Financing College: Navigating the Pathways

This course covers the essentials of navigating basic financial aid applications, including the FAFSA and CSS Profile; as well as, pre-planning tools such as net price calculators and FAFSA4caster. 

The course will equip college access counselors with an understanding of how to evaluate and interpret post-application financial aid award packages. This foundational knowledge will provide the resources necessary to guide students and families in understanding college affordability, reducing college cost, and personal financial literacy to maintain affordability. 


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
CCR42886 Amy McClurd, Mia Bradford Online Online; asynchronous modules with one required synchronous session (See tab below) Thursday, September 20, 2018

INSTRUCTOR: Amy McClurd, Mia Bradford
FORMAT: Online
SCHEDULE: Online; asynchronous modules with one required synchronous session (See tab below)
START DATE: Sept. 20, 2018

Instructor: Amy McClurd

Course Facilitator

Dr. Amy McClurd is responsible for the design and implementation of teacher professional development programs, including International Baccalaureate workshops, online professional development, Pre-AP workshops, and customized district trainings. She has taught middle school science and served as a team leader and department chair for Cy-Fair Independent School District. Ms. McClurd holds a B.A. in biology and studio arts from Sam Houston State University and an M.Ed. in educational administration from Prairie View A&M University. She is pursuing a doctorate in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in instructional technology at the University of Houston. Her doctoral research is focused on IB online teacher professional development.

Term: Fall 2018

Start Date: Sept. 20, 2018

End Date: Oct. 04, 2018

Schedule: Online; asynchronous modules with one required synchronous session (See tab below)

Fee: $350

Early Registration: $325 if registering by June 20

Late Registration: $375 if registering after Sept. 6

Continuing Professional Education (CPE): 10

Continuing Education Units (CEU): 1.0

Participants may choose to attend one of the following required sessions:

  • Sunday, September 30, 7-8 p.m. Central time
  • Monday, October 1, 7-8 p.m. Central time

This course utilizes the Canvas platform and includes the use of high-quality videos. For maximum performance, we recommend these system requirements for the Canvas platform.

If your operating system does not meet the system requirements set forth, we cannot guarantee a quality learning experience. Please verify that your computer meets the minimum requirements prior to registering for the course.

The Financing College: Navigating the Pathways online course is intended to educate participants about the basics of the college admissions/advising process. This course will not increase the likelihood of admission to Rice University and is in no way affiliated with the Office of Admissions.