Completing Your FAFSA – Step by Step


Written by: Sarah Miller for Student Choice

Do you have a “Getting Ready for College” checklist?

Which items do you have left to cross off? Filling out your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) should be at the top of that list! No one likes filling out forms and applications, but everyone likes FREE MONEY and that’s what the FAFSA can get you. Completing…

How to Choose the Right College

college tuition payment plansWritten by: Janet Barger of Student Choice

Statistics show getting training after high school will help you get a better paying job doing work you like. Going to school is also a big investment – you are investing your time and investing your own money or taking out a student loan to go to school.

Whether you want to go to a university, technical…

College Homesickness – Ten Tricks to Beat the Blues

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Written by: Dustin Limburg of Student Choice

Embarrassing as it might seem, homesickness is very common. Yes, I’ll admit it, when I went off to school for the first time, I too got homesick (and no that’s not me in the picture). In fact, there were many times over my five years of college (yes, I said five, that’s another article) that I…

How to Shred the Freshman Fifteen – Better Yet, Don’t Gain it!

shred the freshman 15.Written by: Tracie McGetrick of Student Choice

Let’s face it, if you ever had to lose weight before you know that doing the right things so you don’t gain weight in the first place is a lot easier than having to do the right things after to lose it.  And, since it is only mid-October, I’m hoping you haven’t already…

How to Get a Great College Scholarship or Job Reference

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In today’s competitive college admissions scholarship awarding environment, how do you stand out?  How do you make an impression? One of the ways to set yourself apart when applying for admission, scholarships or grants (see my scholarship/grant article), or jobs (see Sharon’s jobs article), is to…

Study Abroad During College with the Help of Financial Aid

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Written by: Steve Wynne of Student Choice

An Intro to Study Abroad

Imagine this.

You are in a large room in the British Library translating one of only four surviving texts of the Magna Carta 1215 – alone – when you find the first recorded use of the term “freeman.”

Or, you’re startled to the point of speechlessness when seeing “Dachau” as a train station in…

How to Write a Great College Scholarship Essay

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Written by: Janet Barger of Student Choice

As colleges start for the year, I continue to get questions about getting last minute financial assistance and planning ahead for next year. Many students and parents have found that this year was more difficult…

Working During College – Some Part-time Jobs are Just Better than Others

Working during college - some part time jobs are better than othersWritten by: Sharon Newkirk of Student Choice

Congratulations, you made it!  Are you ready to go off to school yet?  Run through the list:

  • Financial aid reviewed and accepted – check
  • Classes selected – check
  • Tuition covered – check
  • Living arrangements handled – check
  • Packed and repacked – check
  • You may also want to check out these handy checklists

College is a Business – What You Should Know and Why

College is a businessWritten by: Steve Wynne of Student Choice

The more you know about the business of the college you are considering or attending, the better off you will be.

Thinking about going to college? Beginning the college application process? Entering your sophomore year? It may surprise you that the college or university you are interested in or attending is actually a business. A big business.