As the end of the school year approaches, now is a great time for students to prepare plans for the summer. Benefits.gov provides information on many resources that can support a student’s educational and personal journey.
Internships provide an opportunity to gain experience in an industry of interest and enhance your knowledge and skills. Make a list of companies that interest you, attend career fairs, and network with family and friends to find out about potential opportunities. If you’re interested in future employment with the Federal government, the U.S. Department of Commerce established an internship program for post-secondary students to promote the development of the next generation of public servants and business leaders.
Spend time learning about the college financial aid process and research the funding opportunities available. There are resources to help alleviate the financial burden of paying for your education. Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year to find out if you qualify for aid from the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation. The Federal Pell Grant Program provides college tuition grants to low-income college level students. Federal Work-Study funds part-time employment for college students to help finance education costs. Create a budget to manage your finances and stay on track of your income and expenses.
For students about to graduate and looking to start their career, American Job Centers are designed to help job seekers find employment and training services. Ask for guidance on entering the job field that matches your skills and interest. Job Corps offers career technical training, counseling services, and education programs for low-income people ages 16-24. The Veterans Benefits Administration provides Educational and Career Counseling to veterans and their qualified dependents.
It’s never too early, or too late, to explore your options. Find out what programs and benefits you may be eligible for by browsing benefit categories and taking the Benefit Finder questionnaire on Benefits.gov.