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The College Bound Organizer by Your comprehensive tool to organize every step of the college application process. An essentialguide to take along on your college visits! This invaluable organizer will keep you on target and motivated. It's packed with worksheets, lists, tips, and detailed instructions on how to: *Build your resume *Secure letters of recommendation *Research schools *Apply & interview on campus *File for financial aid & compare aid packages *Rank the pros & cons of colleges "It's important to keep your mind on the big picture: which are the colleges that are best suited to help you to grow academically, socially, spiritually, and in every other way? Using The College Bound Organizer is one way to help you stay focused on what is really important."—Edward B. Fiske, bestsellingauthor of Fiske Guide to Colleges
Publication Date: 2013-01-01
The Kids' College Almanac Fourth Edition by This guide is a fun and interesting way for students to get their first real look at college. It gives a great overview of everything to expect when exploring college; takes the guesswork out of preparing for life beyond high school; and covers four-year colleges as well as two-year and vocational education options. The Kids' College Almanac is also packed with fun trivia facts, lists of famous alumni, school nicknames, and other information that appeals to young people. In addition, readers will learn how to apply for financial aid and fill out an admission application. New content for this edition includes updated financial aid information in relation to the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, information on revised SAT guidelines, and all new charts and tables with college facts and figures.
Publication Date: 2010-04-01
The Community College Advantage by Maximize your college experience. Follow the track that costs less and pays more.Whether you're looking to transfer to a four-year school or you want an edge in the job market, community college could be your key to success. The question is: How can you make community college work to your advantage?
The Community College Advantage: Your Guide to a Low-Cost, High-Reward College Experience is the first community college strategy guide focused on maximizing your college experience. With helpful tips and worksheets, you'll be prepared from the minute you set foot on campus.Optimize your time in community college.
Uncover secrets to making the most of your classes, teachers, and peers.Transfer to your dream school. Follow a step-by-step guide to the transfer process and obtain access to the best colleges in the nation.</p><p><strong>Gain life skills that prepare you for the real world.
Apply these tips and techniques to your life after college and see all your hard work pay off.
Call Number: LB2328.15.U6 M46 2013 (Downtown, Kent)
Publication Date: 2013-05-07
How to Pay for College by Whether you’re a high school student, already in college, a parent, or an adult returning to school, this guide can help you thoroughly and easily research all available financial aid options, narrow your search to those that are a good fit for you, and make the best attempt possible at applying for them. Within these pages, find ways to plan and save for the high cost of college tuition; how to look for schools that are less expensive yet offer everything an expensive school might; when and how to fill out forms for loans, grants, and scholarships; how to get the government to help you; tips on applications and essays; and much more. This unique guide emphasizes the help that your local library can be in this process, using its reference materials, the Internet, and the advice of experienced researchers. This is a book that can help change your life.
Call Number: LB2342 .H575 2011 (Kent)
Publication Date: 2011-04-27
In! College Admissions and Beyond by An award-winning, step-by-step guide to college admissions that helps students through every aspect of the application process and gives them a proven approach to make their application stand out from the rest. Two expert college admissions consultants--a mother-daughter team--share their step-by-step, proven strategy for creating an application that stands out and gets you IN! College admissions has never been more stressful. Not only is admission ruthlessly competitive, with more and more qualified students applying each year, but the application process has become more confusing than ever before. Most parents and students feel anxious, overwhelmed, and confused by the choices and trade-offs. In! is based on the authors’ 20+ years of experience working privately on boarding, college, and graduate school admissions with students from all over the world. While there is no shortage of college admissions guidebooks on the market,In! offers students and their parents a crucial element that none of the others do: a clear, step-by-step strategy that helps students not only compete academically with other qualified applicants but also develop a defining interest--in incremental, attainable steps--that distinguishes them from their peers and gives them an edge with college admissions officers. This strategy is summed up in a four-word phrase: "be alike but spike.” This means that the applicant must perform on par with other students applying to similar colleges, while also working to stand out from the pack--like a spike on a graph--in one area. (Ironically, it’s often the "well-rounded student,” an ideal many applicants strive for, who gets rejected.)In! shows students how to create that distinction by identifying and "layering" their passion, showcasing their interest in many different ways and circumstances. Enlivened with instructive case studies as well as entertainingNew Yorker cartoons, this book carefully guides students through the application process, showing them how to rise to the top of an applicant pool of thousands. And unlike most books about "getting in,”In!’s lessons do not end at college acceptance. Rather than viewing college admissions as a hurdle to be quickly and painlessly cleared, mother-daughter team Luterman and Bloom present it as an opportunity for students to mature, expand their horizons, and discover what makes them tick. Not only does this book get you in, it gives teenagers the tools and confidence they'll need for future success. "Be Alike”--How to optimize your GPA, standardized tests, extracurricular activities, and more. "Spike”--How to develop a unique area of distinction that makes you stand out from your peers. How to create a winning college application--including personal essays, activity chart, letters of recommendation, and more. How to choose the right college for YOU, and how to prepare to attend, and afford, your top-choice school.
Call Number: LB2351.2 .L88 2011 (Deerwood, Kent, South)
Publication Date: 2011-05-03
Debt-Free U by This book can save you more than $100,000. These days, most people assume you need to pay a boatload of money for a quality college education. As a result, students and their parents are willing to go into years of debt and potentially sabotage their entire financial futures just to get a fancy name on their diploma. But Zac Bissonnette is walking proof that this assumption is not only false, but dangerous-a class con game designed to rip you off and doom your student to a post-graduation life of near poverty . From his unique double perspective-he's a personal finance expert (at Daily Finance) AND a current senior at the University of Massachusetts-Zac figured out how to get an outstanding education at a public college, without bankrupting his parents or taking on massive loans. Armed with his personal knowledge, the latest data, and smart analysis, Zac takes on the sacred cows of the higher education establishment. He reveals why a lot of the conventional wisdom about choosing and financing college is not only wrong but hazardous to you and your child's financial future. You'll discover, for instance, that: * Student loans are NOT a necessary evil. Ordinary middle class families can- and must-find ways to avoid them, even without scholarships. * College "rankings" are useless-designed to sell magazines and generate hype. If you trust one of the major guides when picking a college, you face a potential financial disaster. * The elite graduate programs accept lots of people with non-elite bachelors degrees. So do America's most selective employers. The name on a diploma ultimately won't help your child have a more successful career or earn more money. Zac can prove every one of those bold assertions - and more. No matter what your current financial situation, he has a simple message for parents: "RELAX! Your kid will be able to get a champagne education on a beer budget!"
Call Number: LB2342 .B52 2010 (Downtown)
Publication Date: 2010-08-31
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
~ Nelson Mandela
Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.
~ George Washington Carver
DVDs / Videos
How Am I Going to Pay for College? This program shows students sources available for financial aid, including scholarships, grants, work-study jobs, and federal and private student loans. Financial aid experts and real college students provide tips and strategies to succeed at getting funding for college as well as tips on how to budget for college life
Executive producer: Anson Schloat, Peter Cochran.
Host, Jon Schneider.
System requirements to access the PDF file: computer with DVD-ROM drive and Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Supplemental teacher's resource book includes blackline master student activities, pre-post tests, fact scheets, learning objectives, and more.
"Limited public performance rights are granted to educational institutions provided that no fees are collected with regards to the viewing of this program. Any other exhibition, distribution, or duplication, in whole or in part, of this copyrighted program is strictly forbidden"--Disc surface.
DVD-ROM features: Support Materials (PDF, 28 p.).
Call Number: AV LB2337.4 .H65 2013 DVD (Downtown)
Publication Date: 2013
College Without Student Loans by Higher Education in the United States is “Big Business”, just as it has become essential to possess a college degree for development of a successful career. In order to succeed along the path through academia you have to know seldom taught lessons, or you will become another victim in an extremely competitive environment. College Without Student Loans will teach you the strategies that every student can follow, but are not commonly taught in our high schools. Colleges would rather you not know this simple 4-Step methodology which is SAFE, regardless of income. It is proven to “Save Time” and “Save Money” for those seeking a collegiate degree at their ideal institution. College Without Student Loans is the springboard to beginning a successful professional career while being free of the debt burden that encumbers over 80% of those currently graduating. You do not have to be another statistic for Federal government loan program or be saddled with long-term monthly payments to Uncle Sam. Attend the institution that fits you the best, while securing meaningful employment, with your undergraduate degree in hand. These are just a few of the reasons why you need to read this book and uncover the secrets to winning the “Game of College”. When you follow the SAFE steps your results will be dramatic and predictable, positioning you for a productive, meaningful and happier life.
Publication Date: 2013-10-01
Smart Strategies for Paying for College by Even as having a higher education becomes increasingly essential in the job market, the costs associated with attending a post-secondary institution continue to rise, making the prospect of paying for college seem daunting. By examining and breaking down
Publication Date: 2014-07-15
1001 Ways to Pay for College by Completely revised with updated descriptions, contact information, websites, and available monies, this guide to financing higher education is the only resource students need to fund their pursuit of knowledge. Balancing detailed explanations with real-life examples and practical resources, the featured topics include finding and winning scholarships, requesting a reassessment from colleges for more financial aid, maximizing assistance from state and federal governments, taking advantage of educational tax breaks, and benefiting from government-subsidized student loans. Creative strategies--such as starting profitable dorm-room enterprises, trading tuition costs for volunteer service, and canceling debts with loan-repayment programs--help students find extra money when more traditional routes are exhausted. The provided tips are designed for students of all ages and levels and their parents.
Publication Date: 2014-08-04
College Financing Information for Teens by Tips for a successful financial life including facts about planning, saving, and paying for post-secondary education, with information about college savings plans, scholarships, grants, loans, military service, and more.
Publication Date: 2011-11-15