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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
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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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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