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Visit Indiana INTERNnet to Learn About EARN Indiana

More than 260,000 students are EARN Indiana eligible, meaning an employer can receive funds in exchange for hiring qualifying students. In order to be EARN Indiana eligible, students must: Be an Indiana resident Not have a bachelor’s degree prior to the term a student plans to work Be enrolled full time at an eligible Indiana college or university and have an Expected Family Contribution (as determined by the FAFSA from the current academic year) less than or equal to $24,428 OR Be enrolled part time at an eligible Indiana college…

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Keep an Eye on Your College Money and Financial Future

If you’re a student, whether you’re earning a little extra cash with a part-time job or paying your own way through life and college, it’s probably on your mind—a lot, perhaps, if you’re thinking about graduation and career options. You can do three things now to make your financial future more secure: 1. Stay on track with 30 to Finish. Taking 30 credits per year is the best way to graduate on time and within budget. The Indiana Commission on Higher Education estimates that every additional year students spend in…

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Mistakes and Money Management

What are some of the common mistakes college students make with money? Michelle L. Ashcraft, director of Purdue Promise Student Success Programs, sees some common financial aid fouls among students: Missing the institution’s and/or state’s FAFSA filing deadline. Neglecting to sign up for direct deposit, if available. Financial aid checks can be mailed to wrong addresses if they are not updated, stolen from mailboxes, or deposited into family member’s accounts. Spending financial aid refunds meant for housing, food, and books on furnishing apartments or decorating residence hall rooms. Not having…

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21st Century Scholar Started Small, Finishing Big (And Debt Free)

When Henry Steckler graduated from Southridge High School in Huntingburg, Indiana, he was unsure about his next move. He had spent four years of high school preparing to go to Purdue and study engineering, participating in Project Lead the Way’s Gateway to Engineering, and Rube Goldberg competitions. “I really liked the design side of things, being the person behind the scenes who makes everything go,” Steckler said. When he was accepted to Purdue, but not to his first choice of the College of Engineering, his career goals seemed in jeopardy.…

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Keep Control of College Costs

Need to do college on a budget? Zoe Nash of Indianapolis graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington in 2018 with money in the bank, even after a semester studying abroad and having an active social life. How she did it: Work. “My parents paid for my room and board when I lived on campus, and when I moved off campus, my rent and utilities, which was really nice. But since I was 16, I have worked—mostly babysitting—and saved all my money, because any money I wanted to spend, I had…

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