Guide answering “Questions
About College” available
Annapolis, MD (February 15, 2008)
Preparing to go to college can be an exciting, but also
stressful experience for an 11th grader. The Maryland Higher
Education Commission is trying to alleviate those concerns with
its new publication entitled “Questions About College.” This
extensive booklet was released recently by MHEC to 75,000 11th
graders in Maryland’s public and private high schools.
“Questions About College” gives prospective college students
invaluable advice and direction about virtually every aspect of
the process of preparing for and getting a degree in higher
education such as how to interview, what college life is like,
how to choose the best college, how to pursue financial
assistance and many other important aspects.
“I suggest every student and parent read through this very
informative booklet,” Higher Education Secretary James E. Lyons,
Sr., said. “It is a thorough, easy-to-read resource that will no
doubt make pursuing the higher education experience much easier
because it is so user-friendly.”
Included in the booklet are more than 40 websites students can
access to gain information ranging from financial aid,
accreditation, athletics, college searches and how to train for
a craft or trade, among many others.
Higher education uses many acronyms. The guide lists numerous
important acronyms and explains them fully, such as “FAFSA”
(Free Application for Federal Student Aid) that students and
parents must submit to the U.S. Department of Education if they
are to receive college financial assistance from the federal
government. This form is used for Federal Pell Grant awards and
student loans, as well as Maryland State financial assistance.
“Questions About College” was made possible by a grant from
USAFunds based in Indianapolis, IN.
This important publication is a complement to the Commission’s
ever-popular College 411: The Student Guide to Higher
Education and Financial Aid in Maryland which is distributed
in English and Spanish each year to high school seniors.
The Maryland Higher Education Commission is a 12-member
coordinating board responsible for establishing statewide
policies for Maryland public and independent colleges and
universities and private career schools. It serves as an
advocate for more than 325,000 college students in Maryland, for
the State and its needs, and for business and industry in