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Planning Your Post-Secondary Education (QC)

Subject Area: Mathematics

BRIEF OVERVIEW

This lesson will guide students in planning how much money they will need to save to pay for their college or university education.

LEARNING AREAS

Math/resolving a problematic situation: developing a mathematical solution and decoding the elements of the mathematical process

EXPECTED RESULT(S)

– Raising students’ awareness of all the costs of post-secondary education
– Planning an effective way of putting aside money

EXPLANATION OF INSTRUCTIONAL PURPOSE

– Trying out a method facilitating saving from the start of secondary education
– Determining a budget for post-secondary educational expenses (for example, tuition and materials)

EXECUTION

Scenario
– In the form of questions:
– Who’s considering going to college or university?
– How much money do you think you’ll need for your post-secondary education?
– What kind of expenses are there for post-secondary education?
– Have you already started putting money aside?

Activity
– Distributing a work document to each student and explaining the instructions
– Giving students about 30 minutes to complete the document

Enrichment
– Class discussion on the work document reflection question
– Discussion of possible tips (refer to the lesson on understanding student loans at the site to further explore this option with students)
– Give students a copy of the exercise with the Quebec Ministère de l’Éducation et Enseignement supérieur Loans and Bursaries Program form and guide students in filling it out

Review
– Inform students of the importance of saving for their post-secondary education. Focus on the cost of that education.

CLASS MANAGEMENT

Classwork: ______X_______ Individual work: ____________ Teamwork: ____________
Other: ______________________

REQUIRED MATERIALS

Pencil, student’s work document [and] exercise with Loans and Bursaries Program form

Student Work document

Reflection

Student Work document - answers