3 COSTLY FINANCIAL MISTAKES AND SMARTER SOLUTIONS

Your college degree is the best investment you can make for your future. But costly mistakes can undermine your best efforts. Here’s what to avoid and some thoughts on a better approach: Mistake: Taking forever to finish your college degree. The Indiana Commission for Higher Education estimates that every additional year students spend in college… Continue reading 3 COSTLY FINANCIAL MISTAKES AND SMARTER SOLUTIONS

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TIPS FROM FINANCIAL EXPERTS

“Don’t give into the comparisons and try to one up your classmate. You will thank yourself over and over in the years to come for making smart decisions early on. You will not remember that handbag you “had” to have or that drive-thru meal for the fourth time that week. What you will love in… Continue reading TIPS FROM FINANCIAL EXPERTS

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Sticking with 21st Century Scholars Program Impacts a Life—and a Family

James Yates signed up for the 21st Century Scholars program as a seventh grader in South Bend, never realizing what an impact it would have on his future. His mother Angela, a single parent, worked several jobs to support him and his three siblings. And while he knew that she wouldn’t financially be able to… Continue reading Sticking with 21st Century Scholars Program Impacts a Life—and a Family

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You Could Be Next!

2018 GRAD Scholarship winner Allison Crick double majored in accounting and marketing at ISU, where she was a President’s Scholar in the Networks Professional Development Program. While at ISU, she interned at The Cricket Box Furniture Store, LWH Accounting Firm, and Charles Schwab. As a research assistant, she had her first accepted publication with the… Continue reading You Could Be Next!

Pete the Planner Talks About Paying for College

IBJ personal finance columnist Peter Dunn talks with podcast host Mason King about three key components of paying for college: saving in advance, paying some expenses in the moment and preparing your kids to make good choices. All three take planning, Dunn says. And that last one takes some tough and ongoing conversations about choosing… Continue reading Pete the Planner Talks About Paying for College

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… Continue reading Mistakes and Money Management

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

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Perfect Your Essay

A written essay for a scholarship application is your chance to shine. You might be asked to write about your background, or an example of overcoming adversity, or about a person or event that shaped your life. Pick one of these prompts to write 250 words, and you’ll have the basis for a scholarship essay—no… Continue reading Perfect Your Essay

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Financial Aid Facts

Thinking about college? You’ve got a lot to consider, including where to go, what to study and, of course, how to pay for it. Get the facts: All seniors should complete the FAFSA. Even if you are not sure if you are going to college, or don’t think you will get financial aid, file online… Continue reading Financial Aid Facts

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3 Secrets to getting rich

A new job and steady paycheck often create the temptation for recent graduates to spend more than they earn. Kate Arndt, a financial planning coordinator at Bedel Financial Consulting, Inc., in Indianapolis, suggests three ways to get a head start on staying out of debt, managing expenses and saving for the future. Arndt is a… Continue reading 3 Secrets to getting rich

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Meet Julian Luna

Senior at Indiana University, majoring in elementary education with ESL license addition Hometown: Elkhart, IN     Julian Luna has a mission. He wants to help first-generation college students like himself succeed. He plans to be a teacher, and aims to eventually start his own bilingual language immersion elementary school. Financing an education: Luna discovered… Continue reading Meet Julian Luna

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