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Author: Jessica Zdunek

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Jessica Zdunek is the content marketing manager for Cappex.com, a free resource that helps match students with their best-fit colleges and provides thousands of scholarships.

Posted Feb. 4, 2016, 9 a.m. by Jessica Zdunek | View Comments
How to Pick a College Minor and Why it's Important

Most people never consider a minor until their freshman or sophomore year of college, despite the fact they've often been thinking about a major for years already. Minors often completely overlooked - and they shouldn't be! Adding a minor has the potential to be an important part of your college experience, but what exactly is a minor, and do you actually need one? What's a college minor? Your major is the primary subject you'll study in college. Your minor is your secondary field of study, meaning you'll take multiple classes in this area but not quite as many as you ...

Posted Jan. 14, 2016, 9:37 a.m. by Jessica Zdunek | View Comments
No 4.0? No Worries, There Are Still Scholarships For You

Think scholarships are only for the kids with 4.0 GPAs? Luckily for you, this myth couldn't be less accurate! There are scholarships out there for everyone, even if you aren't a sports star or the valedictorian. Here's how to find them. Look for institution-specific awards Don't assume your school doesn't offer any aid besides what's included in your award letter. Most colleges and universities also award scholarships to students based on their majors, academic histories, or volunteer work. Some even award legacy scholarships to students, and all you need to do to qualify is have a family member who graduated ...

Posted Dec. 4, 2015, 9 a.m. by Jessica Zdunek | View Comments
How to Balance School and a Part-Time Job

For more and more teens, part-time work isn't an option - it's a necessity. The College Board notes the average tuition and fees for in-state students at four-year public institutions jumped up to more than $9,000 for the 2014-2015 school year, and the cost of a nonprofit private school soared to more than $31,000. Combine those numbers with room and board, books, and miscellaneous expenses, and the total cost of college is staggering. Most parents can't shoulder that expense by themselves, and students are reluctant to take out even more loans. Part-time work won't cover the whole cost of college, ...