Funding college amid the pandemic, record year in savings plans



By Arthur Mondale

Investing for college cost amid the pandemic is a question countless face today and for some, the crippling burden of college debt has compounded.

WPTV takes a closer look at a few options from a scholarship program that guarantees “zero debt” to the largest prepaid program in the nation which has seen record numbers.

Florida Atlantic University senior Ta’ Shyra Johnson is a first-generation college student juggling five classes, two jobs, two student organizations and prepping for a second internship with the NBA.

”A lot of people think it’s a lot but I’m personally really good at time management and I actually get everything done very well,” Johnson said. ”I look at it as good stress. I know it’s going to get me where I want to go. And it’s building personal development skills that I know I’m going to need.”

Johnson’s the recipient of FAU’s Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program a full ride scholarship for low income high school seniors who receive more than just the money to complete their four-year-degree as first-generation college students.

“It covers career readiness, financial literary, mentoring and academic support,” said Dr. Andrea Oliver, associate vice president, FAU Student Outreach and Diversity Office. “I’m a first-generation grad myself so I can say that there are options out there.”

Each scholar follows “The Path,” a 17-step program which includes wraparound services supporting successful collegiate careers and post-graduate lives, including career planning, mentoring, and financial literacy, among others.

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