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Finding money for college can be a daunting task, but for the high school mentees in the College and High School Aspiring Mothers Partnership for Success (CHAMPS) program, understanding how to finance a college education became a little clearer when Lynda Snyder of I Know I Can presented a workshop entitled “Financing College 101.” Lynda’s presentation covered what financial aid is, where to find it, and the different types available. Each point that Lynda made was punctuated with real-life examples of students and parents she has worked with. Mentees, who had their ACCESS Collaborative mentors on hand for support, also were able to ask questions based on their own personal experiences.
The ACCESS Collaborative Program is the Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s academic and social support program that assists low-income, single parent students pursuing a college education at The Ohio State University. While the program strives to increase the retention rates of all low-income, single parent students, attention is given to the unique circumstances of students from diverse social groups, including minorities. By minimizing the barriers that may prevent their full participation, the ACCESS Collaborative Program works to create a campus climate that is inclusive for all.
CHAMPS is a mentoring program funded by the Women’s Fund of Central Ohio that matches Columbus-area high school teen moms with matriculating female single moms in the ACCESS Program. The goal of the program is to expand the teen students’ opportunity to understand college from the perspective of a young low-income single mother and increase those students’ chances of attending and graduating from a college or university.