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Application Basics College 

Application Basics

Choose at least three and up to six or more colleges to apply to. Even if you have a favorite, make a list of several schools you’ll almost definitely be accepted by, a couple of schools you have a good chance of being accepted by, and a couple of schools that might be a reach but you’re hoping to be accepted by. This way, you’ll have options when you make your decision Get organized. It’s hard to keep all the information about financial aid, programs, courses and housing about each…

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High School is the Right Time to Earn College Credit College 

High School is the Right Time to Earn College Credit

Earning college credits while you are still in high school is a smart move. You’ll be ahead of the game at a lower cost and may also learn some valuable lessons about the demands of college-level learning. Check with your counselor for programs you might qualify for, but here are at least two ways that work for many students: • Advanced Placement (AP) Courses. AP courses are offered at your high school in order to provide an opportunity for college credit. At the end of the course, you take a…

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Transition to College in 3 Steps Blog College 

Transition to College in 3 Steps

1. Leave your parents behind. OK, a bit extreme. But if you haven’t learned to do some basic self-care habits (setting your own alarm to wake up, doing laundry, budgeting your spending money, keeping track of your stuff) it’s past time. College will test your abilities in many ways, so get the basics of adulthood down now. 2. Embrace the college experience. Attend every freshman welcome week or orientation activity you can, and don’t hesitate to plunge right into campus life. Make a goal to join at least one organization…

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Should I Take Online College Classes? College 

Should I Take Online College Classes?

Never getting out of your pajamas and taking classes online may sound like a good option. But is it a good way to earn a college degree? “Online learning can play a part in every person’s educational journey, but it is not the right, first choice for every student,” according to Ivy Tech Community College Vice Provost Kara Monroe. Too often, students end up in an online course because the traditional classroom course is full, or because they need the credit to enter a degree program. A better approach is…

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Take a Closer Look College 

Take a Closer Look

Thousands of high school students visit campuses each year, hoping to find just the right college. To aid in the search, Purdue University and the Gallup organization have partnered on the Gallup-Purdue Index, a study of 30,000 college graduates. The study found that college graduates who have achieved great jobs and great lives were more likely to be personally engaged with a faculty member, have participated in an internship, been involved in extracurricular activities and have graduated with manageable student debt. These findings held true regardless of the type of…

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How She Did It: Making the Most of College Blog College 

How She Did It: Making the Most of College

Madeline Hudson is majoring in law and public policy at the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs in Bloomington, but her college experiences have taken her beyond the classroom. She has traveled through study abroad opportunities to Cuba and India, and is philanthropy chair of Alpha Delta Alpha, an international pre-law fraternity. She’s also a member of IU Model United Nations and has traveled as a delegate, as well as chaired the IUMUN Commission on the Status of Women at its conference for high schoolers. She chose those…

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All About FAFSA Cost 

All About FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, otherwise known as FAFSA, is the first and most important part of your college financial aid strategy. Even if you are not sure about your college plans or think you won’t qualify, all seniors should file the FAFSA online between October 1 and April 15 to qualify for state and federal financial aid for the next academic year. Remember, you’ll have to file every year for the next year in order to keep receiving financial aid. Complete the application as soon as possible…

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Indiana Colleges Provide Strong Investment Cost 

Indiana Colleges Provide Strong Investment

College is an investment and families should know that money borrowed for college by Indiana students varies little by the type of institution, public or private. An Independent Colleges of Indiana study reveals the average debt for graduates of Indiana private colleges is $28,000, compared to $26,000 for public institutions. Lisa Norton, dean of admissions at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, cites these following reasons why attending a private institution is cost-effective: Indiana’s private colleges and universities offset tuition and reduce family costs with significant financial aid and scholarships. Students attending…

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21st Century Scholar? Read This Cost 

21st Century Scholar? Read This

Indiana’s 21st Century Scholars program helps income-eligible students earn up to four years of tuition at an eligible Indiana college. Make sure you earn (and keep!) your scholarship by completing the checklist below. You can visit for detailed information. Track your completion of the Scholar Success Program by June 30 of your senior year of high school at Graduate high school with a minimum of a Core 40 diploma. Achieve a cumulative high school GPA of at least 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale). Apply for admission to an…

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Avoid College Fees Cost 

Avoid College Fees

Many Indiana colleges offer application fee waivers to encourage students to apply regardless of financial difficulty or other circumstances. If you can’t find information about fee waivers on a college’s admissions web page, call and ask. Most colleges offer more fee waivers than students realize. Some special circumstances that can allow you to save money on fees: 21st Century Scholars. If you’re a 21st Century Scholar, you may receive automatic fee waivers at some Indiana colleges. Campus Visits. Some colleges award an automatic fee waiver to students who have participated…

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How He Did It: Career Without Cost Blog Cost 

How He Did It: Career Without Cost

Like many high school students, South Bend Washington High School senior Ethan Forrest spent his senior year in English, history, and math classes, studying for AP exams and participating in athletics—for Forrest, that meant football, wrestling and golf. He also did something few high school students can say they have done: he helped build a house. The three-bedroom house, complete with custom woodwork and tile, was a year-long project started by Washington High School’s building trades class in 2018 and completed in the spring of 2019. “It was really fun…

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Important Financial Aid Definitions Cost 

Important Financial Aid Definitions

Don’t be intimidated by financial aid language and don’t ever hesitate to ask financial aid professionals to spell out exactly what they mean. Some basic terms you might come across: Award Letter. This is a term sometimes used for an offer from a college or career school that states the type and amount of financial aid the school is willing to provide if you accept admission and register to take classes at that school. Cost of Attendance (COA). The total amount it will cost you to go to school—usually stated…

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Your Future, For Free (or at least less) Cost 

Your Future, For Free (or at least less)

Worried about college costs? There are ways to get started on a great future without a lot of money up front, but you’ll have to be more personally invested. Some ideas: Military service has helped many Americans achieve their education goals and create meaningful careers in service to their country. Military tuition assistance is a benefit paid to eligible members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard. Each branch is different and has its own way of calculating and awarding benefits, but up to 100 percent of…

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How She Did It: ROTC Paved the Way to Law School Cost 

How She Did It: ROTC Paved the Way to Law School

Since she was a student at Cathedral High School, Haley Roach dreamed of becoming a lawyer. She reached that goal in 2019 after graduating from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis. But she’s not headed for a big law firm. Instead, she’s headed for the U.S. Army, where she will join the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, or JAG Corps, an elite group of military lawyers popularized in movies and television. Law school—especially after paying for an undergraduate college degree—can be expensive, and students…

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More Paying-for-College Tips and Tricks Cost 

More Paying-for-College Tips and Tricks

There are lots of ways to pay for college, but one of the most important is to finish on time. The Indiana Commission for Higher Education estimates that every additional year that students spend in college costs them at least $50,000 in tuition, fees, and lost wages. If you are a full-time student, make sure you are earning 30 credit hours per year to stay on pace to earn a college degree in four years. Other strategies: Working, especially in a campus job, can provide some extra cash as well…

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Control These Hidden College Costs Blog Cost 

Control These Hidden College Costs

Get more financial advice for college at Regions Bank’s Next Step Financial Wellness site. College is a time for making friends, finding new interests, and expanding your horizons. As you focus on fun, also keep finances in mind, according to financial advisors at Regions Bank. When it comes to college expenses, food and textbooks are probably some of the first things that come to mind, but what about credit hours? The classes you take—or drop—relate directly to how much you pay over the course of your education. Getting the most…

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Mark your calendar for these weird holidays Blog 

Mark your calendar for these weird holidays

Need a reason to celebrate this weekend? Try one of these weird holidays. As we move into the last half of 2019, there many fun holidays to observe. For instance, today, July 26 is packed with great things to celebrate! It is National Milkshake Day, National Bagelfest Day, National Aunt and Uncle’s Day, National All or Nothing Day, National Talk in an Elevator Day and National Get Gnarly Day! Saturday, July 27 is Take Your Pants for a Walk Day, (Hey – I don’t make these things up!) National Love…

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Hey Music Lovers! Blog 

Hey Music Lovers!

There is nothing like seeing your favorite band live. The anticipation of the event, arriving at the arena with the thousands of other music-minded fans, the lights go down, the excitement builds, then—BOOM—it begins. You and your friends are dancing, clapping, singing and you are happy! Did you know that going to concerts is linked to a range of health benefits including Subjective Well-Being (SWB) better known as Happiness? We all have our favorite bands. Some are gone, some are done touring, some are not, but the following bands are…

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Podcast: Interview Hacking Blog Featured 

Podcast: Interview Hacking

Guest Podcast In this episode of “The JoyPowered™ Workspace Podcast,” JoDee and Susan discuss how to have a great job interview, from both the interviewer’s and the interviewee’s perspectives. Topics include interview formats, questions you need to have an answer for, and questions to avoid to stay legally compliant. Job interviews can be difficult and stressful, both for the interviewee AND the interviewer. Ideally, they should be a two-way dialogue, allowing the interviewer for determine if the candidate is the right person for the job, and giving the interviewee and…

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College Freshmen—Are You Ready? Blog 

College Freshmen—Are You Ready?

The start of your first year in college is fast approaching. Are you ready? What should you pack? Fastweb provides a College Dorm Packing Checklist you should checkout. Now that you know what to pack how about what to expect? The first day can be exciting and scary all at the same time. Don’t let it stress you too much. Remember, every freshman is probably feeling the same way you are. Follow these tips for your first day in the dorm and on campus. Once you make it through your first day or two, how about…

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