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Fees Can Add Up. But you might not need to pay them.

Many colleges offer application-fee waivers to encourage students to apply regardless of financial difficulty or other circumstances. Check the school’s website or call the admissions office and ask. Fee waivers are more available than most students realize. Here are some of the special circumstances that can save you money: Campus Visits: Some colleges award an automatic fee waiver to students who have participated in a campus visit day. If you’re planning on visiting, ask about fee waivers. Children of Veterans or Veterans: You may be applying to a college that…

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Before you apply … Fill out the FAFSA

You’ll get tired of hearing about the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Well, get over it. This is the big one, the first and most important part of any college financial aid strategy. Anyone interested in going back to school should fill out the FAFSA online between Oct. 1 and April 15 to qualify for state and federal financial aid for the next academic year. You’ll file the FAFSA every year to keep receiving financial aid. Complete it as soon as possible to maximize opportunities with colleges that…

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Amani is a winner—you could be, too

As the winner of the 2020–21 scholarship, Amani Miles has an extra $1,000 to spend on her life goals. Miles is a senior at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, where she is studying health sciences, with minors in health psychology and biology. She’s also getting a certificate in nutrition. “Here at IUPUI I am on the track team, executive board of the Black Student Union and a member of Student African-American Sisterhood,” Miles said. After earning her degree, the Indianapolis native and North Central High School graduate plans to attend Physician…

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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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Scholarships—your best path to a debt-free education

Unlike student loans, you don’t repay a scholarship. But getting a scholarship isn’t as easy as walking into a bank. You have to apply for and be awarded a scholarship. Some are based purely on need. Others are merit-based and very competitive. The good news is there is a seemingly endless list of scholarships to apply and compete for. The trick is to find scholarships that you qualify for. Ask each school you apply to about scholarships they offer and the deadline for applying for the scholarships.  Think you won’t…

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