Career Cost 

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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Career Cost 

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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Colleges & Schools 

What Are You Waiting For?

Challenges always exist, but a logistics executive advises against waiting for the perfect moment to start a degree program. “The right time doesn’t ever come.” As director of logistics operations, Thiago Scantamburlo manages 180 people in four main warehouses for international healthcare giant Roche Diagnosticsin Indianapolis. During the COVID-19 crisis, work in the warehouses became even more urgent, as Roche has shipped hundreds of thousands of SARS-CoV-2 tests per week throughout the U.S. since mid-March, all while developing and maintaining guidelines to keep employees safe. The work is sophisticated, highly…

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Striving for Balance

You know why you’re going to school—to advance your career, or set an example for your children, or to earn more money. But sometimes it is the how that is hard.  Finding the perfect balance between the demands of work, home and school may actually be impossible, so let go of perfection and say hello to some strategies that can keep you on the road to success. Your issue: You’re tired, distracted and have a to-do list a mile long. Strategy: Forget multitasking and try some new time-management tools. Some…

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From Lima, Peru to the Next Level

José Gómez Márquez knows a thing or two about taking risks and starting over. He was born in Peru (the country, not the Indiana town), but it lacked employment opportunities, so he moved from Lima to Miami, Florida, in 2003.  Things were better in Miami, but only marginally so. He could get by in Miami with only understanding a little English, but there still weren’t many opportunities for someone who wanted to work in manufacturing. Márquez worked hard on improving his English while researching small cities in the United States…

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