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Tourism Career Scholarships

The Alaska Travel Industry Association or ATIA Foundation is offering academic scholarships to individuals who wish to pursue a career in tourism. The awards total $25,000 for the selected students. Usually, applications are due at the ATIA Foundation office by Mid-April. You may contact David Lee (907) 646-3303, for more information or go the ATIA […]

In the News: What Low Income Students Need

A recent study by the National Bureau of Economic Research has revealed that simplifying the rules of applying for financial aid is essential to facilitate more low-income students attending college. The study — “Into College, Out of Poverty? Policies to Increase the Post-secondary Attainment of the Poor” — is actually a review of 17 previous […]

529 College Savings Plans Comparisons

The Coverdell Education Savings: This type of college savings plan can be applied to more than college. A Coverdell Education Savings Account can be used as savings for elementary through high school education as well as college. Parents or students may contribute up to $2,000 a year tax-free. A few stipulations are that single parents […]

FAFSA Deadline – Fill Out Required Financial Aid Forms!

Apply as soon as possible for financial aid! The actual deadline for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is not officially due until June 30 in most states. However, if you wait this long your chances of obtaining federal aid could be very poor. The FAFSA is the only way you can qualify […]

Debt and Financial Aid

A common question students have is how they can manage their debt and their financial aid. Unfortunately when you fill out the FAFSA form there is no place to put down the amount of debt you owe. The form basically wants to know about your income, your family’s income and assets. Non-traditional students may already […]

How Most Americans Pay for College

Sallie Mae and Gallup Poll released its 2016 annual study of how parents pay for college. Parents are helping more, using more of their own income and savings, while students are taking out more and larger amounts of student loans. Students are also working more, and two out of five of them are living at […]

Paying for College – Financing an Education Without Parental Help

The first thing to remember is that you are not alone. Students have been dealing with this reality for a long time. Do not assume that you won’t qualify for aid since your parents earn over the eligibility mark. Always fill out the FAFSA no matter what. You may qualify for a Stafford Loan. It […]

Finding Financial Aid for Graduate School

You may already be overwhelmed by undergraduate school loans to the point that you don’t even want to think about graduate school but finding aid for graduate school can be done! How much financial aid will largely depend on what field you are going into. For instance, there are more assistantships and fellowships available to […]

Competing for College Students

Throughout most of the application process the potential student is courting the college but as a recent article in the New York Times points out, when decision making time approaches the roles are reversed. Some schools will lay on the charm extra thick to entice students to choose their acceptance. Personal e-mails, letters, phone calls […]

Profile of Successful Pell Grant Recipients

The National Center for Education Statistics recently released a report describing the characteristics of college graduates who have received Pell Grants and comparing them to non-Pell Grant graduates.  Here are some of the findings from their study: 36 percent of 1999-2000 bachelor’s degree recipients received at least one Pell Grant while in college. Pell Grant […]