High school students head to CU campus

Lawton_Future students and their parents got a first hand glimpse of what Cameron University has to offer. Over 200 potential students, parents, and faculty discussed life at Cameron in Saturday's annual "CU Saturday"event. CU Saturday allows prospective students to get a head start on planning for college by providing information on admission procedures, financial assistance and scholarships.

Parents and their kids, it's rare that the two ever agree on anything, but with everyone pinching pennies these days, these potential college students and their parents seem to be on the same page. "To stay out of debt and stuff, yeah," said a future student. "Mark has been approved for OLAP.  We're going to try to avoid the loan scene, and try to remain out of debt if we can," said his mother.

Associate Vice-president for Enrollment Management Jamie Glover says the gift of a college education is not something every parent thinks they can  give. But even in today's struggling economy, Glover said it is possible.  "There are phenomenal resources out there both through the federal government grants like the PALE program and Oklahoma program, or OTAC that help students fund their education."

Glover said it's no surprise to anyone that an education doesn't come cheap, but she says universities and colleges are recognizing an increased struggle for students to make tuition and are helping out. "72% of our students receive some kind of aid to attend Cameron and that's compared to 50% state wide, so you can see we're going the extra mile, we're doing the things we need to do to try and help students." While at the event, parents and their future students were able to learn about campus programs, events, and even met some of Cameron's professors.