Make Your Next Four Years in College a Success

First-year college students are beginning to settle in. We wish you the best of luck on your college career. But, we also want you to be a wise scholar! Today, a college degree is not all that is needed for a successful future. You next four years in college should be a time of study and learning, but you should consider more.

Here is some advice for college students to use their time as best they can:
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Helpful Tools for College Writing

Perhaps you have dyslexia, or perhaps you are a challenged speller. Maybe you have trouble proofreading your papers before handing them in, or maybe you have difficulty organizing your thoughts. After reading a post by Jamie Martin, Assistive Technology Consultant for Students and Adults with Dyslexia, I have some helpful suggestions for you.
Here are some assistive technology (AT) tools you might use for your college work:
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Starting Your Senior Year in College? Here are Some Tips!

You’re a senior! It may feel like it took you no time to get here or it may feel like you would never get here. But, you are here. Like your senior year in high school, you should have one major goal, only this time it will not be to get into a good college but to find a good job.

Here are some tips about how to start your job search, and yes, it should start at the beginning of your senior year.
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Should You Declare a Major on Your College Application?

There are pros and cons for declaring a major on your college application. Also, there are certain ways to approach the application for both students who know what they want to do and for those who are undecided.

First are the pros for declaring you want to study in a certain program when you apply to a college.
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Off-Campus Living Costs

Room, board, and personal expenses make up about half the cost of college. It certainly matters what the expense is because parents and students need to accurately estimate costs to know what the annual cost of college will be. This can determine both the choice of college and the amount to borrow.
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The New SAT Essay

The 2016 SAT has a new face. One very different part of the SAT is the essay.

The first difference is the essay is now optional. Some colleges will require it, and any free waivers will cover the SAT Essay. Most importantly, taking the new SAT Essay will help prove you are college-ready.
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The Basics of Repaying Your Student Debt

After you finish your education, you may not be finished. You will now need to repay any student aid you received over your years in college. Although these loans are from the U.S. Department of Education, you do not pay them back directly. Federal student loans are repaid to loan servicers who collect payments and offer customer service. There are several servicers. If you are not sure who your servicers are, go to this student aid website. Make sure your keep your servicer’s contact information in your phone; it’s handy! This is your first step in paying back your student loans.

Here are some other helpful guides.
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How to Draw Out Your Financial Aid

Time to think about going to campus, some for the first time and some as veterans. Whether a newbie or a vet, many of you will have financial aid. But, do you know that after a college has deducted tuition and fees, there may be a credit balance? This balance is called a credit balance refund and can be used for other costs like text books or living expenses.

In the past, universities and colleges have hired private institutions to distribute these funds. Often the private companies would send materials indicating a student needs to open a debit card account with a private bank or might even send out a debit card to activate for timely deposit of these funds. Unfortunately, many of these debit card accounts have very high fees.
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Heads Up! Changes in Applying for Financial Aid

How will you decide what you can afford for your college education? The best way to figure that out is for EVERYONE to apply for financial aid – NO MATTER WHAT YOUR FINANCIAL STATUS. You can do so by using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, which is your starting point.

Now there are changes to the FAFSA. Here is what you need to know to submit your financial aid application for the 2017 college academic year.
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Taking College Finals for the First time

Going off to college in the fall is a big transition. There is a lot to think about: meeting new people, adjusting to dorm life, learning where your classes are, getting to know your professors; it goes on and on. One thing to think about is your first semester classes and new content along with the need for different learning styles. After your first 15 weeks, you will experience your first college final.

Here are some things to help you through that transition.
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How to Make the Best of Your Campus Visit

An important step in deciding where to apply to college is the college visit. Seeing and being are the best ways to decide where you will be comfortable continuing your education and what is the best fit for your learning and living styles.

Here are some tips for making the college visit work for you.
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