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Posted Oct. 19, 2017, 1:10 p.m. by Lesli Amos | View Comments
A New Year, A New FAFSA

January 1st – it’s a day of resolutions, new beginnings, and for college students, the first day to apply for federal financial aid. The FAFSA, or the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, helps your family and prospective universities determine how much money you will be expected to contribute towards higher education. Don’t skip this one – it’s the only way to get federal grants and loans, and almost all colleges use the FAFSA to determine how much financial aid you will need. You can apply for the FAFSA online and through the mail. Not sure if your family qualifies ...

Posted Oct. 19, 2017, 8 a.m. by Dan Lipford | View Comments
Here's the Secret to Making This School Year the Best Ever

Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny ~ Mahatma Gandhi The single most important element to make this school year great is your thoughts, because that’s where it starts. Elena Aguilar wrote a blog on edutopia.org in August 2012 aimed at teachers, but it’s equally applicable to students. Here’s part of what she said: “If I could, ...

Posted Oct. 17, 2017, 8 a.m. by Susan Moeller | View Comments
These Game Design Summer Programs Help High School Students

Sometimes, video games can be good for high school students. Playing games on a computer, tablet or smartphone can strengthen a range of cognitive skills such as spatial navigation, reasoning, memory, problem-solving and perception, according to several studies reviewed by the American Psychological Association in 2013. And, gaming might be an excuse for your high school student to get interested in a STEM program. Game development requires a knowledge of science, technology, engineering and math, as well as fine-art skills such as graphic design and 3D animation. And, game design and development is a great way for students to learn ...

Posted Oct. 13, 2017, 8 a.m. by Laurie Higgins | View Comments
 5 Reasons to Consider an Academic Pre-college Summer Program

After a busy school year focused on learning, it’s tempting for high school students to want to take a break from academics during the summer months. But it’s good for teenagers to spend at least part of their summers on academics and there are plenty of choices. Colleges across the country offer pre-college summer programs that are both educational and fun. These academic summer camps offer courses and summer activities for teenagers that boost grades and help to impress college admission officers. Here are some more reasons you might consider an academic summer program on a college campus: 1. Spending ...

Posted Oct. 4, 2017, 11 a.m. by Casey Hoke | View Comments
Three Important College Scholarships Tips for LGBTQ+ Students

“To come out, or not to come out?” I wrestled with that question frequently on my college applications and scholarship essays. I built a high school resume as a gay-straight-alliance coordinator, activist and blogger. Regardless of all I had achieved, I was worried that whoever was going to be reviewing my application (regardless of Title IX implications at each university I applied to) would write off these accomplishments as invalid because of their own homophobia and/or transphobia. Supportive high school counselors and college admissions representatives told me the choice was up to me whether to put these accomplishments in my ...

Posted Oct. 4, 2017, 7 a.m. by Amanda Chaulk | View Comments
Vermont Tech students installed a solar water heater at Camp Joshua Christian School in Tanzania.

College is about more than books and classes. It’s about learning how to put your newfound knowledge to use in the broader world. In June, four Vermont Technical College students had a chance to find that out. Vermont Tech, which has about 1,600 students across 11 campuses and distance-learning sites, asks seniors to create a capstone project before they graduate. This spring semester, engineering students Chris Sabatino, Jarek Hammerl, Cory Dalsimer and Drew Gough developed and built a solar water tank appropriate for developing countries. And in June, they got a chance to travel to Tanzania in East Africa to ...

Posted Oct. 3, 2017, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
8 College Stats to Help You Pick the Right School

Parents know that applying to college is an emotional decision. Students use all sorts of factors to determine which college they will attend: the name, food, sports teams, campus appeal, where their friend/boyfriend/girlfriend is going, etc. While these factors may or may not factor into your student’s college choice, students should certainly consider some other important factors and numbers. Two good sources for college statistics are College Navigator and College Data. These two resources will help you make an informed college choice. Numbers aren’t everything, but consider these eight important stats when you and your student are looking at schools: ...

Posted Oct. 3, 2017, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
It's October, time to fill out the FAFSA for College Aid

Since the FAFSA is now available starting Oct. 1, it’s a good idea for parents of college-bound seniors to get a head start before the craziness of senior year begins. The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is your golden ticket for college money, including all federal loans and college merit aid. Without the FAFSA, students can’t qualify for federal student loans or receive any financial aid from a college. If there’s one piece of advice I give parents repeatedly it’s, “no matter your income or ability to pay, complete the FAFSA.” Once the FAFSA becomes available, make it ...

Posted Sept. 28, 2017, 8 a.m. by Tim Whittum | View Comments
The new College of Engineering, Technology, and Aeronautics planned for Southern New Hampshire University.

The landscape of higher education is evolving, and, at Southern New Hampshire University, we’re proud to say that we’re evolving with it. We have embraced the changing marketplace at every turn, and rushed head-on to meet the new challenges it poses. One such challenge has been the growing demand for engineering and other STEM-related programs. As more and more students enter college with the goal of earning high-paying jobs after graduation, the ability to offer a first-rate education to those hoping to enter a wide range of scientific industries is more important than ever. Rising to the Challenge of STEM ...

Posted Sept. 22, 2017, 8 a.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
TeenLife and NACAC Present the 2017 Guide to Performing & Visual Arts Colleges

Jazz band, video animation, Shakespearean drama, graphic design, sound engineering, operatic arias, set building -- sometimes the opportunities for arts majors seem like an all-you-can-eat buffet, both enticing and overwhelming. Fortunately, TeenLife Media and the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) can help. Founded in 1937, NACAC has 16,000 counselor and college members dedicated to helping students make informed choices about post-secondary education. At NACAC’s annual series of Performing and Visual Arts College Fairs, held in 25 locations around the country, students can connect with universities, colleges, conservatories and other programs that can develop their talent, whether it’s performance-based ...

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