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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
A training center offers a variety of ways to continue your education and training – you can take one course or enroll in a more comprehensive training program that can lead to a certification or build skills for a specific occupation. Below are answers to general questions about training centers:
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When it comes to planning, having a checklist can be very helpful – you can plan accordingly and the probability of you forgetting important deadlines or paperwork decreases drastically. To help you with your career & technical enrollment, we created a checklist to assist you:
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We asked several college graduates what they wish they knew before going to college and they said the following:
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Representatives from Alaska agencies, institutions, school districts, industries, businesses, and Alaska Native organizations will meet in Anchorage on February 27–28, 2020 at the Marriott Anchorage Downtown Hotel for the 6th Annual Alaska CAN! Conference. The theme of the Conference is Educational Equity, with a focus to unite cross-sector professionals and address the relevant issue of educational equity as it pertains to Alaska’s attainment goal of 65% by 2025. Conference outcomes will incl...
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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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Not everyone has a desire to be college bound during their senior year. Instead, they may be focused on career and technical education (CTE) training options to start their career and enter into the workforce. Just like college, there can be costs associated with getting an education. Thankfully, the Alaska Performance Scholarship can be used at CTE Institutions and Training Centers.
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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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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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How are you preparing for you the workforce? What are your resources? Who is in your network?
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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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