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Financial Aid Disbursements - What You Need to Know!

Financial Aid Disbursements - What You Need to Know!

The start of yet another college/training school year is upon us.

Financial Aid Disbursements - What You Need to Know!
What's Next? Preparing Now for the Fall Semester of College/Training

What's Next? Preparing Now for the Fall Semester of College/Training

As you enjoy the final weeks of summer, make sure to prepare for your transition to college or training - whether you're returning or starting for the first time.

What's Next? Preparing Now for the Fall Semester of College/Training
You May be Eligible for the Alaska Performance Scholarship or Alaska Education Grant-- Here's How to Find Out!

You May be Eligible for the Alaska Performance Scholarship or Alaska Education Grant-- Here's How to Find Out!

You may have heard that test scores to qualify for the Alaska Performance Scholarship (APS) have been waved for the class of 2021 due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. This means that more Alaska students ...

You May be Eligible for the Alaska Performance Scholarship or Alaska Education Grant-- Here's How to Find Out!
Federal Work-Study Opportunities

Federal Work-Study Opportunities

If you’re college bound, or already in college, you know that you can always use a little extra money, whether it’s to buy groceries or to help pay your tuition bill. One of the best ways to earn it...

Federal Work-Study Opportunities
FAFSA Completion – The Time Is Now!

FAFSA Completion – The Time Is Now!

It's time to complete your FAFSA - learn how ACPE is here to help you through each step of the process.

FAFSA Completion – The Time Is Now!
Student Loans- Choose Wisely

Student Loans- Choose Wisely

There’s no doubt that higher education or training pays off. In study after study it is estimated that a person with a bachelor’s degree will make more than 1 million dollars, in lifetime earnings, ...

Student Loans- Choose Wisely
What are Financial Aid Award letters?

What are Financial Aid Award letters?

Admissions application – check. FAFSA complete – check. Got my financial aid award letter – what is that?

What are Financial Aid Award letters?
Why is the FAFSA Important?

Why is the FAFSA Important?

There are many myths surrounding the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form (the FAFSA), which may effectively discourage individuals from applying. One of the most common myths is that “My pa...

Why is the FAFSA Important?
College and Career Training Enrollment: Important Deadlines

College and Career Training Enrollment: Important Deadlines

Lots of students become very ambitious when taking courses. In high school, taking six or seven classes each semester is the norm, however, that is not the norm in college. Some students may become ...

College and Career Training Enrollment: Important Deadlines
One Big Reason to Make Loan Payments In School: Why pay when you don’t have to? To save money!

One Big Reason to Make Loan Payments In School: Why pay when you don’t have to? To save money!

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.

One Big Reason to Make Loan Payments In School: Why pay when you don’t have to? To save money!
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The Success Center offers free resources to all Alaska postsecondary students and their families. For those unfamiliar with the Success Center, we’d like to share with you about our services.
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While looking up the Cost of Attendance at any given school, you will find it made up of direct costs (tuition, books, fees) and indirect costs (housing, food, transportation). It is spelled out pretty simple, but sometimes life isn’t that simple, and the ability to pay for an education could be challenging. We recommend that you complete your FAFSA, apply for scholarships, and talk to your financial aid office to find as many options as you can. Additionally, there may be some local resourc...
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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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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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The price of colleges can seem a bit daunting, and some families spend years preparing to pay for college. Of course, cost is something to consider when choosing a school. But if you see an expensive price tag for a university and think you can’t afford it, don’t be intimidated just yet. In your journey to obtain a college degree, the first thing you’ll probably see is the schools’ published Cost of Attendance (COA), or as some may call it – the ‘Sticker Price’. But what really matters ...
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It’s no secret that going to college today costs more money than it did 10 years ago. If you’re a parent who has already started saving for your student’s college –congratulations! If not, one option to consider is a 529 College Savings Plan. A 529 College Saving Plan is a tax-advantaged investment account that allows you to save for future college costs. It’s usually offered by a state or educational institution.
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In the hierarchy of financial aid, you should always seek gift-aid first before taking out a student loan, but the cost of attendance can often exceed the amount of gift-aid – if that is the case, student loans are a viable option. When looking at your loan options, make sure to research the interest rates, repayment logistics, and always read the fine print (usually located in the promissory note). To help you navigate through the realm of student loans, we listed a few myths below:
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If you’re college bound, or already in college, you know that you can always use a little extra money, whether it’s to buy groceries or to help pay your tuition bill. One of the best ways to earn it is to take advantage of Federal Work-Study.
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A financial aid award letter is a letter from a college or career-training program that explains the breakdown of costs of attendance as well as any financial aid you receive. In order to receive a financial award letter, most institutions require you submit an admissions application and complete the FAFSA (with the school(s) listed on the FAFSA). The financial aid office will use the information from your Student Aid Report once you complete and submit your FAFSA, and use the Expected Family C...
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Whenever we assist students with financial aid (especially when the student is considering student loans), we make sure the student is aware of the logistics – the what/why/where. A topic that comes up often (especially when we work with students whom are in the last stages of their program) is aggregate [student] loan limits. Below is a quick breakdown of aggregate loan limits:
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