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Ivy Tech Partners With McDonald’s to Fund Employee Education

McDonald’s restaurants and Ivy Tech Community College have teamed up for McDonald’s Archways to Opportunity program to make college more affordable and offer training at more than 300 McDonald’s locations and 18 Ivy Tech campuses. Restaurant employees who work a minimum of 90 days at 15 hours per week will be eligible for tuition assistance of up to $2,500 per year as a crew member and up to $3,000 per year as a manager. Ivy Tech will offer crosswalk credits to McDonald’s restaurant employees for some on-the-job training and classes,…

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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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NEVER TOO LATE FOR A NEW DIRECTION

Alwyn Lee wanted to earn her college degree so badly that she vowed she would do whatever it took.  “I had started and stopped so many times,” she said. “I wanted toachieve it.” Earning that degree took a lot of work—no surprise—but it didn’t require student loans. And when Lee turns 50 in 2021, it will be as a college graduate without student debt. Lee’s decision to return to pursue her degree was not taken lightly. She was unable to work due to disability, had struggles with mental illness, and…

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