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Employer Support Counts

If you’re looking to continue your education following your undergraduate studies while also working, be sure to seek support. Sit down and have a conversation with your employer about your educational pursuit. Be sure to discuss your employer’s expectations as well as what assistance or support they may be able to provide—from encouragement to flexibility and even financial assistance. Tips for working with your employer to continue your education: Research programs and schools to get an understanding of what’s offered—not only the program but the format in which it’s delivered…

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Financial Advice You Can Trust

LearnMoreIndiana.org for information about making college more affordable, FAFSA and state financial aid opportunities.  Investindiana.org for advice on financial literacy, student loans and options for Indiana students.  FAFSA.ed.gov is your link to completing the FAFSA and provides plenty of federal financial student aid advice and planning tools.  Studentaid.ed.gov covers all the basics on college, types of financial aid and how to apply. Moneysmarts.iu.edu offers classes, a podcast and helpful advice on avoiding debt and spending more wisely.  Purdue.edu/mymoney provides web-based, reliable budgeting tools and a student loan calculator. Additional resources…

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FINANCIAL AID TERMS you need to know

Award Letter  This is a term sometimes used for an offer from a college or career school that states the type and amount of financial aid the school is willing to provide if you accept admission and register to take classes at that school. Cost of Attendance (COA) The total amount it will cost you to go to school—usually stated as a yearly figure. COA includes tuition and fees; room and board (or a housing and food allowance); and allowances for books, supplies, transportation, loan fees and dependent care. It…

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Does College Have to Cost a Fortune?

Many adults without a bachelor’s degree want to go back to college, but worry about the overall affordability of student loans, according to a 2019 nationwide survey.* The survey showed the dilemma that faces many adults who have less than a college credential. About 70 percent said they believed colleges successfully prepare adult students for the workplace, and the same percentage believe having a bachelor’s degree is important to secure a job. Roughly 60 percent have considered returning to school to complete a degree. The majority said that finances pose…

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