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Kevin Robbins: A New College Degree and Career, Minus the Cost

Kevin Robbins played football at Franklin College and attended IUPUI, but he never graduated. Instead, he pursued a lucrative career in car sales. That career came at a cost, however. To earn his commissions on new car sales, he worked long hours, without any company health or retirement benefits. Eventually, he knew something had to give. So in 2014, at age 24, he entered an apprenticeship with Quality Connection, a labor management partnership representing 100 union electrical contractors and 2,500 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) #481. Now, at age…

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Financial Aid Basics

Here’s a fact: College can be expensive. Here’s another fact: There are ways to make it more affordable. Whether it’s federal, state or institutional aid, here are financial aid basics you should know. First, there is no age limit for federal student aid and applying is free at fafsa.gov. You might qualify for three categories of federal student aid: • Grants are student aid funds that do not have to be repaid. Most federal grants are based on financial need. • Work-study is money earned through a job on or…

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Other Ways to Pay

You want to go back to school, but you’re not sure how to pay for it. There are more options than you think. Check these out: Employer programs Employers love learners because they make better employees. In fact, national companies like Walmart and Starbucks are offering tuition plans to find and keep loyal workers. Some of these programs, such as Godfather’s and Papa John’s, are open to part-time as well as full-time employees who have been with the company for as little as 30-90 days. “Many Indiana-based companies also offer…

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Education Impacts a Life—and a Family

Even after graduating from Indiana State University, James Yates is dedicated to learning. Yates was raised by his mother Angela, a single parent, who worked several jobs to support him and his three siblings. And while he knew that she wouldn’t financially be able to contribute to his college education, he was “raised to believe that there is no wealth like knowledge and no poverty like ignorance,” he said. “I learned to sit back and observe,” Yates said. “This student earned an A+ on that exam, and I earned a…

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Meet Our Next Indiana and Grad Scholarship Winners

Next Indiana Next Indiana: A Guide to Life After High School is a resource for high school juniors and seniors. Bryce Dixon, who graduated with the Brownsburg High School class of 2019, entered the Next Indiana scholarship contest in 2018 and won $1,500 for college. Dixon will attend Indiana University. He plans to study finance and accounting, with a complementary minor in Spanish. To prepare for college, Dixon said he took many AP classes in high school to become accustomed to the workload of college classes. He ran with his…

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