Tips To Make FAFSA Filing Easier

Tips To Make FAFSA Filing Easier

“Just finished my FAFSA; would rather blind myself with a spork than do that again,” reads a recent tweet on Twitter. Filing the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the definition of tedium. Unnecessary complications, prying information, and hours of frustration make up the typical FAFSA experience. It’s a daunting experience, but if given the time and patience, filling out the FAFSA form could help a student earn a significant amount of financial aid. But it’s not easy. So Jenna Johnson from the Washington Post and Mark Kantrowitz, a financial aid expert and publisher of Fastweb.com and FinAid.org he ... Read More About Tips To Make FAFSA Filing Easier

Colleges That Address Financial Needs

Colleges That Address Financial Needs

College is one of the – if not the – biggest investment a student and his/her family will ever make. This holds true for most students, no matter how affordable their targeted colleges may be or how large of a scholarship they may have received. The cost of college then creates financial strain for most families. Colleges offer financial assistance to many students to offset the high costs. However, very few colleges actually meet their students’ full financial needs. The US News & World Report surveyed over 1,700 American colleges to publish a list of 63 colleges that claim to meet the full financial need of their stud ... Read More About Colleges That Address Financial Needs

Analyzing Teachers Colleges

Analyzing Teachers Colleges

Teachers are feeling the heat and the blame of the lagging American education system, and now they are under further scrutiny, scrutiny by journalists. The U.S. News & World Report is planning on giving grades (A through F) to over 1,000 teachers’ colleges, trying to pinpoint the effective and ineffective programs, according to the an article in the New York Times. This program was announced in January and teachers’ colleges are by no means welcoming this action, claiming it to be an unfair representation and scrutiny of their practices. The U.S. News and World Report partnered with the National Council on Teacher Quality, a ... Read More About Analyzing Teachers Colleges

How To Prepare For College Now

How To Prepare For College Now

College is coming. It’s coming sooner for some and later for others. But, it’s still coming for most, and it’s never too soon to prepare. Winter time is always a stressful time for high school seniors, lobbying for certain colleges, awaiting acceptance or rejection letters. Some of them may even look back to their freshmen years of high school or even earlier, thinking I should have taken a harder curriculum, more extra-curricular activities or even gotten an A in that Algebra class. Once you’re a high school senior – or when you’re the parent of high school senior – it’s too late to change wha ... Read More About How To Prepare For College Now

Why Science Fairs Are Important

Why Science Fairs Are Important

K-12 level science fairs across the U.S. are facing hard times. Lack of funding and resources has left many fairs on their last legs.   A recent article in The New York Times reports on the state of science fairs, from the more well known Siemens Competition and the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, to more local ones such as the Greater St. Louis Science Fair.  Just as athletes are trained while young, and nurtured throughout their middle school and high school years, those who have a curiosity about how the world around them works should also have those same resources.  The importance o ... Read More About Why Science Fairs Are Important