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WAYS TO SAVE WHILE YOU’RE IN SCHOOL Cost 

WAYS TO SAVE WHILE YOU’RE IN SCHOOL

As a student, there are a number of ways you can save money during school. We’ve outlined some tips and ideas to help you manage your money: Fill out the FAFSA every year. Complete the FAFSA by April 15th before each new school year, regardless of your family’s financial status to see if you’re eligible to receive funds. The FAFSA helps you tap into federal, state and institutional grants and scholarships. Apply for scholarships and grants. These financial resources are designed to reward academic success and promote educational advancement. Check…

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Ivy Tech Partners With McDonald’s to Fund Employee Education Cost 

Ivy Tech Partners With McDonald’s to Fund Employee Education

McDonald’s restaurants and Ivy Tech Community College have teamed up for McDonald’s Archways to Opportunity program to make college more affordable and offer training at more than 300 McDonald’s locations and 18 Ivy Tech campuses. Restaurant employees who work a minimum of 90 days at 15 hours per week will be eligible for tuition assistance of up to $2,500 per year as a crew member and up to $3,000 per year as a manager. Ivy Tech will offer crosswalk credits to McDonald’s restaurant employees for some on-the-job training and classes,…

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Work for Tuition Cost 

Work for Tuition

Many employers offer tuition benefits for workers who want to start or continue their education. Some tips for achieving a school-work relationship: Check with your employer to see if they have partnered with colleges to provide free courses specific to your career or if they offer training incentives or certificate programs for skills that are relevant to your career and personal growth. Don’t be afraid to ask. Even if a company doesn’t mention tuition reimbursement on the website or in literature, it’s okay to ask if they can provide any…

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Fill Out Your FAFSA Cost 

Fill Out Your 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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You Could be a Winner, Too Cost 

You Could be a Winner, Too

Gillienne Boyd entered to win the Next Indiana scholarship contest in 2019 and won $1,500 for college. Boyd will attend Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and major in pre-nursing, with a goal to someday work in a children’s hospital. Boyd took AP and honors courses and was a leader in several organizations, including the National Honor Society, Secretary and Treasurer of Key Club, Captain of the Social Studies Academic Superbowl Team, and a leader with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Student Council and North High School Science Shows. She also…

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Buzzwords: Financial Aid Cost 

Buzzwords: Financial Aid

Learning the language of financial aid is important as you begin the college application process. Here are some common terms or phrases you might hear: 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 as a yearly figure. COA…

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Fees Can Add Up. How Colleges Help. Cost 

Fees Can Add Up. How Colleges Help.

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 include: 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…

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30 years and Counting: How to Claim Your 21st Century Scholar Award Cost Featured 

30 years and Counting: How to Claim Your 21st Century Scholar Award

For 30 years, Indiana’s 21st Century Scholars program has helped income-eligible students earn up to four years of tuition at an eligible Indiana college. Since 1990, more than 40,000 students have earned a college degree with a 21st Century Scholarship. Nearly 100,000 students are enrolled—from seventh graders through seniors in college—in the program today. “Students who may question their ability to afford higher education can have that barrier removed by their participation in the Scholars program and successful completion of the supports that are designed to prepare them for their…

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Searching for Scholarships? Here’s Where to Look Cost 

Searching for Scholarships? Here’s Where to Look

Need money for college? Millions of dollars in scholarships are awarded every year—and not just to students with perfect GPAs or outstanding athletic talent. Even if you get state or federal aid, additional scholarships—even small ones—can ease the financial stress of books, fees, study abroad or living expenses. The key is to look a lot, in a lot of places. Here’s where to find scholarships that can help reduce your out-of-pocket college expenses: Start local. Your first stop should be your school counseling office, which will have many resources for…

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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 Scholars.IN.gov for detailed information. Track your completion of the Scholar Success Program by June 30 of your senior year of high school at ScholarTrack.IN.gov. 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 Blog 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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