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4 tips on writing a college application essay

Prospective college students dread the essay portion of college admissions. But it’s important to show colleges what kind of person you are and what’s important to you.

What do you plan to say in your college essay? (Credit: Socrato.com)

What do you plan to say in your college essay? (Credit: Socrato.com)

If your essay is exceptional, it will help you stand out from all the other applicants. Here are some tips on how to write your college application essay. Read more

Changes to FAFSA 2017-18: Here’s what you need to know

If you are like most college students, you have some student aid to help you pay for your higher education. FAFSA, aka the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, has undergone some changes this year.

Be sure you know about the new FAFSA changes. (Credit: NCSA)

Be sure you know about the new FAFSA changes. (Credit: NCSA)

I’ve got the fast facts to help you with all the things you need to know so your college expenses get covered. Read more

More college students moving from community college to four-year college

If you think that attending a four-year college is the one and only way you can obtain a college degree, then we need to have a talk. According to a report issued by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center in 2015, more than 45 percent of college students have logged some time at a community college before concluding their four-year college degree.

More students are starting at community college and transferring to four-year colleges. (Credit: U.S. News)

More students are starting at community college and transferring to four-year colleges. (Credit: U.S. News)

Read on for tips on how to transfer and to determine if switching schools is the right choice for you. Read more

Get ready to apply for the FAFSA

It’s that time of year again–your free application for federal student aid (FAFSA) can be filed. It seems earlier than before, right? That’s because this year, there’s an earlier filing date for the FAFSA: the application window opened October 1st. Don’t worry, the application deadline is still way off, but it’s a good thing to check on, because there are FAFSA deadlines at the federal, state, and even college level. (Colleges are being encouraged to set the deadline no earlier than February.)

Time to begin applying for the FAFSA. (Credit: PTC.edu)

Time to begin applying for the FAFSA. (Credit: PTC.edu)

I know it can be a hassle to apply for federal aid–I needed it for all four years of undergrad–but with some of the new tools, including the handy IRS Data Retrieval tool, the whole process is getting easier. Read more

Foreign affairs and geography facts: What do college students know?

Today’s world is more interconnected than ever, meaning that current events have much more of an impact on our day-to-day lives. A recent National Geographic survey, however, found that college students might need a bit of help in the areas of geography and foreign affairs.

How well do you know world geography? (Credit: The Telegraph)

How well do you know world geography? (Credit: The Telegraph)

I know it can seem like an impossible task to keep up with everything that is going on in the world, but read on for the things you need to know to improve your global literacy. Read more

New college rankings—How do we determine who is the best?

Everyone wants to be number one—institutions of higher education are not exempt from this. But figuring out who is the best can be a tricky proposition.

How much do college rankings matter? (Credit: American Observer)

How much do college rankings matter? (Credit: American Observer)

The latest college rankings have just been revealed, but what do they really say about which are the best colleges and what we value in education? Read more

Want an alternative to college? Here are 3 ideas!

While many high school students go directly into college after graduating, others take a unique path as an alternative to college. I wish I had taken a year off so I could earn money and mature a little—fourteen years in a row of school gets mentally tiring!

Have you considered an alternative to college? (Credit: New York Post/Shutterstock)

Have you considered an alternative to college? (Credit: New York Post/Shutterstock)

Here are some alternative ideas: take a two-year program, such as an associate in science or associate of arts degree; get IT certification (for example, Microsoft offers its MCP certification); or take a gap year between high school and college to gain experience or work before enjoying college life. Read more

Affirmative action programs upheld in college admissions

Some people have argued that in the twenty-first century, there should be no more need for affirmative action programs based on race or racial quotas in college admission decisions.

Find out how affirmative action affects college admissions. (Credit: Jose Luis Magaua/Reuters)

Find out how affirmative action affects college admissions. (Credit: Jose Luis Magaua/Reuters)

Others argue that racism is still prevalent in America and that affirmative action is unfortunately still a necessity as minorities continue to be discriminated against when it comes to admission to college. The Supreme Court ruling in Fisher v. University of Texas decided that colleges can use race in admitting college students. Read more

Career opportunities for an art degree

Some students think (and some parents fear) that getting an art degree means that you’ll spend your life trying to sell paintings or drawings on the sidewalk and live the stereotypical life of a “starving artist.”

Find out which jobs you can have that utilize your art degree. (Credit: Student World Online)

Find out which jobs you can have that utilize your art degree. (Credit: Student World Online)

In actuality, college students contemplating a bachelor of fine arts, or BFA, degree have far more career opportunities open to them than just being an art teacher or illustrator. An art education incorporates many skills and opens graduates up to a varied and fulfilling career. Read more