COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 260

October 17, 2008

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Patricia I. Wright

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

College.gov Student Resources

 

The United States Department of Education has unveiled College.gov, a new website that aims to motivate students with inspirational stories and information about planning, preparing, and paying for college. College.gov features first-person accounts of students who overcame challenges to going to college such as peer pressure, lack of family support, and financial barriers. It provides relevant, comprehensive information about why go, what to do, and how to pay for college or other postsecondary education programs.

 

College.gov delivers the following unique features:

 

        Inspiring videos of college students sharing their stories and experiences about how they overcame obstacles to achieve their college dreams;

        An interactive tool for students to create a personalized roadmap that details the steps to take to get to college; and

        Content organized and presented in a way for students to easily find the answers to their higher education questions: Why Go? What to Do? and How to Pay?

 

For more information, visit www.College.gov or contact Joseph A. Wharff, school counseling specialist, Office of Middle and High School Instruction, by e-mail at Joseph.Wharff@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 786-9377.

 

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