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Thursday, March 29, 2007

A Great Web Guide for College Preparation Websites for Minority Students Learning Tools presents ....

A Web Guide for Black Parents by LaShanda Henry

Currently on sale: Only $7.95

This e-book includes an extensive listing of over 200 Afrocentric / Multicultural Websites for Black Parents, Students, Children, and Educators. To Purchase this e-Book visit The Chapters include: Black Parenting Online Guides, Black Homeschooling Information, Teaching Black Students, Teaching Black History, Teaching about Africa, All About Kwanzaa, Afrocentric / Multicultural Online Games, Activities, and Resources, Black Movies for Families and Kids, Black Bookstores, College Preparation of Minority Students, Black Teenpreneurs and Career Planning for Minority Students, African - African American Folktales, Genernal Black Resources Online, and Black Freebies Online.

Currently on sale: Only $7.95

Chapter Details:

  • Black Parenting Online: This section includes information about websites that focus on Black Parenting, Raising Black Children, Black Mothers, Black Fathers, and Black Maternity.

  • Black Homeschoolers: This section includes information about websites that focus on Black / African American Homeschoolers, their support groups, online resources, and literary publications.

  • Teaching Black Students: This section includes information about websites that focus on Afrocentric Educational Materials and lesson plans for Black Homeschoolers and Educators of Black Students.

  • Teaching Black History: This section includes information about websites that focus on educating others about Black / African American History.

  • Teaching about Africa: This section includes information about websites that focus on educating others about Africa, African Culture, and Historical African Events.

  • All about Kwanzaa: This section includes information about websites that focus on Kwanzaa information, resources, products, and online activities.

  • African and African American Folktales Online: This section includes information about websites that focus on collecting and displaying African / African American Folktales.

  • Afrocentric / Multicultural Online Games and Activities: This section includes information about websites that focus on hosting online games and activities with Afrocentric or Multicultural themes.

  • Afrocentric / Multicultural Online Resources: This section includes information about websites that focus on promoting or selling Afrocentric / Multicultural products, services, and resources.

  • Blicks: Black Flicks for Families & Kids: This section includes information about websites that feature quality Black Movies, Short films and Animated Cartoons for Black Families to enjoy online or purchase in DVD and/or VHS format.

  • Black Bookstores: Find Afrocentric Literature for Kids and Teens Online: This section includes information about websites that feature black books, specifically those for young children and teens.

  • College Preparation for Minority Students: This section includes information about websites that feature books, scholarships, and other resources for minority students preparing for college.

  • Black Teenpreneurs & Career Planning for Minority Students: This section includes information about websites that foster teen entrepreneurship among black youth and provide career planning resources and opportunities for minority students.

  • General Black Resources Online: This section includes information about websites that offer black resources in general, with a particular focus on youth orientated content.

  • Black Freebies Online for Families and Children: This section includes information about websites that offer freebies to Black Online Viewers.

A Few Words from the author:

I designed this particular guide for Black Parents who are interested in making Afrocentric Learning and exposure to Black Culture an integral part of their children’s development. From support groups to online activities, within this book is an extensive list of over 200 links created just for you and your children. Though it’s often times hard to tell, the internet is actually filled with an increasing number of positive, multicultural web pages. Some are a little harder to find than others, but that’s why you have me to do the searching so all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the sites!

~LaShanda Henry

*This e-Book includes the following type of cultural web links: Black, African, African American, Afrocentric, Africentric, Multicultural.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

College Preparation Tips for the Single Parents

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Many times Single Parents get left out of the loop when they are filling out the financial portion of the college application, CSS Profile, or FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) for registering their child(ren) for college. I would like to provide the following tips:

Tip 1: FAFSA Report or CSS Profile

If you do not agree with your FAFSA report or CSS Profile, you can appeal or file a financial hardship with the individual college/university. In many cases, forms such as the FAFSA or CSS Profile do not provide an accurate picture or account of a family's financial situation. If you disagree with their assessment of your financial situation, you can submit a financial hardship letter with the college or university and provided them additional information on your financial status. This will allow the college/university to review your financial aid application and then you can try to get them to adjust your previous financial award packet. For instance, if the FAFSA SAR report states you can pay an EFC (Eligible Family Contribution) of $10,000 per year, but you know that your current financial situation won't allow you to pay that type of money per year. You can write a letter of financial hardship showing the reason why you can't pay the money. Also, it will show what impact it would have on your current income and obligations if you do. Please note this is done on a case by case basis and it is up to the college or university if they want to adjust your award letter. This is normally approved via the Director of Financial Aid or Financial Aid committee.

Tip 2: Non-custodial Parent Waivers:

If you are a single parent and do not want to consider the income of the Non-custodial Parent when they evaluate your family contribution, you can ask for a Non-custodial Parent waiver from the college or university. If approved, the college or university will not consider the income of the Non-custodial Parent, but rather the Custodial Parent only. You must contact each college/university on the process for applying for the waiver. Also, if you plan on asking for a Non-custodial Parent Waiver from a college or university, you don't have to include that non-custodial parent information on your FASFA, CSS Profile or college application information.

Tip 3: Denial Letters:

If you have been denied acceptance because of your GPA/test results and not because they had an overflow of students to apply, you might be able to still submit a letter asking them to consider you or your child for enrollment at the college or university. Many times you will have to talk to the Director of Admissions or the President in smaller colleges to prove why your child should be consider to attend the college/university. Many colleges/universities have allowance for special circumstances. One of your arguments could be to show the improvements that your child has made over the last one-two years of high school. Showing that the child is focus and can maintain the requirements to keep the grades required attending and graduating from the college/university.

Tip 4: Visiting the College/University

I advise anyone who has a college or university that they are seriously considering to make an appointment to visit the college or university prior to making your selection or trying to sell the case of why you or your child should be admitted or provided additional financial assistance. One college director from a prestige college told me that it makes a difference when the parent comes in person to make a case for financial assistance. Overall, you should seek and believe in the impossible and to not give up until the "fat lady sings".
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Tip 5: Waivering College Application Fees

If you would like for your child to apply for more than one college and you can't afford the applications fee you can do the following:

1. If your child is on free or reduce lunch you can ask your school for a waiver of fees, if the school allows waivers. Please verify with the college/university if they allow for waivers of fees.

2. If you have a financial hardship you can check with the college/university to see the procedure for getting a waiver.

Tip 6: Scheduled a One on One Meeting with the Guidance Counselor
It is important that you take the "we" approach in your child's future. Although many schools have a big meeting with the parents, students and gudiance counselor to go over college preparation and what is expected in the process. The parent along with the child needs to scheduled a one-on-one at the beginning of the school year. The meeting will allow you and your child to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

There is already a pre-determined college time-line process and you must be on their time and not yours.

Please don't leave the meeting still needing answers, if you can't get them all schedule another meeting in the future.

Remember what you put in the preparation process will determine what you get out.

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