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STUDENT FINANCIAL RESOLUTIONS YOU CAN KEEP

Start now and you’ll thank us (and yourself) later. FINANCIAL TIPS Fill out the FAFSA every year by April 15. Complete the FAFSA before each new school year, regardless of your family’s financial status to see if you’re eligible to receive funds. The FAFSA helps you tap into federal, state and institutional grants and scholarships. Apply for scholarships and grants. Scholarships aren’t just for freshmen. Keep applying for scholarships for specific costs, such as study abroad, or for fellowship programs to cover the cost of unpaid internships. Check with your…

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3 TIPS FOR GETTING INTO GRAD SCHOOL

For many college students, graduation is a welcome relief from a four-year grind of tests and classes. But for others, graduate school awaits. And it’s for those students that we offer these tips: Look within. Why do you want to go to graduate school? Make sure you have a firm understanding of the pros and cons of pursuing an advanced degree, as well as the timing. In many fields, a master’s degree, doctorate or professional degree are absolute requirements. In other career sectors, you might want to consider working before…

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FAFSA – What is it?

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a form the federal government, states, colleges and other organizations use to award financial aid for college or grad school. The FASFA application asks questions about a student’s personal and familial financial circumstances in order to determine how much they can pay for college. This is not a short form. Be prepared to spend almost an hour to complete the form completely. The form is detailed, and mistakes can be costly. Avoid frustration by being prepared. Make sure to verify your FAFSA deadline and don’t…

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Free Online Skills Training Available To Hoosiers Through Rapid Recovery Initiative

New partnership with 180 Skills will enable 100,000 Hoosiers to quickly gain key workforce skills. A new partnership between the State of Indiana and 180 Skills will allow up to 100,000 Hoosiers to gain key workforce skills free of charge through an online library of courses. Individuals who enroll will have the opportunity to complete courses designed to improve general employability skills applicable across a range of job sectors or develop the foundational knowledge necessary to enter Indiana’s sizeable manufacturing industry. The 180 Skills partnership is part of Indiana’s “Rapid…

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The 2020-2021 FAFSA

It is time! The 2020–21 FAFSA form will be available beginning October 1, 2020 and even though the deadline is April 15, 2021, you should fill out your form as soon as possible on or after October 1. Head to the official government site, fafsa.gov today. DO NOT WAIT! Also, don’t forget to enter to win a $1,500 scholarship from Next Indiana.

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Apply to College Now: Part 4

Some schools require more than transcripts and test scores. You may need to write a personal essay or include some other writing or portfolio sample. So, our 4th tip is Know the Application Requirements. While you are on the Next Indiana website, don’t forget to check-out the 2020-21 issue of Next Indiana for more information on Career, College and Cost and DEFINITELY enter to win the $1,500 scholarship!

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Apply to College Now: Part 3

The 3rd step in our series is Get Organized. It’s hard to keep all the information about financial aid, programs, courses and housing about each school in your head. So, don’t. Instead, create a folder for each school you plan to apply to. In the folder, you can store admissions information and application materials to easily reference and compare. While you are on the Next Indiana website, don’t forget to check-out the 2020-21 issue of Next Indiana for more information on Career, College and Cost and DEFINITELY enter to win the $1,500 scholarship!

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Apply to College Now: Part 2

It is time to Take the SAT or ACT. Check with the colleges you plan to apply to for their policies regarding submission of test scores. And think about this: although an SAT or ACT score may be optional, strong scores could help your application, so taking either—or both—exams couldn’t hurt. Remember, too, that if you are a 21st Century Scholar, you must take either the SAT or ACT to claim that life-changing scholarship opportunity. Students who qualify for free or reduced lunch can also take the SAT and ACT for free. Ask…

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Apply to College Now: Part 1

Seniors—as a new school year begins, either virtually or back in the classrooms, there are many things that you need to do. One of the biggest is to apply to college. Even though the deadlines for your school of choice may be a few months away, you should begin your application sooner than later so you are ready to hit “send” when the time is right. Start here: Choose 3 – 6 or More Colleges to Apply to. You may have a favorite, but don’t limit yourself. Make a list of several…

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The Business of Sports

The IU Kelly School of Business is introducing a new program for business students looking to work in the sports field. Kelley’s Sports Industry Workshop, developed by IU professor Nathaniel Grow, who is a nationally recognized expert in the field of sports law, begins this fall. Read more about this story on Inside Indiana Business with Gerry Dick.

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WGU Offers Digital Access Scholarship

The pandemic has certainly changed the way many of us go to school and work these days. As schools begin to welcome students back, some of you may be looking for an online college. But what if you don’t have access to the internet or a computer? Western Governors University has created the Online Access Scholarship. This scholarship will cover the cost of installing and accessing the internet for qualifying students. The scholarship will also provide recipients with a refurbished laptop, complete with a webcam. Listen to an interview with WGU…

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Best College Value? Indiana has You Covered

As you begin your college search, you want to find quality schools that are also affordable. Money magazine weighed more than 20,000 data points, including tuition fees, family borrowing, and career earnings to compile and rank the country’s best colleges by value. Did you know that 20 of the “Best Colleges in America” are right here in Indiana? So, as you are putting together your list of colleges, Indiana is a great place to start! For a list of Indiana Colleges, visit our College Directory page. Interested in seeing more? Visit our College…

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Experience Europe Without Leaving Indiana

How is this possible you may ask? Is this a virtual tour? No, it is not. As you know from studying your Indiana history, our State was settled by many different immigrants. As they made Indiana their home and founded new cities, they named many of them after the European cities in their homeland. Visit Indiana has compiled a list of 10 stops for a perfect European Indiana road trip. Get out there and enjoy the journey.

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Online Learning

As we prepare for a new and MUCH different school year, online learning could still be the way most of you must attend classes. Check out the new issue of Next Indiana and see “What We Learned About Online Learning in 2020”. There are also 3 blogs with information of how to study from home, and how to stay motivated to do you schoolwork while remote learning.

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Mental Health

It is not easy being a teenager. It seems like everything about you and around you is changing. We all experience the confusion and awkwardness, but if what you or a friend are feeling seems overwhelming and begins to affect how you interact with your family and friends, maybe it is more than just teenage angst. “How Will I Know If Something’s Wrong?” is a great article in the new issue of Next Indiana. Make sure you, your family and friends know the warning signs and remember asking for, or offering, help is…

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Make a Difference!

Will you be 18 years old on or before November 3, 2020? This is our next General Election Day—the Presidential Election and you want to be ready. You can make sure your voice is heard and help make a difference by VOTING. In order to vote, you must be registered by October 5, 2020. You can register to vote at IndianaVoters.com. You will need a valid Indiana Driver’s License Number or Indiana State Identification Number. If you do not have either of these, you can download and print the Indiana Voter Registration…

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Contractions, Plurals, and Possessives

What do all three of these things have in common? The multi-talented apostrophe, of course. That little, superscript mark is a powerful piece of punctuation. It allows us to combine words by indicating the missing letters. It can make singular nouns plural. And, by adding the simple apostrophe plus an “s,” it converts singular nouns into possessives whether the singular noun ends in “s” or not. Now, there are grammar rules attached to all three of these uses, but it appears that we are in the middle of an apostrophe revolt.…

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What’s Your Next Step?

Ever heard of the adjacent possible theory? According to Steven Johnson, author of Where Good Ideas Come From, “The adjacent possible is a kind of shadow future, hovering on the edges of the present state of things, a map of all the ways in which the present can reinvent itself.” Adjacent possible was first introduced by Stuart Kauffman in 2002. Kauffman’s theory proposes that biological systems are able to morph into more complex systems by making incremental, relatively less energy consuming changes in their make up. Basically, taking small steps. That all sounds very…

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Take Note

Are you a good note taker? I was not. I am much better now. I probably would have done better in school, had I known how to take notes. Here are four ways to take notes and the reasons they are or are not effective. Perhaps most important though is what to take notes of. If these don’t work for you, check out College Info Geek’s How to Take Better Notes, and be ready for the new semester.

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