February 23, 2013
The Today show recently had on Eric Furda, the director of admissions at the University of Pennsylvania. If you follow selective college admissions there is nothing earth shaking discussed by Dean Furda but there is some very good information that students applying to this kind of college need to keep in mind.
Tags: College Admissions
February 17, 2013
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is how millions of students apply for federal, state and most college-based financial aid. And because government grants compose 74 percent of this $185 billion pool, it’s understandable for families to feel anxious when filling out the FAFSA.
It doesn’t have to be that way. Susan McCrackin, Senior Director Financial Aid Methodology at the College Board, offers this eight-step map to help parents and students work through the FAFSA as efficiently and effectively as possible.
1. Gather Your Documents
It is much easier to fill out the FAFSA if you have all the needed forms in hand before you start. Here’s a list of documents to get you going. You should also get a U.S. Department of E
February 9, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana House Education Committee signed off Thursday on an expansion of the Republican-backed school voucher system.
The measure would eliminate the current one-year waiting period students have to spend in public school before qualifying for a voucher and would qualify wealthier families for the program in certain cases. In some instances, a family of four earning up to $128,000 annually could qualify for vouchers that would cover up to 50 percent of the cost of sending their children to private schools.
The panel voted 9-3 Thursday afternoon to send the measure to the full House of Representatives. The vote split along party lines just as the issue has for much of the last two years.
Tags: School Voucher
January 29, 2013
This is a guest post by Veronica Mason. Veronica Mason has worked as an academic adviser since graduating from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in education. She enjoys learning about innovations in education, particularly online classes.
It’s hard to know exactly what a college is looking for when evaluating student applications. As discussed in previous blog posts, having a solid GPA, getting involved in activities outside of school, and being a good fit for the school’s needs are all important aspects.
Unfortunately, it’s not enough to have these qualities; you also have to know how to best present them to the admissions committee. With ex
January 25, 2013
Most students need help paying for college, but where does financial aid come from and how do you get it? Billions of dollars are used to finance higher education each year; in 2009-10 alone, $199.2 billion was awarded to students in the form of grants, in addition to another $8.5 billion in state and private loans. Want to see some numbers? Here’s a breakdown of college financial aid: where it comes from, where it goes and all the other details.
, Financial Aid