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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
Have you read about registered apprenticeship programs and thought it could be the right education/career pathway for you, but aren’t sure if you have enough skills to be successful in it? Have you wondered if an occupation you’ve set your sights on and want to pursue as a registered apprentice will be the right fit for you? If you’ve answered yes, the solution to these dilemmas/challenges may be a pre-apprenticeship program, and here are the reasons why.
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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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For students who haven’t decided on where to pursue their education next, it may be a bit challenging as many students are home right now as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic. While it is unknown at this time when life will return back to “normal,” there are still opportunities out there to help you make informed decisions about your next steps. Many institutions and trade schools are increasing their virtual presence to showcase what they have to offer. They can come in many forms, but wh...
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It’s your senior year in high school and all your friends are talking about what they are going to do next. Some of them will be attending college or trade schools right after high school; however, you may feel that you’re not quite ready to do that just yet.
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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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If you’re considering career training (a vocational program or a registered apprenticeship program), or if you’re thinking about starting a new career, or shifting jobs in your current field, WorkKeys can be a requirement. Here’s the scoop to turn you into a WorkKeys expert.
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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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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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