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Reminder: Additional COVID-19 Relief Options for Alaska Student Loan Borrowers

Reminder: Additional COVID-19 Relief Options for Alaska Student Loan Borrowers

In this unprecedented environment, one of the primary concerns for the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education is ensuring meaningful relief is available for state student loan borrowers impacted...

Reminder: Additional COVID-19 Relief Options for Alaska Student Loan Borrowers
FAFSA Season is Upon Us!

FAFSA Season is Upon Us!

October 1st is the first day that you will be able to complete your 2021-2022 FAFSA. Whether you are currently a senior in high school or a student who has more years of postsecondary education ahead...

FAFSA Season is Upon Us!
Benefits of Staying in Alaska

Benefits of Staying in Alaska

When looking for college or career training options, there’s nothing bad about going out of state but there are great benefits to staying in state – specifically in Alaska. Below are a few I’ve lis...

Benefits of Staying in Alaska
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!
4 Easy Steps to Planning the Perfect School Schedule

4 Easy Steps to Planning the Perfect School Schedule

Before you can attend any classes, you have to schedule them. Here are some tips to maximizing your time at school.RequirementsAs you have probably read in the ACPE Blog 6 People to Know on Campus , ...

4 Easy Steps to Planning the Perfect School Schedule
Financial Aid Disbursement: Where’s My Money?

Financial Aid Disbursement: Where’s My Money?

The start of yet another college/training school year is upon us. If you’re one of the many students who have completed your Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA) and are anxiously waiti...

Financial Aid Disbursement: Where’s My Money?
The Master Promissory Note and Entrance Loan Counseling: Don't Delay your Federal Student Aid!

The Master Promissory Note and Entrance Loan Counseling: Don't Delay your Federal Student Aid!

One of the most common questions I hear at financial aid offices is, “have you completed your FAFSA?” Most students, this time of year, have. However, there may be other requirements that you need ...

The Master Promissory Note and Entrance Loan Counseling: Don't Delay your Federal Student Aid!
Resources for the Fall Semester

Resources for the Fall Semester

Navigating your path to postsecondary education can be confusing and challenging under ordinary circumstances. Many can agree that nothing about our current circumstances is ordinary. There have been ...

Resources for the Fall Semester
Freezing the Effects of “Summer Melt” During COVID-19

Freezing the Effects of “Summer Melt” During COVID-19

Personal Learning & Career Plans (PLCPs) – I help administrators discover how they can support teachers and counselors work with students to create their PLCPs. Sharing career awareness and explorat...

Freezing the Effects of “Summer Melt” During COVID-19
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Before you can attend any classes, you have to schedule them. Here are some tips to maximizing your time at school. Requirements As you have probably read in the ACPE Blog 6 People to Know on Campus , your academic advisor is the first person you should know on campus. Your academic advisor can help you create your plan for your education and training by focusing on your goals. Your advisor can help you choose your program of study and schedule your classes while keeping program and cou...
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Personal Learning & Career Plans (PLCPs) – I help administrators discover how they can support teachers and counselors work with students to create their PLCPs. Sharing career awareness and exploration activities, college and career training opportunities, financial aid information, and resumes. Let’s face it – I talk about these things a LOT!
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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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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 something to seriously think about, especially when life happens. Did you know that more than half of people who start a college or training program do not finish? If you fall into that category, or know someone who does, we encourage you to try again. Here’s why:
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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 finishing? Are you balancing your work life and home life well? Are you looking to move from a job to a career? Maybe you are looking for a promotion, or you’re looking to provide an example of life-long learning to your kids. Not sure where to start or how to make the right decisions for you? A...
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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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You think you know what type of job you're interested in, and you may have even researched the type of training/education you’ll need to be able to get that job, but have you considered the earning potential? Before you invest time and money preparing for a specific occupation it’s smart to find out what the future earning potential of that occupation might be. Here are 3 tools to help you find the earning potential of occupations you may be interested in.
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Do you know someone who makes $500 per hour? That could happen with a scholarship application. It is worth the time it takes to pay close attention to the application instructions, the details of the application form itself, and the supporting documents required for the scholarship. Here are some tips to help you stand out in a stack of scholarship applications.
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How are you preparing for you the workforce? What are your resources? Who is in your network?
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