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Want to Go Back to School? How to Survive College as a Single Parent

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Going back to school as a single parent can be a hard decision. On the one hand, research has shown that parents who go back and earn their degree gain short-term and long-term benefits for their children. On the other, taking on college full-time or even part-time while working a full-time job with kids seems daunting, maybe even impossible.

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Student Aid Tip

for the week of: December 17

NEED MONEY FOR NEXT SEMESTER

It's great to return home for the holidays.

But the Spring semester starts real soon after the new year.

Do you have enough money to finish the year?

Get the money you need and pay nothing until after you graduate.

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How Educators Can Better Use Social Media to Reach Their Students

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Just as it has revolutionized personal relationships and business, social media has enormous potential to help college educators reach their students. This ability of social media, however, has gone somewhat underused. As colleges and universities move more into the online space, it becomes more important that they adopt social media as a communication tool. Here are four of the top ways educators can improve their communications with students through social media usage.

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Back To School? 3 Strategies For Working Full Time And Taking A Full Load

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One of the conundrums of being a professional is that you need an education to advance in your career. However, you can’t stop working to go back to school because you still have bills to pay. Therefore, you may have to both work full-time and go to school full-time as well. What are some of the best ways to juggle the demands of being a full-time worker while getting your education?

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5 Careers You Can Launch With an Online Degree

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Studying online can suit younger students who appreciate the flexibility of being able to fit their studies around work commitments — or mature learners looking to upskill and switch sectors while fulfilling family responsibilities.

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The Cost Benefit Analysis of Grad School

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Deciding whether or not to attend graduate school can be difficult. For some, it can be a financial decision more than anything else. Here is a cost benefit analysis for those trying to make the decision from a monetary point of view.

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4 Schooling Options That Ready Students for College and Beyond

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As you get ready for college and beyond, you might be looking around wondering if there’s a better way to prepare you for what’s ahead than just high school classes. High school prepares students for part of their college career, but it can’t produce well-rounded, confident students. If you can participate in some other forms of schooling, you’ll be better prepared to deal with the rigor of college life. Let’s take a look at four different ways you can educate yourself besides what’s offered in high school.

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Back to School: 5 Interesting Things that Can Affect Your Students’ Learning

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Teachers have a more difficult job now than ever before. As an individual that is the primary source of academic readiness for students, you need all the tools you can get to ensure each student is able to reach their potential. Research now shows that many things affect learning, but few teachers have ever been told of the importance of these factors and how your behavior can impact student learning. Here are some things you should keep in mind the next time you step into your classroom.

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achieving success...

Achieving success in college requires 3 key ingredients

  • 1: planning
    use planning for success to develop a plan using heirarchical blocks to achieve anything you would like to be


  • 2: discipline
    planning means nothing if you don't have the discipline to achieve the plan. You need a foundation of physical, educational, social and spiritural disciplines in order to achieve success


  • 3: execution
    to maximize your efforts and energy, you need to execute your plan using time management in order to achieve what needs to be done and more importantly, recognize your accomplishments to build the motivation to continue your plan for success.

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Do you need money for college or other higher education (i.e., private student loans and other student loans)? Simply consult our student financial aid charts to find financial aid information for undergraduates, graduate students, parents of students and continuing education students.

Our financial aid charts summarize the financial aid options that include scholarships, grants, work-study programs, student loans, PLUS loans, summary information about private student loans, home equity loans for education (introducing the "bank equity program" for financing college) and other student aid options.

We also have a number of student loan tools and tips to help manage your financing. Start with our financial aid reviews for starting a college budget, reducing college costs, understanding the financial aid process, calculating borrowing costs, downloading our tools, reviewing the financial aid process, viewing student income ideas and much more. Our aid tips include a set of questions that address financial aid issues.

And when you are ready to apply for student loans and other financial aid, make a simple click to get matched with the right financing source for your needs.

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