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  • Do SAT scores really matter?

    Every year, all across the US, high school students and their parents spend millions of dollars, thousands of hours of study time, and a whole lot of worry and sweat, to take the SAT exam. Once known as the Scholastic Aptitude Test, the re-branded SAT measures student performance on standard academic knowledge in literacy and …

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  • Is a STEM degree a good investment?

    A proud moment for the parents of any college student might be when he or she declares a major in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) field. Maybe more relief than pride, as most of us now know STEM majors will find the job market much easier than their Liberal Arts counterparts. It’s hard out …

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  • How do I save money on textbooks?

    There are a lot of costs students don’t typically think about when they’re heading to college: meal plans, parking, laundry, and copies, for instance. But the one that really gets us all that first semester is books. College textbooks are expensive. Everybody knows it, everybody complains about it, and there’s not much anybody can do …

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  • How do I avoid the freshman 15?

    Those heading to college often worry about the possibility of weight gain in their first year. We’ve all heard the alarming phrase, the “Freshman 15” – everybody gains 15 pounds in their first year of college. Well, first of all, it’s actually more like the freshman three. Not quite as scary right? A 2011 Social …

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  • 25 Tuition-Free Colleges

    So you’re looking for a deal like no other on college – the best possible value. Well, how do you feel about free? I’m sure you have many questions- is free tuition really free? Can a free college really work for me? Yes, there are some colleges and universities you can attend for free! There are …

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  • What should I know about the Federal Work-Study program?

    Tutoring Services  by Lower Columbia College  CC 2.0 If you’re heading to college and need money for tuition and fees, there are plenty of options, grants, scholarships, and student loans being the most common. But one form of financial aid that often goes unnoticed is the Federal Work Study Program. The Federal Work Study Program, …

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  • Are college graduation rates important?

    When you’re considering what college to attend, one qualification will always come up: graduation rate. Graduation rate refers to the time in which a student enters and then completes a degree at a 4-year college or university, usually expressed as a percentage: X% of enrolled students complete their degree in four years. We can find …

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  • What does expected family contribution mean?

    You plugged in all your information, dotted your i’s, crossed your t’s, and finally your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is completed. Now what? Sit tight. You’re waiting for the United States Department of Education to spit out this grand number, and that’s going to take a week or two. In the meantime, …

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  • What do I need to know when applying for student loans?

    By now you’ve heard about the horrors of excessive student loans. Many students in recent years have been set up for life-long financial trouble by easily obtained, difficult to repay loans. If you don’t want to be one of them, you should really only consider student loans after you have sourced any and all free …

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  • How can I get a tuition reimbursement from my employer?

    Maybe you went straight to work after high school, or after a couple years of college you cut out early to start making some money and figured you’d get back eventually. Well, now may be the perfect time to inquire if your employer participates in a tuition payment/reimbursement program, also known as waivers, to pay …

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  • Can I get financial aid with a criminal record?

    Short answer: maybe. If you want to go to college, it’s best not to get convicted of a crime. But it’s an unfortunate reality that sometimes it takes a serious wake-up call to realize you need to turn your life around and make something better for yourself. In many cases, that means education. But, having …

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