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College & Career Training in Alaska

06May

Where is it?

In a locker, in a desk?  Maybe my car?  Or backpack? Where did I leave the information for that  scholarship?  Who was I supposed to call back?  When is my scholarship application due?

It’s the end of the school year, there is a lot going on.  How will I keep it all straight?

You could create a spreadsheet to keep all of your scholarship and school applications and requirements in columns and cells.  But that’s working harder than you need to.  With so many things happening at the end of the school year, focus tends to go to what is happening now.  You have good intentions, you know you have people you need to contact, you are aware of the messages and mail coming in reminding you about acceptances and choices. 

The Application Tracker in the Alaska Career Information System (AKCIS) is just waiting to be your personal assistant. 

  1. Entrance Exams – when did you take them, what were your scores
  2. Scholarships – After you use the AKCIS Scholarship Sort to filter through over 3,000 scholarships and grants, add those you are interested in directly to your Application Tracker.  Keeping track of the website, deadline for applications, application status, award amount, and notes about whether it is renewable next year and who is your contact is a cinch.
  3. Schools –While you are comparing schools from a list of state and national schools and training facilities, narrowed down by AKCIS’ School Sort, keep track of your list of possible schools and campuses in the Application Tracker.  There are so many requirements: application, interview, housing, transcripts.  Each piece has its own place in each record.

Was it due on the 15th?  I finished my rough draft.  I need to include that school on my FAFSA.

A quick check to your Application Tracker will keep your plans moving.

For more information about other features in AKCIS, see How to Eat an Elephant: Tackling Financial Aid with AKCIS.

If you need any assistance with navigating AKCIS and/or developing a plan for your postsecondary endeavors, contact the ACPE Success Center for free assistance!

About the Author

Julia Renfro

Julia Renfro

AKCIS Partnership Coordinator

 

A military BRAT turned military spouse, Julia likes traveling and meeting new people. Using Personal Learning & Career Plans (PLCPs), she works with students and families to plan futures that will help them enjoy life and their communities.

 

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