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Pete the Planner Talks About Paying for College Cost 

Pete the Planner Talks About Paying for College

IBJ personal finance columnist Peter Dunn talks with podcast host Mason King about three key components of paying for college: saving in advance, paying some expenses in the moment and preparing your kids to make good choices. All three take planning, Dunn says. And that last one takes some tough and ongoing conversations about choosing an affordable college, the amount you’ll be contributing as parents and making good decisions about debt. But his most important piece of advice for parents? Prioritize saving for retirement over saving for your kids’ college…

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Fast-growing ‘early college’ schools push kids through barriers to college Blog College 

Fast-growing ‘early college’ schools push kids through barriers to college

Originally posted on Chalkbeat by Dylan Peers McCoy on March 28, 2016 Education leaders in Indiana and across the country are promoting early college high schools that let students earn a diploma and an associate’s degree at the same time. The programs give students a leg up on college — and save them thousands of dollars in tuition. But as they proliferate, early colleges are growing from a niche alternative in a handful of tiny schools to a new strategy for preparing high school students for the future. Indiana is…

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Seriously, Ask Questions Blog College 

Seriously, Ask Questions

– Jacob Elmore,  intern at the Indianapolis Business Journal If you ever want to learn or figure something out, always ask. It seems like such an obvious thing but there are so many students that are too afraid to ask a professor questions. Some teachers may be rude or short, some answers may be unhelpful, some students might think you’re slow, or whatever else. If you don’t know and want to know something, how else are you going to learn it? Any job I’ve ever had I’ve always made sure to…

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Tips and Tricks for Campus Transportation Blog College 

Tips and Tricks for Campus Transportation

– Jacob Elmore,  intern at the Indianapolis Business Journal Getting around on campus is different for everyone. If you’re looking for a fun way to get around quickly, think about using a bicycle. I’ve ridden a bike almost every day while on campus since it’s incredibly efficient. Some of the perks of riding include: getting places quicker, being able to ride on the road and sidewalk, most bikes have brakes which are important for being on campus with high traffic, cheaper repairs and maintenance than a car plus no gas or…

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Buying Books And Saving Money Blog College Cost 

Buying Books And Saving Money

– Jacob Elmore,  intern at the Indianapolis Business Journal Throughout my time in college, I’ve heard all kinds of ridiculous amounts of money that people have spent on books. Usually the range is anywhere from a few hundred dollars to thousands of dollars. Although I have a major that isn’t textbook heavy, I still had to buy books that aren’t cheap for my early years . I’ve learned that buying books online, renting books, or buying from students is often the best route to go to save money. Three websites that…

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What Will You Be? 3 Secrets to Success Career 

What Will You Be? 3 Secrets to Success

Ever since you were a little kid, people have probably asked you this question: What do you want to be when you grow up? Whatever you want to be right now –doctor, builder, teacher or entrepreneur – you need to be something else, too: prepared for success. BE Educated Everyone should pursue and complete a post-secondary credential or degree beyond high school to compete in our knowledge-based economy. You don’t know how to do everything. Just be prepared to keep learning. BE Someone to Hire Critical thinking skills and personal…

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The Scoop on Scholarships Cost 

The Scoop on Scholarships

Filing the FAFSA isn’t the only step you should take in finding financial aid. You can start even earlier, working to find scholarships. Your first stop should be your school or college counseling office. Counselors often have an established—and winning—method to help you in your scholarship search. Other ideas: Search. Investigate community resources such as civic groups, community foundations and faith-based organizations. Many extra-curricular organizations, such as your local 4-H clubs or scouting groups, offer scholarships, too. Your parents’ —or even your own—employer might have programs, too. You can also…

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Top Tips to Transition to College College 

Top Tips to Transition to College

Whether you’re going to a university across the country or taking community college classes across town, almost all students say making the transition from high school to college can be tough. “In high school, you have had every minute of your day structured, but when you get to college, you really have large blocks of unstructured time that you have to learn to manage,” says Tracy A. Funk, assistant vice chancellor for enrollment management at Ivy Tech Community College-Central Indiana. Not only that, but college professors often don’t take attendance,…

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Student’s Speak: Nathan Muntz College 

Student’s Speak: Nathan Muntz

Nathan Muntz Purdue University Student Pre-Med World Traveler Hometown: Indianapolis   My college choice: As a 21st Century Scholar, Muntz was matched with a mentor through Starfish Initiative, an Indianapolis-based non-profit, and went on college tours and visits. “Every campus I visited, I thought I wanted to go there, basically because college seemed so exciting. Once I saw Purdue, I knew that’s where I wanted to be. The biggest draw was that it is a research institution and they push for undergraduates to be involved as early as possible. On…

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Apply Now! Career 

Apply Now!

College Go! August-November is a perfect time to get the college admissions process underway. Get started! 1. Organize Create a list of at least three and up to five colleges you will apply to, including at least one “reach” school that you might be admitted to based on your test scores; one “probably yes” school that your profile closely matches; and one “safety” school that you are sure to be admitted to. 2. Tackle those applications Some colleges will require more than others, so prioritize according to deadlines and the…

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3 Steps to Finding the Right College College 

3 Steps to Finding the Right College

Going to college is the next logical step after high school, but your education plan should fit your goals and budget. Follow these steps to discover your best fit. 1. Start with what you really need. Think about your career goals. Some certificate programs can get you into a job in less than a year. On the other hand, you might be hoping to become a lawyer, doctor, scientist or physical therapist. What you hope to be should help you decide where to go. Create your plan for high school,…

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Students Speak: Haley Rivera Career College 

Students Speak: Haley Rivera

Haley Rivera Indiana INTERNnet Impact Award Nominee College Student Future Nurse Hometown: Hobart, Indiana   Experience: Career experience: Hobart High School has a work-based learning program. “When you apply to the program, you write down what you are interested in and where you want to go. I was matched with Brickyard Pediatrics. We have block scheduling, so during the third hour, I would go to Dr. [Marc] Connery’s office for 90 minutes. Sometimes I would go over after school, too, or on school breaks.” What it was like: “I would…

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Credential or Degree? What do you need? College 

Credential or Degree? What do you need?

In most cases, with each level of education, the better your chances for job security and higher income. Find out how financial aid can help you reach your next level on page 32. One-year certificate Complete requirements in a year or less at a community college or other training center and earn a workforce certificate in a wide range of jobs such as computer technology, security, commercial truck driving, accounting, certified nursing assistant or many other areas. Apprenticeship Train for three to five years in one of more than 1,000…

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STAY SAFE! k thnx bye College 

STAY SAFE! k thnx bye

You’re busy. You’re having fun. We get it. But get this: statistically, you’re at risk of injury or death due to bad decisions. Consider: Traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for American teens. In 2014, over 3,100 people (teens, adults and children) will be killed because of distracted driving. Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting, which at 55 MPH is enough time to cover the length of a football field. (National Highway Transportation Safety Administration) 58 percent of teen crashes…

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Opportunity Everywhere, For Everyone College 

Opportunity Everywhere, For Everyone

College doesn’t have to cost a fortune, or take forever. College can be a great experience and prepare you for your future. What’s your style? Check out these options: Community college: At Ivy Tech Community College campuses throughout the state or Vincennes University in Vincennes and Indianapolis, you can earn a degree quicker and cheaper than anywhere in the state, in careers that are in demand now. Apprenticeship: For students who like making things and can handle the math, apprenticeships present the opportunity to earn a paycheck and learn job-ready…

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Student’s Speak: Carrie Wilson Cost 

Student’s Speak: Carrie Wilson

Carrie Wilson Ball State Grad Project Coordinator Dog Lover Hometown: Greenfield   First Job: Wilson works with healthcare clients as a project coordinator for Recourse Resource Consulting in Fishers, Indiana, and as a community ambassador for Leap for Women, an online community for entrepreneurs.   How she got there: Wilson graduated from Ball State in 2015. “I was a psychology major and thought I wanted to do counseling, but realized that it was not the career for me. A psychology degree definitely helps me interact and best understand clients.”  …

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College: More Affordable Than You Think Blog 

College: More Affordable Than You Think

A lot of times when you hear “college” you also hear “ka-ching!” How will you come up with the thousands of dollars you need to get a degree? First, take a deep breath. There is financial aid available for most students, and, more importantly, college costs are within your control. Consider these five ways to make college more affordable: Choose carefully. Your goal is to complete your degree in the best college program, at the most affordable price. That will be a different equation for every student and family. It’s…

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it’s FAST and it’s FREE: All About FAFSA Cost 

it’s FAST and it’s FREE: All About FAFSA

File your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) between October 1 and March 10 each year to qualify for state and federal financial aid for the next academic year. Go to to complete it online, fast (average time: 22 minutes) and free. The website includes a worksheet to help you organize your financial information to make the process go even smoother. Make sure you have everything you need to complete the FAFSA and college financial aid information, including: FSA ID ( Your Social Security Number Driver’s license number…

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Your Fabulous Life Cost 

Your Fabulous Life

How much money do you need to live the lifestyle you want? That depends on what you’ll earn, and what you’ll spend. See how far your future occupation and income will take you with IN Reality, an online tool at Produced by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development and the Indiana Business Research Center at the IU Kelley School of Business, IN Reality offers a reality check without a lecture on your spending habits. Choose an income level and occupation and make choices about whether to drive a used…

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