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Stay on Course & Graduate with Less Debt: The Cost of Not Finishing College

Stay on Course & Graduate with Less Debt: The Cost of Not Finishing College

We can all agree that college is not cheap. Figuring out a clear plan for you to achieve the goal of finishing takes a great deal of time, energy, and finances. Choosing how to invest your money is so...

Stay on Course & Graduate with Less Debt: The Cost of Not Finishing College
6 People to Know on Campus

6 People to Know on Campus

Adapting to college life can be challenging. To make the best of your experience rely on the “go-to” people who can be a valuable resource to you. There will be a number of people you will meet thro...

6 People to Know on Campus
FAFSA Verification – Don’t Delay Your Financial Aid!

FAFSA Verification – Don’t Delay Your Financial Aid!

You completed the FAFSA, you received the Student Aid Report (SAR), now what? Many students aren’t aware but one out of three students will be selected for verification, and if you are chosen don’t ...

FAFSA Verification – Don’t Delay Your Financial Aid!
Cost of Attendance, Online Classes, Living with Parents, and Changing Plans

Cost of Attendance, Online Classes, Living with Parents, and Changing Plans

Still thinking of continuing your education online or virtually? Something to think about is your Cost of Attendance (COA) and whether or not it has changed for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year. Y...

Cost of Attendance, Online Classes, Living with Parents, and Changing Plans
Planning for Year 1 and Year 2 during COVID-19

Planning for Year 1 and Year 2 during COVID-19

COVID-19 has probably thrown a wrench or two into your plans for the 2020-2021 school year. Travel plans may not be in the cards for you this school year. There are still so many options to make the...

Planning for Year 1 and Year 2 during COVID-19
Deferred Enrollment? Can I? Should I?

Deferred Enrollment? Can I? Should I?

Congratulations to the Class of 2020! You did it! I am sure that this senior year was not what you expected for your last semester in high school and there may be some unknown waters ahead, such as ...

Deferred Enrollment? Can I? Should I?
Online Education- Is it for me?

Online Education- Is it for me?

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, I had seen more and more advertising about online classes and education. However, moving forward, does an online education fit your learning style? Is it the best opt...

Online Education- Is it for me?
AKCIS Tools for Adults during COVID-19

AKCIS Tools for Adults during COVID-19

Wow! COVID-19 is probably giving you more time to reflect on your current employment status. Do you like what you do? Do you have a postsecondary credential you’ve been interested in getting, or f...

AKCIS Tools for Adults during COVID-19
Finding Financial Resources for Postsecondary Education

Finding Financial Resources for Postsecondary Education

Paying for college can turn out to be a scavenger hunt for funds, but when it comes to achieving your goals, nothing should stop you, not even the net cost.Financial resources for college or career tr...

Finding Financial Resources for Postsecondary Education
Postsecondary Paths

Postsecondary Paths

Whenever I present on postsecondary options, I always start by explaining what I mean by “postsecondary education” – any educational program after high school or GED such as: workforce skills & car...

Postsecondary Paths
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Whenever I present on postsecondary options, I always start by explaining what I mean by “postsecondary education” – any educational program after high school or GED such as: workforce skills & career training, vocational/technical program, apprenticeships, associate & bachelor degrees, or military career/ROTC.
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Being the first to do anything can be exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time. Well, that’s how I felt my senior year in high school, especially since I was a first generation college student .
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In the news, you will sometimes hear about the top paying jobs in Alaska. At others times, you might find an article that talks about the fastest growing Alaska industry or occupation. However, you rarely see these two topics linked together when it comes to occupations.
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There is an app on my phone that tells me exactly how long I have until my student loans are paid off. It is a basic countdown app that I set up after using this online calculator to find out just how long I will be paying off those loans. Here’s a calculator for federal loans.
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One of the many challenges of rural Alaska is the lack of qualified health professionals. Many residents need to travel hundreds of miles with various modes of transportation to receive needed care. The mission of AHEC Scholars is to send students to communities across the state to introduce them to the places that need their expertise the most and prepare them for the realities of their career path. The Alaska AHEC addresses its mission by working in the following areas:
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When I was a high school senior, I had no idea what to write on scholarship applications. I grew up in Dillingham, a fishing community in Southwest Alaska. I’d gone to school for most of my life. I babysat kids. I had a driver’s license. Do you find any of that particularly compelling? No, you probably don’t because it is all pretty boring. I didn’t think there was anything super interesting about my life either, but I knew that I needed scholarships to go to college unless my parents discov...
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If loans are part of your plan for college or career training, the first way to save is to do your research and pick the best loan. But there’s another secret to big savings: payments in school.
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Today, AVTEC is still the only statewide post-secondary vocational training center operated by the State of Alaska; and strives to provide students with career-focused training that can be applied in the modern Alaska workforce. Integrated with industry-standard technology, software, and equipment, students gain real-world, hands-on experience. AVTEC now offers 10 professional programs, with curriculum that is designed to meet the specific needs of employers throughout Alaska. Prospective studen...
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It's finally time to say your goodbyes and head to your new “home” for the next x-amount of years. You get there and the homesickness settles in. Homesickness can make the experience of moving away nerve-wracking, but it may not be home you miss, but rather what is familiar to you. I have a few tips to help you overcome homesickness:
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Paying for college can turn out to be a scavenger hunt for funds, but when it comes to achieving your goals, nothing should stop you, not even the net cost. Financial resources for college or career training are in place to help you effectively pay for your postsecondary education. Here are a few helpful tips to get you started on your own financial resource scavenger hunt:
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