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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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Back to School Already? Blog 

Back to School Already?

It can’t be! It seems like only yesterday, the bell rang, and you were out the door for the summer. As much as we do not want to rain on your parade, mid-July is fast approaching, which means another school year is right around the corner! I know it is hard to think about, but now is the time to start preparing for the new year. Here are 8 Back To School Tips to help you prepare. Once you settle in and the homework begins, make sure you are ready to study….

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Podcast: Careers Without College Blog 

Podcast: Careers Without College

Guest Podcast JoDee Curtis, owner of Purple Ink, and Susan White, CEO of Susan Tinder White Consulting, of The JoyPowered Workspace Podcast discuss careers that don’t require a college degree with Chuck Haberman of Gaylor Electric Company, David Decker of Hub and Spoke, and Carmel High School College and Career Counselor Melinda Stephan. Topics include opportunities available for people without college degrees, misconceptions around some of these opportunities, and skills that may be helpful if you don’t have a college degree. Listen to the podcast. To listen to more of…

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New Test Requirement for High School Students Blog 

New Test Requirement for High School Students

Senate Bill 132 July 1, 2019 is when dozens of new laws go into effect in Indiana. (New bills for 2019 Session). The biggest change for students is that every high school student in the State will be given a Civics test—the same test required for immigrants hoping to become U.S. citizens. So, brush up on your knowledge of how the U.S. government works, as well as, U.S. history. To see all the questions (and answers) on the test, click here.

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Indiana Has Top Water Park in U.S. Blog 

Indiana Has Top Water Park in U.S.

If you are a water park fan, you probably already know this. Splashin’ Safari Water Park in Santa Claus, IN is the number one outside water park in the U.S. according to USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice List. Santa Clause Land, as it was first known, opened 9 years before Disneyland in CA. Remember, if you go, ENJOY and send us your pictures!

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Stranger Things Scavenger Hunt Blog 

Stranger Things Scavenger Hunt

Are you a fan of Netflix’s hit show Stranger Things? I personally have not seen it, but I am extremely intrigued by the 70 Oddities Scavenger Hunt in Indiana. Let us know if you have already seen some of these strange Hoosier things. Another idea is to set up a scavenger hunt in the town/city where you want to go to college. Put together a list of unique places and items on campus. This is a great way to learn about your future college and the campus grounds. Either way, there are…

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The Secret of Getting Ahead is Getting Started – Mark Twain Blog 

The Secret of Getting Ahead is Getting Started – Mark Twain

Great quote, but can it change your life? A quote or epigram is a pithy saying or remark expressing an idea in a clever and amusing way. We print them out, write them down, keep them on our desks, frame them and hang them on our walls, we memorize them and sometimes—we live by them. From Marcus Aurelius (Meditations—a whole book by the Roman emperor and philosopher) to Laura Ingalls Wilder (author of the Little House series), these 21 Quotescould make you a better person. And remember: No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever…

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Munster Teen With 2 Patents & Forbes Ranking, Earns Governor STEM Award Blog 

Munster Teen With 2 Patents & Forbes Ranking, Earns Governor STEM Award

Kylie Veleta, Business of Health Reporter & Special Projects Editor, A quick glance at Annie Ostojic’s Facebook page is evidence that she isn’t your average teenager—it sings of impressive scientific conquests: pictures of her when she was named to Forbes 30 Under 30 (when she was only 15), World’s 50 Smartest Teens, and shows Ostojic under the spotlight, presenting centerstage at national conferences. Back home in Indiana, the governor has taken note and recently named her the top science student in the state. Ostojic was among the three youngest…

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Brownsburg Senior Wins 2019 Scholarship. Could You Be Next? Blog College Featured 

Brownsburg Senior Wins 2019 Scholarship. Could You Be Next?

Bryce Dixon, who graduated with the Brownsburg High School class of 2019, entered the Next Indiana scholarship contest in 2018 and won $1,500 for college. Dixon will attend Indiana University. He plans to study finance and accounting, with a complementary minor in Spanish. “I also might consider international business, as my minor in Spanish will permit me to work abroad in countries that speak the Spanish language,” Dixon said. To prepare for college, Dixon said he took many AP classes in high school to become accustomed to the workload of…

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Free Job Training Blog Featured 

Free Job Training

Can that be right? That sounds too good to be true. It is not. Next Level Jobs provides Hoosiers with free state-wide training in high-paying, in-demand industries. Learn more about the Workforce Ready Grant and the qualifying programs. Your new career could be waiting for you. Still not sure what you want to do? Set up an account with Indiana Career Explorer and see what’s right for you.

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