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A Walkthrough Of The FAFSA App – myStudentAid

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The FAFSA or Free Application for Federal Student Aid is notoriously time-consuming. It asks for all sorts of information with special emphasis on your financial details. While filling out the application, you have to make doubly sure that all the information you provide is accurate. However daunting the prospect, filling this form is important in …

What Is A Good GPA in High School?

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As a high school student applying for college, you’ll hear a lot about the importance of earning a high GPA. But do you know what a good GPA looks like and how it impacts your college application? Taking the time to understand the basics of is important for any high school student applying for college. …

How To Explore Careers During Your College Years

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Taking time to explore potential careers is a crucial step towards finding a career that’s right for you. You’ll get valuable insight into the pros and cons of various job options allowing you to make a more informed decision. Here is how to explore careers during your college years! Attend On-Campus Career Fairs Attending career …

What Can You Do At College Career Centers?

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College career centers are the single best resource that students can go to for any type of career-related assistance. Almost all colleges and universities have career services offices on campus. These centers offer a range of services to help students meet their career goals. Make time to visit your school’s career services office. Whether you …

Top 25 Best Hidden Gem Colleges with Alternate Tuition Plans | 2021 Rankings

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There is a multitude of ways to pay for college—savings plans, scholarships, grants, work-study programs, loans, etc. But did you know there are alternate tuition plans too? Some colleges offer more than just the standard payment plan. In fact, there are three main alternates—Prepaid Tuition, Tuition Guarantee, and Tuition Payment. Not all colleges provide them, …

Top 25 Best Hidden Gem Colleges with Tuition Under $25K | 2021 Rankings

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The cost of college is a hot topic in the news, politics, and households around America—especially right now, during a pandemic and a shifting educational landscape. Many are searching for low tuition colleges. According to Educationaldata.org, in the 2019-2020 school year, a 4-year out of state college had an average tuition of $26,820. Private colleges, …

Top 25 Best Urban Hidden Gem Colleges | 2021 Rankings

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Cities are known for many great things—incredible architecture, art scenes, performances, industries, diverse populations, and amazing history. Many are also known for incredible urban colleges. But in the hustle and bustle of the city, some things can get glanced over instead of explored. That’s why we created this list highlighting some amazing urban colleges. To …

Hidden Gem Colleges in the Far West | 2021 Rankings

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There is perhaps no region in the US more diverse than the Far West. There are snowy mountain ranges, rainy coasts, sunny beaches, tropical forests, broad deserts, and more. In addition to a variety of landscapes, the Far West is home to a variety of colleges. We wanted to highlight some of the small but …

Hidden Gem Colleges in the Southwest | 2021 Rankings

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Deserts, plateaus, sprawling cities, and canyons, mesas, and more make up the rugged Southwestern landscape. Many of the colleges in the area are as excellent as the geography is dynamic. We wanted to highlight some of the lesser-known Southwest colleges that deserve attention. For this list, we’re including the following states as part of the …