Building your College Resume

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Extra-Curricular Activities and Volunteering Volunteering is important during your high school years.Schools are looking for well-rounded students. That being said, your high school years should be filled with activities you have an interest in and enjoy; incorporating activities into your academic schedule while growing and sharing experiences with your classmates and community. Having various extracurricular activities provide insight into the …

Work/School Balance

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Many college students have jobs. Working is a great way for students to develop skills and experience needed for the real world. Here are few tips on finding a job in college and maintaining a balance with your studies. Look for a job on campus. Search online job boards, check out the career center or look on bulletin boards throughout …

Getting to Know Your Professors

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Think back to when you really wanted to get into your top college and were considering teachers in high school to write a letter of recommendation for you, now fast forward four years and you really want to get a job or internship that relates to your major. A good letter of recommendation from a college professor can be a huge benefit in achieving your goals.

Getting the most out of your college experience.

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Big campus, small campus, and everything in between becoming a part of the college community is imperative. Many times students stop talking about their goals once they get into college; goal setting shouldn’t end once you have been accepted. Yes, being accepted into college is a big deal, and spending most of your young adult life preparing for this big …

The College Visit

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By Lighthouse Counselor Sean J. Murphy Every summer and spring thousands of soon to be seniors venture out with their families to begin touring colleges and universities across the country. These trips are meant to be fun and educational, yet at times can seem to bring out fear and anxiety in at least one of the participants on the trip. …

Financial Aid Award Letters

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By Lighthouse Counselor Brooke Nowak – M.A. Financial Aid Award Letters: After a college accepts you, you’ll receive a letter that outlines how much the school will cost and what kind of financial aid package you’ll receive — including federal, state, and school sources. There’s no standard format for schools’ award letters, but they contain the same overall information. Here …

College Financial-Aid Offers: What Families Need to Know

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By Veronica Dagher As students’ college-acceptance letters arrive, their financial-aid award letters usually aren’t far behind. The letters detail the financial assistance each school is offering. However, not every school uses the same format, which often makes the award letters difficult to understand and compare. Here are seven common award-letter mistakes and advice from financial-aid experts on how to avoid …

Survey: Most College Students “financially illiterate”

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Group finds widespread cluelessness when it comes to debt and credit By Mark Huffman Colleges are full of smart people. But when it comes to managing debt, there appears to be a huge knowledge gap at our institutions of higher learning. A couple of months ago a student loan site, LendEdu.com, visited a few California colleges and asked students a …

A new way, REPAYE, to get out of college debt

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by Erin E. Arvedlund There’s yet another way to pay back student loans without going broke. It’s called REPAYE. In December, the Department of Education launched its eighth college-loan repayment program, dubbed the Revised Pay As You Earn Plan. “Helping student borrowers manage repayments so that loan debt is not a deterrent for pursuing higher education has been a central …

College savings plans to lobby for unlimited investment changes

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By Liz Skinner The college savings community is pushing Congress to tweak the 20-year-old legislation that created tax-advantaged 529 plans, to allow for unlimited investment changes. Today account holders can make only two investment adjustments a year to the accounts, which allow investors to accumulate funds that can be tapped for college expenses without owing federal or state taxes on …