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New York becomes the first state to offer free college tuition to residents.

Retrieved from NY Post

New York’s Governor Cuomo’s Excelsior Scholarship provides free in-state tuition for students from families with adjusted gross incomes of $125,000 or less. It is the first program of its kind in the country to fully subsidize tuition at both four-year and community colleges.

Students must maintain a minimum grade-point average to qualify.

Cuomo is expected to tout the program at a bill-signing ceremony Wednesday at La Guardia Community College in Queens.

Lawmakers also approved a new tuition assistance program for students at private colleges that offers up to $3,000 in tuition grants. That assistance, too, comes with a requirement that a student remain in New York after graduation.

Students who receive free tuition and then leave the state for an advanced degree won’t have to pay the money back, assuming they return to New York once they complete their graduate studies. State officials also plan to make accommodations for graduates who leave the state for military service.

Under a provision that was added to the tuition bill at the last moment, students who get a free ride at CUNY and SUNY schools must live and work in New York state for up to four years after graduation, or be forced to pay the money back.

“The concept of investing in you and your education is that you’re going to stay here and be an asset to the state. If you don’t want to stay here, then go to California now, let them pay for your college education.”

But one professor of higher education slammed the proposal as “economically and educationally foolish.”

“As someone who has worked on almost every free college bill, I promise@NYGovCuomo won’t be remembered well if he keeps this provision,” Temple University Professor Sara Goldrick-Rab tweeted.

 

The Coalition Application Platform is Live Now!

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via The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success has delivered a new college-application platform. As of Monday, a handful of participating colleges are now accepting applications through the online portal, which supporters hope will redefine the admissions process. A total of 56 institutions plan to start using the coalition’s application over the next few weeks.

The Common Ap now has competition in The Coalition Ap.  High school seniors check them both out and make your decisions on where to apply.  If you need help email me here.

How to Apply for College for Free

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http://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/paying-for-college/articles/2012/09/13/how-to-apply-to-college-for-free-2

Via usnews.com

How can I reduce the cost of applying to college?

1. If you apply online you can score free application submissions at many colleges. In addition to Washington and Jefferson College, the numerous institutions that waive application fees for online applicants include Upper Iowa University, Millikin University, Juniata College, Kettering University, York College of Pennsylvania, Drake University, Smith College, Barry University, and Mercyhurst College.

Often, schools advertise the fact that they waive application fees for online applicants. As you’re exploring the websites of colleges you’re considering, keep your eyes peeled for a money-saving application option.

2.  If you’ve made an on-campus visit be sure to ask if you can have a fee-waiver for the application fee.  Many schools will be glad to issue you a waiver if you have visited the campus.

3. At Western New England University in Massachusetts, for instance, students can apply for free if they have a parent or grandparent who attended or if they’re are able to secure a letter of recommendation from another grad.  Be sure to ask if you have an alumni connection as well.

4.Many schools have indicated that they will waive the application fee for students who demonstrate financial need, including Dartmouth College, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Colorado—Boulder. Ask and all they can say is NO.  With proof of financial need, students may be able to secure fee waivers from the National Association of College Admission Counseling, and students who have received an SAT/ACT fee waiver can apply for free passes from the College Board. Students can also go to guidance counselors at their high schools for help; at schools such as Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa, a fee waiver signed by a counselor grants a free application.

5.  Reach out to college admissions officers at your first choice school and indicate it is your first choice and here is my GPA and test scores.  Ask for their opinion before you spend the money and apply.  Chances are if you reach a real person they will be honest with you and save you the cost of applying if you aren’t in their target for scores.

 

Thanks to US New and World Report for their valuable tips.

 

5 Ways Your C+ student Can Successfully Get Into College.

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My university announced that they will require a 3.6 Grade point average from incoming freshman students in 2016. Immediately I thought of my son who left high school with 2.6 GPA. In the senior magazine he was listed as “undecided” as to his college of choice. At the time I said “what are you undecided about?” His 2.6 left him one choice-the local community college which he tackled and graduated and then did well at the four year university and graduated. After graduation he took the LSAT, was admitted to law school and passed the bar the first time. He’s now a lawyer working in construction law and earning a nice salary.

What does my story tell you? That some students are late bloomers…..late to the college admissions business. Not mature, not interested or just not in a hurry. It can be done though as my son proved to me. At each challenge his sisters said he would not be do it. He just kept on facing challenges and moving forward.

Here’s the 5 ways…and I hope they are helpful.

1. If your high school student has mediocre grades and shows no signs of improving them the community college for a two year period is a great option. Many parents send their children to a state or community college that is located near the four year university of their choice. It’s motivating, maybe. We found that our son still needed some encouragement to get the work done so he lived at home those two years.

2. Foster any area in which your student has success.
If he’s an athlete, artist, musician, entrepreneur or you can foster an interest in them in community service. There’s no talent required but effort is paramount. Your child can build a great portfolio of community service projects that may encourage interest from colleges. These projects can become family projects passed from one child to the next. One family started a school supplies drive and continued it after the kids graduated.

3. Consider smaller private universities if you can afford the tuition. After the recent recession smaller schools are hurting for students. They may have an interest in your reluctant student.

4. Can you encourage your student to consider leadership classes or programs? One is Boys/Girls State programs sponsored by the American Legion chapters in your area. It’s an essay contest but some chapters have problems findings students to send. It is in the summer of junior year of high school and is free to participants. One counselor told me that students who participate in this program are prized by colleges. They also earn college credit for their week long stay.

5. Major universities are starting hybrid online/in person programs for students that do not meet their in person standards. The University of Florida has the Pathways to Campus program and complete online degree programs. It might be appropriate for your student to start in a program like this and transfer later.

Hope this helps your student find their success in higher education!

Nancy

Scholarship Comparison worksheet

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Here’s a great worksheet for those of you lucky enough to get multiple scholarship offers from different schools.

Let us know how you make out!

Kohls Cares Scholarship Program Entries Open for Nominations till 3/13/15

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Nominations accepted Now-March 13, 2015.

The nomination site will undergo maintenance from 5:00 a.m. CT on Sunday, February 15 until 5:00 a.m. CT on Monday, February 16. You may experience difficulty using the site during these times. Please plan accordingly.

GET INVOLVED!
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You’ll find project inspiration, instructions and in-depth toolkits that you can download for free! You can choose projects just for kids or perfect for teens.

Adobe Youth Voices Awards

 

Adobe Youth Voice Awards

The Adobe Youth Voices Awards honors youth who make original, outstanding digital media to express their vision for positive change in their communities. We are looking for changemakers who create media to inspire, inform, and generate solutions to social challenges. The submission deadline for content produced from 2012 through 2014 is March 9. For content produced in 2015, the deadline is April 20.

Scholarships for College Students-Deadlines Coming Up!

  • Annuity.org:  for High School, Undergraduate and Graduate students.  Must be enrolled in college.  Essay required.  Submit requirements to scholarship@annuity.org.
  • Barbara Thomas Enterprise Scholarship:  Merit scholarships for health administration management students at the undergraduate, graduate and doctorate levels.  Deadline is 9/30/15.   Applications @ http://www.ahimafoundation.org
  • Steve Blufton Memorial Education Fund for Women:  Women majoring in political science, business, science, technology, engineering or math. Website is http://sbmef.org/site/scholarships.cfm.
  • Florida Fund for Minority Teachers:  Open to Florida students with junior standing who are African-American, Hispanic, Latino, Asian, Pacific-Islander or American Indian.  Web address is www.ffmt.org.
  • Women’s Chamber Foundation West Palm Beach:  Open to girls and women who want to optimize their lives through higher education. http://www.womenschamber.biz/wc-foundationto download the application due March 10, 2015.

Ronald Reagan Foundation GE Scholarship 1/8/15

HURRY HURRY HURRY Ends 1/8/15 Ronald Reagan Foundation Scholarship

Each year, the Program selects numerous recipients to receive a $10,000 scholarship renewable for up to an additional three years – up to $40,000 total per recipient. Awards are for undergraduate and graduate study, and may be used for education-related expenses, including tuition, fees, books, supplies, room, and board. In addition, Scholars are invited to participate in a special awards program.

To be eligible for this award, applicants must:
• demonstrate at school, at the workplace, and within the community the attributes of leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship;
demonstrate strong academic performance (minimum 3.0 grade point average/4.0 scale or equivalent);
demonstrate financial need;
be citizens of the United States of America;
be high school seniors attending high school in the United States, or any of the U.S. territories and commonwealths and graduating in winter 2014 or spring 2015. Applicants living on a U.S. Armed Forces base and attending high school outside the U.S. are eligible. Home-schooled students who are graduating in winter 2014 or spring 2015 are also eligible.
Students who plan to enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study toward a bachelor’s degree at an accredited four-year college or university in the United States for the entire 2015-2016 academic year.

www.reaganfoundation.org

Project Yellow Light Scholarship Video Contest

The Hunter Garner Scholarship

Deadline is March 17, 15.

The application is here.

Must be a High School Junior or Senior or a full-time college student.

Make a 25 or 55 second video promoting safe driving habits.
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