Two of My Favorite Downloadable FAFSA PDFs

Filling out the FAFSA is one of the most important things to do when it comes to financing your education. I’ve said it before, but even if you’re unsure that you’ll be eligible for any aid, you should fill out the FAFSA. That said, it can often seem like a daunting process. Fortunately, there are a ton of great resources out there – especially those in the form of PDFs. Here are a few of my favorites…

The FAFSA Process – From the official student aid .gov site, this short PDF explains everything you need to know about the FAFSA process in simple terms.

2016-2017 FAFSA Checklist – From the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority, this is a handy checklist you can download and print out to make sure you’ve done everything you need to do when filling out the FAFSA. I absolutely LOVE checklists, and this one is no different.

So there you have it, two simple PDFs that can make your FAFSA application process much simpler. Remember get started early, the sooner you fill out the FAFSA, the sooner you can relax and focus on all the other important things with getting into and affording college.

How to Determine Your Dependency Status in 3 Simple Steps

Knowing your dependency status beforehand will help you when it’s time to file your FAFSA. As you know, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) helps the government and your college determine how much tuition you and your family can afford to pay versus what you will still need to attend. Finding out if you’re a dependent or independent student can seem tricky, which is why I want to break down and demystify this process. [Read more…]

Instantly Improve Your Application Essay in Three Easy Steps

Writing an application essay doesn’t have to be scary or tedious. Admissions officers examine your ACT/SAT test scores, transcript, extra curricular activities, and your application essay. With the possible exception of doing well on standardized tests, the application essay is the most daunting part of the admissions process for many students. What you, as a student, may not realize is that the essay is your chance to shine. [Read more…]

The Grand Debate Finale: Off-Campus Housing

The debate is coming to a close, and Team Off-Campus Housing will now present its case. You’ll see that this post is formatted the same way as The Great-Debate Beginnings: On-Campus Housing, including statements from Team Off-Campus with rebuttals from Team-On Campus. This round of the debate will focus more on how these housing options will affect your finances. Before enrolling in a college or university, it’s critical for you factor in all of your expenses, including where you choose to live. [Read more…]

Busted Myths: What Admissions Officers Really Look For

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No one likes to waste time. Despite what it feels like, admissions officers don’t want you to do excessive work on details that don’t matter, or to ignore the ones that do. There are plenty of myths about how to get into college. Some of those theories have been “busted” over and over again like, “your SAT/ACT scores are all that matters,” or “you can only apply to colleges during your senior year.” Hopefully you know that everyday myths like those ones are not 100% true, but chances are there are several myths you do believe because they aren’t frequently addressed. [Read more…]

The Great-Debate Beginnings: On-Campus Housing

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When it comes to campus housing, there’s a lot to consider before making your decision. Depending on the school you’d like to go to, you may be able to rule out some of your living options right away. On the other hand, comparing different living options to your personal preferences can help you choose between schools.

In this two-part post, you’ll hear from both sides, Team On-Campus and Team Off-Campus. This week, Team On-Campus will present their case, and each statement will be followed by a rebuttal from Team Off-Campus. The debate begins now, and only you can decide which side wins.

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8 Companies Offering Killer Tuition Reimbursement Programs

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Tuition reimbursement programs are all the rage right now. Companies know that the rising costs of college make it difficult to start or continue your education. Luckily there are several places that students can work at that offer tuition assistance. Many of the companies in this list hire students at any degree level, and are able to work around a school schedule. This type of tuition assistance will help you save money, and make it easier to balance both your school and work life.

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Summer Classes: Great Tips to Stay Motivated

Study Hard Do Good Motivational Taking summer college classes is a great way to get ahead in your studies. The warm weather, cool treats, and fun outings that come with the season make it difficult to keep your focus on school. You’ll have no time for distractions, since it’s half the length of a fall and spring semester. Sit back and relax while you can, and read on to get some great tips from a variety of perspectives on how to stay motivated during your summer classes. [Read more…]

Decode Your Financial Aid Award Letter

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You know you’re going to college, you’ve filed your FAFSA, applied to colleges and universities, and now you’re getting financial aid award letters. Since there is no standard format that colleges have to follow, it can be difficult to decode you award letters. Despite how varied these letters initially appear, they all contain the same information and it’s just a matter of knowing what to look for and what it all means. [Read more…]

5 Essential Podcasts for College Students

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Whatever your plans are for this summer, I recommend adding a few podcast channels to your to-do list. Podcasts are, in a word, amazing. There are literally hundreds of thousands of podcast channels available, giving you quick (and often free) access to expert advice, interesting stories, a good laugh, and more. [Read more…]