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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
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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Whenever we assist students with financial aid (especially when the student is considering student loans), we make sure the student is aware of the logistics – the what/why/where. A topic that comes up often (especially when we work with students whom are in the last stages of their program) is aggregate [student] loan limits. Below is a quick breakdown of aggregate loan limits:
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Many of our blogs are focused on individuals who seek to improve themselves through colleges and career-training programs. However, there are several different avenues available to assist with self-growth and self-learning – the various Corps! Let’s explore a quick snap shot of each Corp and what they offer:
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Apply Now Alaska is an Alaskan Chapter of the American College Application Campaign – a nationwide effort to increase the number of low-income and first-generation students applying to postsecondary institutions. The primary focus of this initiative is to help high school seniors navigate the complex application and admissions process, and to ensure that they apply to at least one college/university, trade/vocational/career training school, or a registered apprenticeship program. High schools d...
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One of the many challenges of rural Alaska is the lack of qualified health professionals. Many residents need to travel hundreds of miles with various modes of transportation to receive needed care. The mission of AHEC Scholars is to send students to communities across the state to introduce them to the places that need their expertise the most and prepare them for the realities of their career path. The Alaska AHEC addresses its mission by working in the following areas:
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Congratulations, it’s your senior year of high school and you’ve got a list of your top college/training choices, but your list is still 10 colleges long— WOWZA! Before you become overwhelmed with a barrage of emails and correspondence from college recruiters, now is a good time to start narrowing your choices down to your top three, if not your number one choice. This will allow you time to finalizing the admissions process with room to enjoy your last year in high school. Below are some tip...
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When I was a high school senior, I had no idea what to write on scholarship applications. I grew up in Dillingham, a fishing community in Southwest Alaska. I’d gone to school for most of my life. I babysat kids. I had a driver’s license. Do you find any of that particularly compelling? No, you probably don’t because it is all pretty boring. I didn’t think there was anything super interesting about my life either, but I knew that I needed scholarships to go to college unless my parents discov...
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Filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can be daunting – especially if it’s your first time completing the FAFSA. However, fear not, there are free FAFSA completion assistance events offered year-round.
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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 who filed them.
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