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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
The Alaska College & Career Advising Consortium (ACAC) Training

The Alaska College & Career Advising Consortium (ACAC) Training

HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT THE ALASKA COLLEGE & CAREER ADVISING CONSORTIUM?Every fall, the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education (ACPE) invites representatives from Alaska’s educational institutions...

The Alaska College & Career Advising Consortium (ACAC) Training
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?
Strengthening Employability Skills in 2020

Strengthening Employability Skills in 2020

Chances are you are doing things differently now than you did at the beginning of 2020. You may have been in an in-person classroom for some of the time, but we have all added a virtual component to ...

Strengthening Employability Skills in 2020
Virtual Learning: How Do We Prepare Elementary Students for Success in a Digital World?

Virtual Learning: How Do We Prepare Elementary Students for Success in a Digital World?

As so many of us feel overwhelmed by new learning formats and uncertainties about where and how students can learn best and thrive, it’s sometimes tricky to flip the coin and realize the benefits lin...

Virtual Learning: How Do We Prepare Elementary Students for Success in a Digital World?
Numbers and Logins all College/Training Students Need to Know by Heart

Numbers and Logins all College/Training Students Need to Know by Heart

So, you mastered pi to the 100th, the Pythagorean Theorem, and the Slope formula. Congratulations! You’re doing great so far and the world has high hopes for you. However, if you’re college or train...

Numbers and Logins all College/Training Students Need to Know by Heart
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?
ACPE’s Success Center New Appointment Scheduling System is Now Live!

ACPE’s Success Center New Appointment Scheduling System is Now Live!

ACPE’s Success Center Team is happy to announce that we have launched a new online appointment scheduling system. Found on the ACPE Success Center page, students and families can schedule either a Z...

ACPE’s Success Center New Appointment Scheduling System is Now Live!
Where does my Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend go on my FAFSA?

Where does my Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend go on my FAFSA?

As we are about to descend upon FAFSA season, a question commonly asked is where does your Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend(PFD) go on your FAFSA? Well, it all depends if you filed taxes or not, and wh...

Where does my Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend go on my FAFSA?
College & Career Fairs - How to Prepare

College & Career Fairs - How to Prepare

The aroma of pumpkin spice is in the air. It is after all, the month of October. For juniors and seniors in high school this means—it’s College & Career Fair season. However, this year, most of the ...

College & Career Fairs - How to Prepare
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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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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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 throughout your college life but a few key people to keep in mind as you start your journey include the following:
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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 worry, its routine.  Verification is to ensure that the information is accurate, because people are human and mistakes can happen.  Simply putting down the wrong birthday, social security number, or putting tax information in the wrong box can make it difficult for financial aid offices to give you ...
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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. You may recall a previous blog called Net Cost: Beyond the Sticker Price in Schools, where we covered the basics of COA. However, things may have changed a bit since you filed your FAFSA. Three things to review are the following:
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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 most of your time and to prepare from your region and from your home.
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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 your postsecondary education plans. A lot is in the air, and one option I hear in the news and with my colleagues is deferring your enrollment. I am hoping that this blog post helps you explore some of your deferment options.
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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 option for you? I am sure some of you have figured out that there is more to it than staying in our pajamas all day (or any other stereotype people can think of). Let’s look at some quick pros and cons to online education:
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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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