Too Good to Be True?

Watch out for diploma mills that offer you a “degree” for a flat fee in a short amount of time with little or no course work. The Federal Trade Commission warns that some diploma mills use names that are very similar to well-known colleges or universities. The diploma mill degree, however, is fake or worthless, costing you money and possibly your reputation. Watch out for colleges that offer too-good-to-be-true sounding offers for a degree without studies or exams or a “no-wait” offer of a diploma in just a few weeks.…

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Degree Map

College is like any journey: It helps to have a map. At Indiana public colleges and universities, all students should be provided with a degree map, which outlines the courses they need to take each semester to graduate from college on time. Indiana public colleges and universities also offer a guarantee: If the course isn’t available to you when it is mapped, it is free. Degree maps can show you critical courses to complete by specific points in your college career, the minimum grade required for it to count toward…

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Will These Credits Transfer?

You started a degree at one college. Had to stop after a couple of semesters. Started again a few years later, but stopped again. Now you want to finish your degree, but all you have is a bunch of credits from a few different places. What can you do? It is not an uncommon situation, according to Tari Lambert, director of the Indiana Core Transfer Library. “So many students have started down one educational path but dropped out for one reason or another,” Lambert says. LearnmoreIndiana.org can help you sort…

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Cash for College

Who doesn’t need cash for college? Learn More Indiana’s Cash for College campaign has great advice, tips and resources to help Hoosier students of all ages pay for college. Learn about FAFSA, saving for college, paying for college and more at LearnmoreIndiana.org. The Indiana College Costs Estimator, powered by the National Center for College Costs and Learn More Indiana. It is full of advice for high school and college students and their families. Visit LearnMoreIndiana.org/cost to calculate your actual college costs in minutes, and download the free mobile app too.

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Start Saving with a 529 Plan

If you’re thinking about college for you or a family member, 529 college savings accounts may give you an affordable, flexible, and smart way to save. A 529 plan is designed for tax-deferred growth, federal tax-free qualified withdrawals, with special tax credit for Indiana residents, gift-tax and estate planning benefits. If you’re just now thinking about starting a CollegeChoice 529 Direct Savings Plan, saving for four years of college might not be a reasonable goal – but setting other goals might be. You could set a goal of saving for a…

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