kate) Thanks, Sally. Behind me is Anoka-Ramsey Community College. This is just one of many colleges around the country. However, Anoka-Ramsey has something the others don’t. It has a 52 percent graduation and transfer rate. The national average is 36 percent. With such a high rate, what makes the other 48 percent drop out? I sat down with one recent drop out, Joshua Joseph.

(Joshua) I could go full time, which was hard to work full time too, or I could Work full time. I could continue to go to school and lose money now, or go to work and lose money later. I needed money now. It’s like getting stuck between a rock and a hard place.

(Kate) A hard place to be indeed. This is Kate Bauer reporting. Back to you, Robert.

(Robert) Thank you, Kate. In other news…

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Print Story ‘High Schools Don’t Find FAFSA Necessary’ Project

Is FAFSA Necessary?

High Schools Might Not Think So

by Kate Bauer

Many people that want to go to college start out by not knowing how they will pay for their education. This is because many high schools are not preparing them for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, known as the FAFSA. While questioning current and former students of local community or technical colleges, a surprising amount said the average student is unprepared for college tuition.

First, Kevin Mette, who went to Anoka Technical College, said he had his mother tell him about the FAFSA. He went on to say that the high school he went to told him nothing about it. Mette said that he had to go out of his way to find information out himself and had to rely on the FAFSA website to get further information. He says that without his mom he would “never have even known about it”, and that “other students might not be so lucky having a parent that will tell them.” Even with knowing what site to look at, he still had difficulty figuring out how to work the website itself.

Mike Lea, former Vermillion Community College student, said that he only knew to ask about the FAFSA in high school because of his family members telling him about it. Lea then took the initiative to talk to the Dean at his high school, and to have the school librarian walk him through the process. All students questioned stated they would not have been able to go to college without some kind of student aid.financial aid funny

Certainly, the FAFSA is the best way to qualify for student loans and grants. Immediately after getting accepted into any college, a student should fill out the FAFSA. Even if you plan on paying your own way through, you may qualify for grants or scholarships.

Every semester a student should fill it out regardless of financial need. Why pay for college out of your own pocket when you can get some help for free? The site a student should visit with a list of all the needed qualifications is on the FAFSA website featured here. It might be to late for this semester, but it’s a good idea to get a head start on the next.

A little known fact about student aid, is that the government generally expects a family to pay for half of a student’s college costs, unless financial need is proven. Even if a student lives on their own and pays for their own things, it is still possible that parents are expected to pay for tuition. If a student is under 24 years of age, they should pay careful attention to the qualifications for not relying on parental help.

The exceptions to the half tuition rule are: married, legally married but separated, emancipated, parental incomes at low levels, or having custody of a minor child. Students above the age of 24 could still be expected to pay for some tuition, but this depends on the income the student makes. A recent survey shows that most high school classes do not prepare you for this evaluation of your needs for tuition help in college.fafsa_header

Without student aid, many people will find college to be far less accessible to them. The first thing a student does after being accepted to a college is fill out a FAFSA. If your high school didn’t talk to you about it like many others have experienced, students should seek out: an adviser, a financial aid representative, a local librarian, or anyone else that can help them with filling it out.Untitled

Photojournalism ‘Brochure’ Project

Come explore!

                          Everyone knows the Student Center at Anoka-Ramsey, but did you ever visit the library or the cafeteria? Take a look at some of the places you might not know about.

Eman Alnabi and Najma Ali (left to right) say they enjoy working at the library located on the second floor to the left of the student center.
Eman Alnabi and Najma Ali (left to right) say they enjoy working at the library located on the second floor to the left of the student center.
The cafeteria, located on the second floor to the right of the student center,  offers open spaces and multiple choices for hungry students.
The cafeteria, located on the second floor to the right of the student center,
offers open spaces and multiple choices for hungry students.
Students like Sara (right) get help from tutors such as Kari (left) and Gavin (middle) in the tutor center located at L12-L15.
Students like Sara (right) get help from tutors such as Kari (left) and Gavin (middle) in the tutor center located at L12-L15.
Students like Matthew (left) and Adam (right) relax in the cafe on the ground floor, known as the Courtyard Commons, to the right of the student center.
Students like Matthew (left) and Adam (right) relax in the cafe on the ground floor, known as the Courtyard Commons, to the right of the student center.
The Campus eye, the school newspaper, is located in the Courtyard Commons.
The Campus eye, the school newspaper, is located in the Courtyard Commons.