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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
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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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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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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