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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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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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My sister, who is 30 years old and a mother of two, decided to go back to college to finish her degree in Human Resources – Yay, sister! After the excitement subsided, the reality of life sunk in and it came time to review resources available to assist her with the college journey. First, we talked about financial aid options, and then we went over admissions. After all that, she had questions about other resources that could assist with childcare. That made me think, every postsecondary stud...
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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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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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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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As student loan borrowers we now have the option to refinance our student loans to try to save money, or to lower our monthly bill, or to get away from raising interest rates from a variable rate loan, or to switch lenders – no matter the reason, we student loan borrowers now have options. Here is what you should know about student loan refinancing.
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Three basic and simple ways that you can save money while going to school. Even though these tips may seem easy - you can save from a little to huge amounts of money that could make significant differences in your financial success.
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What will your lifestyle look like when you finish postsecondary education and training? Will you be living in a house or apartment, eating out every night, riding a bike, going on vacations around the world? Your plans now will affect the choices available later. It’s hard to plan without really mapping out what you want your life to look like. Use the Reality Check budgeting assessment to see if your education plans meet the lifestyle you have in mind.
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We don’t have a cute animal to tell you this – but a few minutes of research really makes a difference when it comes to choosing the right student loan. Half of Alaska Student Loan Borrowers Pay Too Much - here is the info you need to not get tricked into paying too much.
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