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Keep College Costs Under Control

If you’re thinking about returning to school, you’re probably also thinking about how you’ll pay for it. Rule No. 1: Do your homework before deciding whether to take on debt. Indiana attorney Michael Lux, founder of The Student Loan Sherpa, a website dedicated to student loan education, strategy and borrower advocacy, offers the following advice: “The older you are when you go back to school, the more important it is that you avoid student loan debt.  Borrowing later in life can make retirement even more difficult. Before going back to school,…

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Meet Tre Robinson

Development Automation Engineer, Salesforce; Ivy Tech ASAP Program Grad     College choice: Robinson earned his associate degree in computer and networking technology in the Ivy Tech ASAP program, which offers the opportunity to earn an associate degree in just 11 months. He said the ASAP program was the best choice for him “due to life and family situations. I had a part-time job and was looking to get working right out of school to help out. One of my guidance counselors at Tech said, ‘This would be a perfect…

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5 Tips to Save, Learn, Succeed

Scholarship Search Checklist Filing the FAFSA isn’t the only step you should take to explore financial aid. By filing the FAFSA, you may automatically qualify for some scholarships, but there are other opportunities as well. A reliable online resource is FastWeb.com, which includes college and graduate school scholarship opportunities, as well as special scholarships for veterans, bilingual students, single parents, and more. Other tips: Investigate community resources such as civic groups, community foundations and faith-based organizations. Ask for help. Talk to everyone you meet about your search for scholarships. Friends,…

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Get Up to Speed, Tuition-Free

If you left high school without earning your diploma, find help at an Excel Center in 11 Indiana locations.The Excel Center offers an accelerated learning model designed for adult students. Enrollment is open to any Indiana resident who does not have a high school diploma. At no cost, adult students can earn a Core 40 high school diploma and begin post-secondary education. Through the integration of industry-recognized certification training and dual credit requirements, The Excel Center positions graduates for college and career paths that offer better-than-average wages.Excel Center locations can…

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EARN Indiana Expands, More Paid Internships

The state’s work-study program for college students is expanding. EARN (Employer Aid Readiness Network) is the state’s work-study program. Students with financial need have access to resume-building, experiential, paid internships while employers receive state matching funds. To be eligible for an EARN Indiana internship, students must also:• be an Indiana resident;• be enrolled full-time at an eligible Indiana college; and • not have a bachelor’s degree prior to the term the student plans to work.EARN Indiana has partnered with Indiana INTERNnet to better match students and employers, and to assist…

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