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Get ready, get set—if you are a high school senior, it’s time to apply to college. Even if deadlines for your school of choice are a few months away, you should begin your application sooner than later so that you can be ready to hit “send” when the time is right. If the school has rolling admissions—that is, decisions are made continuously throughout the year—you could find out within a few weeks whether you’ve been admitted and begin making choices about living arrangements and other important decisions. Start here: Choose…

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Contractions, Plurals, and Possessives Blog Featured 

Contractions, Plurals, and Possessives

What do all three of these things have in common? The multi-talented apostrophe, of course. That little, superscript mark is a powerful piece of punctuation. It allows us to combine words by indicating the missing letters. It can make singular nouns plural. And, by adding the simple apostrophe plus an “s,” it converts singular nouns into possessives whether the singular noun ends in “s” or not. Now, there are grammar rules attached to all three of these uses, but it appears that we are in the middle of an apostrophe revolt….

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What’s Your Next Step? Blog 

What’s Your Next Step?

Ever heard of the adjacent possible theory? According to Steven Johnson, author of Where Good Ideas Come From, “The adjacent possible is a kind of shadow future, hovering on the edges of the present state of things, a map of all the ways in which the present can reinvent itself.” Adjacent possible was first introduced by Stuart Kauffman in 2002. Kauffman’s theory proposes that biological systems are able to morph into more complex systems by making incremental, relatively less energy consuming changes in their make up. Basically, taking small steps. That all sounds very…

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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

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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What We Learned About Online Learning in 2020 College 

What We Learned About Online Learning in 2020

Last year at this time, you might never have even considered what it would be like to do high school at home. Now, we all know it’s possible—and that it might be necessary again. Here’s what we know now: Remote learning takes self-discipline. Get on a schedule, stay on the schedule and force yourself to stay on task. When you finish your day, get some fresh air and exercise. Don’t cheat. Most of us will have to keep learning our whole lives. You might as well try to learn the…

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How Will I Know If Something’s Wrong? College 

How Will I Know If Something’s Wrong?

Sometimes things don’t go our way or bad and unexpected things happen. It’s normal to get upset or sad during upsetting times, but if you feel that your friend isn’t responding normally it might mean that there’s something more serious going on. The National Alliance for Mental Illness ( wants you to know about these signs: Withdrawing from social activities or appearing down for more than 2 weeks. This could mean crying regularly, feeling tired all the time or not wanting to hang out anymore.  Self-harming actions such as cutting or…

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What if I’m not sure about college? College 

What if I’m not sure about college?

This is more common than you think. When I was entering college, I did not truly know what I wanted to study or even do after college. My first piece of advice would be to connect with your college advisor (when you get one) and let him/her know what your passions are, which will then lead into creating goals for yourself in college. Your hobbies can possibly become a career for you so definitely keep an open mind in college. My next piece of advice would be to get involved…

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Making a college bucket list is your license to dream big and make a note of everything you hope to experience in your journey through college. Check out this list of ideas for inspiration—then get inventive and craft your own! Engage on Campus Write for a campus publication Take a class you’re interested in just for fun Complete an honors thesis Schedule coffee with a professor Join, lead or start your own campus organization “Working at the student newspaper, even if you aren’t a journalism major, provides a deep understanding…

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Take the SAT or ACT College 

Take the SAT or ACT

Students who qualify for free or reduced lunch can also take the SAT and ACT for free. Ask your school counselor for more information. Learn more about the SAT at Learn more about the ACT at Test Optional? Among the many events cancelled in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic were SAT and ACT exams in the spring of 2020. Many colleges were already moving to becoming test-optional and many more removed testing requirements for applicants through at least 2021. Check with colleges you plan to apply to…

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21st Century Scholar Support Specialist College 

21st Century Scholar Support Specialist

Brandi Lambertson 2020 Graduate, Ball State University In 2020, Brandi Lambertson graduated from Ball State University with a double major in Entrepreneurial Management and Marketing. She was president of Ball State’s Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization and was named the outstanding graduate for the Entrepreneurial Management Major. She also works for Ball State, as a 21st Century Scholar Support Specialist. A graduate student usually has that position, but Lambertson was chosen as an undergraduate by the AmeriCorps program and Ball State because of her unique qualifications. To this day, she enjoys helping…

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Day in the Life of a College Student College Featured 

Day in the Life of a College Student

Tyra Baker was in her senior year at IUPUI studying psychology with minors in International Studies and Culture Diversity when she landed an internship at the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. As an intern, she wrote a blog post for Learn More Indiana, which has been edited here for Next Indiana. Wake Up Call! My day starts at 6:30 or 7 a.m., depending on my class and work schedule. I get up, make breakfast of either oatmeal or eggs and make a delicious cup of French roast coffee to wake…

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Vote! College 


Young voters are an important part of our election process. You can make an impact on your community, the state of Indiana and our nation by participating in the 2020 election. 3 Things to Know About Voting General Election Day is November 3, 2020. You have the right to vote in Indiana if: You are both a U.S. citizen and a resident of Indiana; and You will be at least 18 years of age on or before the next General or Municipal Election, and You are not currently in prison…

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