For those parents with children who may be heading off to college soon and are in grades 9-12, North Iowa Area Community college will be offering a Parents Night on Thursday, February 27th beginning at 5:30pm. The event will take place at the NIACC Activity Center and will focus on three main components of college life.
The first will be what the college calls Career Link. This shows parents and potential students opportunities offered by the college to earn college credit while in high school. The advantages are that students can ease the amount of class loads during semesters by tackling difficult classes such as sciences or math singularly, then moving through less stressful coursework while fully engaged in college. The other advantage is that students can get a first hand look at college life early, then be fully prepared when entering college full time.
The second aspect concerns financial aid. Many first year students put off financial aid until the last moment. This mistake can lead to lost opportunities in enrolling for crucial classes early. If financial aid is not approved early on, a student will be faced with paying for the classes out of pocket while waiting for the aid to be approved.
The third aspect is transferring credit hours from NIACC or any two year institution to a four year school. Many students don’t understand articulation agreements between schools which allow for seamless transfer of credits. In some cases, it depends on the level of accreditation at a particular institution. It is better for students to be fully informed, before making a mistake and losing valuable credit hours and time because they didn’t look into whether a class or series of courses will transfer to a four year school.
The event is free, but officials recommend that you register for the evening by going to www.niacc.edu/admissions/parents-night.