Here is a link to an article about the advantages for someone interested in getting a four year degree or starting their college career at a community college for two years and then transferring. Read More
Getting a degree is very expensive and sometimes, it can get you tangled up in student loans that takes ages to pay if you're lucky enough to land a lucrative job. This article outlines 7 of the top high-paying jobs to aspire for to make it easier to pay your debts and save you a lot on interest cost. Read the full article at University.com.
A short article on how early planning beginning in high school can make it much more likely a student will be successful in college. Tips for what to do to prepare in each year of high school as well as tips on how to improve your scholarship resume. Test scores suggest a high percentage of high school students are not ready for college. Only a quarter of the 1.8 million graduates who took the ACT college entrance exam in 2013 met readiness benchmarks in all four core subjects – English, math, science and reading. That figure dropped from 31 percent in 2012, according to annual reports by ACT Inc. Students who hit the mark on the test have a 75 percent chance of passing a first-year college course in that subject. Those who fall short are more likely to struggle in college and many will waste time and tuition dollars on remedial courses....
Brian Harris is a prolific author who has written extensively about how to choose a career. This is an inexpensive book that you can buy on Amazon for download for $3 that combines a self evaluation of your personal interests with a career aptitude test. Doing a self evaluation of both your interests and your abilities can help you better focus on careers where you will likely be the most successful. Read More
Students like are saving money through online marketplaces for used, new, rental or electronic textbooks. You can even rent textbooks rather than buy them. For example, Some McGraw Hill textbooks are 50% less as an electronic book. This article points out a number of online marketplaces and other strategies to reduce the cost of your textbooks. It was written by Danielle Douglas-Gabriel, a writer for the Washington Post, and has links to a number of resources. Read More
Most career tests simply give you insights into your personality. The MAPP test also offers people new insights into what they’re naturally drawn toward and how they can develop this into a satisfying career. The test also gives young people a vision for what their future career could be. There are 900 jobs that are sorted in order of the student’s unique test results after they take the online career test. Take the MAPP Career and Personality Test for FREE The MAPP assessment has undergone extensive validity and reliability testing by a number of psychologists, including correlating the results to the Strong Interest Inventory®. Validity and reliability studies also indicate that the MAPP test is consistent over time. Take the MAPP Test for FREE
Scholarships, Financial Aid and Ways to Reduce College Costs Index (Click on Blue to Navigate) I. Waivers for College Applications and Testing Fees II. Application for Federal Student Aid ( FAFSA ) III. Types of Financial Aid IV. Financial Aid Programs Specifically for Oklahoma Students V. Improve Your Scholarship Hunt With Alternative Search Engines VI. Community Foundation Scholarships VII. How Scholarships are Paid VIII. Other Ways to Help Pay for College or Reduce Costs IX. Childcare in College X. Preparing a College Budget I. Fee Waivers for College Applications and Testing Colleges charge a fee to submit an admissions application and there are fees associated with taking the ACT and SAT academic tests that most colleges require. But these fees can be waived based on your family’s income. As a rule of thumb, if you qualify for free or reduced lunches, you will qualify for these fee waivers. You can apply...
This is a recent article in the New York times that points out changes that have been made to the Student Loan program. Specifically it describes the way the program has shifted to an income based repayment program with provisions for debt forgiveness under certain circumstances. There are also acelerated forgiveness programs for people who choose careers in fields like education and non profits. Make sure you understand how this loan program has evolved. Read More
With so many boomers retiring from the trades, the U.S. is going to need a lot more pipe-fitters, nuclear power plant operators, carpenters, welders, utility workers — the list is long. But the problem is not enough young people are getting that kind of training. Read more