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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. 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. 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 ...

Posted Sept. 21, 2017, 1 p.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
What You Need To Know About the Common Application This Year

It looks like the widely used Common Application has taken some cues from the new Coalition Application. The new changes to the 2017-18 Common App for colleges mirror features found in the Coalition App. Competition often creates innovation and the Common App has some much-needed updates. The Common App changes this year will benefit high school students and make the application more user friendly. While these changes will be welcomed by students, it’s too early to tell whether or not they will bring with them glitches in the application system. Here are some possible complications that could arise as high ...

Posted Sept. 7, 2017, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Share This College To-Do List With Your High School Junior

The minute college-bound students begin their junior year of high school, they should hit the ground running. Junior year is the all-important year for college admissions. It’s when students begin to get serious about college choice, concentrate on test prep, do their best with academics, start working on college essays and intensify the scholarship search. It might seem overwhelming, but starting early and chipping away at tasks bit by bit can make a big difference this year and next. Here’s a to-do list to talk over with your student. And while you’re talking, agree on what your role as a ...

Posted Sept. 5, 2017, 4 p.m. by Stephanie Hicks | View Comments
How Lions Heart Volunteering Helps Boost Those Leaderships Skills

You don’t have to be the quarterback, star in the school play, or be ASB president to lead others. Rolling up your sleeves and doing community service with friends is a great way to get leadership experience – and have fun! Demonstrating strong leadership skills is easy to do in a volunteer setting and nothing looks better on a high school resume or applications for jobs, internships and college. Here’s our three-step way to demonstrating leadership: 1. Volunteer for a cause you care about – even for just a few hours. 2. Work your way up to organizing a group ...

Posted Aug. 31, 2017, 8 a.m. by Bill O'Neill | View Comments
Why Colleges Are Turning STEM into STEAM

“Technology alone is not enough. It’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the results that make our heart sing.” – Steve Jobs The kind of thinking that brought us the Mac, the iPod and the iPhone is the kind of thinking that more and more schools are trying to cultivate. From tiny Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, Calif., to major research universities like Duke University in Durham, N.C., and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass., undergraduate programs are looking for inventive ways to blur the distinction between the humanities and STEM programs. ...

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