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Dear College Seniors,
Congratulations on making it to your final year of college! You should be very proud of yourselves. This year is going to be great! You might be wondering what Cappex can still do for you – or will be able to do for you after graduation. Cappex is the place to find a college match, scholarship opportunities, and advice throughout your schooling. But what about… after college?
Have no fear, you fearless College Seniors! Cappex will not abandon you. There are tons of tools available to post-grads. For instance:
Cappex offers information on and tips for internships. While many students will have completed these during their college years, often times an internship is the best launch pad for your career. If you have your heart set on working in a specific company, they may hire interns first before looking at outside candidates.
Yes, we know many of our words of wisdom are geared towards students. However, Cappex’s rules for using social media, setting goals, and finding a balance between life and work apply to people all over. Not just students in the midst of mid-term season. Also, there’s tips on filing taxes, a task at which many college graduates are new their first year out of school.
Graduate School Help
Some students apply to and attend grad school right out of college – but many take a year or two (or three!) to work and relax before diving back into the education pool. Cappex has tons of information on why to apply to graduate school and which graduate schools might suit you best. You found your college here, you might just find your grad school, too!
So, if you are thinking about graduate school, you know where to look for scholarships and all of the information you’ll need for financial aid. Hooray!
Finding a job is not a piece of cake, but once you’ve got one there are other hurdles that may be intimidating to conquer. Cappex offers insight into relocating for a job and bad behavior for new employees. In addition, our interview tips are listed for summer jobs, but they can and should be applied to any job interview on which you go.
Recent winner of the $1,000 “I Don’t Want to Pay for College” scholarship, Brandon C. took some time aside to share with his peers (you guys!) his experience in the college and scholarship search, plus some extra tidbits about himself. Hopefully you’ll find some very useful tips!
What is your secret to finding and applying for scholarships?
I log on to Cappex once or twice a week, and check my scholarship matches to see if anything new has popped up. I also spend a couple hours each week searching for new scholarships to apply for.
Why is higher education important to you?
Learning is one of the most important things a person can do in life. It’s important for me to continue to learn new skills and techniques in photography and journalism, and to prepare myself for a great job and career after college.
Name one to three things you cannot live without.
I can’t imagine any day without my iPod and my camera. I am a huge music fan, and I spend hours each day listening to it. My camera is like a third arm – I am constantly taking pictures at sporting and social events. It allows me to capture moments so I can relive them for a lifetime, and I couldn’t live without it!
If you could offer a younger student one piece of advice for the college search, what would you say?
Never abandon your dreams.
You can discover more scholarships from Cappex and beyond. Simply visit Cappex.com. And thanks again to Brandon for sharing his college and scholarship tips!
The White House will host a second meeting of academic leaders and university presidents to discuss how to make higher education more affordable, reports Inside Higher Ed.
The news source received an email from an associate of an official who was invited to the event earlier this week. The message revealed that "administration officials will engage presidents and chancellors in exploring constructive solutions to bringing down college costs, making higher education more affordable and attainable, and regaining America’s global leadership in higher education attainment."
Details have not yet been released about who has been invited to attend.
Making college more affordable and accessible for students has been a cornerstone of President Barack Obama's education policies. According to the official White House website, the president vowed to change how universities are funded to reflect how much they are doing to make it easier for students filling out college applications to attend.
Measures outlined by President Obama during his State of the Union address earlier this year included the introduction of a $1 billion initiative to encourage colleges to keep tuition costs down and increase the number of students enrolling from low-income and minority backgrounds.
If you're doing a college search, don't forget to look into aid programs like scholarships. There is a lot of financial aid available for students who need it.
Two high school seniors win $5,000 in scholarships each in Cappex scholarship competitions.
HIGHLAND PARK, Ill., March, 2012 – A senior who started a nonprofit to combat hunger in her community and a self-taught computer programmer who designed a unique sports software program were awarded college scholarships of $5,000 each by Cappex.com, the leading online destination for finding colleges and scholarships.
The Lead with Your Heart scholarship competition seeks students who have donated their time to make a significant impact in their communities and beyond. Camille Posard of Encinitas, Calif., was selected as the 2011 winner. Posard founded the nationally recognized nonprofit “Donate Don’t Dump” to address the growing issue of families struggling to put food on their tables in her community.
Upon learning that active military members at Camp Pendleton were relying on charities to feed their families, Posard took up the cause. She filmed a local news story encouraging people in the community to donate their excess food instead of throwing it out. The story garnered both local and national attention, and Posard was offered funding to create a documentary on the issue. Along with classmates, she then spent a year filming and producing “One in Seven, The New Face of Hunger.” The film went on to win the California Competition at the 2011 Yosemite Film Festival.
“It feels amazing when something you care about passionately takes off and people get inspired. Winning this scholarship from Cappex showed me that others believe in this cause and that I’ll be able to make even more of a difference in the future,” Posard said about the experience. Donate Don’t Dump now has 11 chapters nationwide, with plans to expand in the coming years.
The High School Innovator of the Year scholarship competition looks for students who have invented a new product or concept that made an impact on their fellow students and community. Remington Maxwell of Penn Valley, Calif., was selected as the 2011 winner. Maxwell created the “Put Me in Coach Dugout Chart,” a computer program that allows baseball and Little League coaches to organize, edit and communicate players’ positions for each inning.
Maxwell got the idea for the program when her father, a Little League coach, mentioned that his players were often confused when their positions were substituted or changed. Determined to find a solution, Maxwell taught herself the computer coding skills necessary to create a team positioning program. After three years of research and testing, the “Put Me in Coach Dugout Chart” was complete. Her father soon came to rely on this tool at every game.
“Cappex has not only helped me financially, but has given me confidence in myself and my abilities. This Cappex scholarship will give me the opportunity to fulfill my dream of helping others through computer technology,” Maxwell said about her win. She is now beginning to market her program to other coaches through her website, putmeincoachproducts.com.
“We started these two scholarship opportunities to recognize high school students who have really gone above and beyond to make a difference in their communities,” said Chris Long, Cappex president. “Camille and Remington show that with dedication and hard work, one is never too young to make a significant impact on the world around them. We are excited to contribute to their upcoming college careers with these scholarships.”
Cappex.com, Where Colleges Recruit You®, is a comprehensive college search and scholarship portal that helps students and parents make college decisions. In addition to more than 3,000 college profiles with student reviews and college admission prediction tools like the What Are My Chances® Calculator, Cappex.com allows parents and students to find their match from thousands of scholarships offered by companies and organizations around the U.S. Cappex also provides $11 billion in college-offered scholarships. With more than 3.5 million student users, Cappex.com is the trusted source to help students find their ideal college fit, and where hundreds of colleges from across the U.S. and beyond go to connect with prospective students.
According to a new report published by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, many schools across the country are taking steps to make college more accessible to students.
Cuts in tuition, price freezes, tuition guarantees, partnerships with community colleges and accelerated degree programs are just some of the measures being adopted at universities throughout the U.S. These initiatives could make a real difference to students who are considering filling out college applications.
The report lists several colleges that are cutting their tuition fees, including Burlington College in Vermont, Cabrini College and Duquesne University in Pennsylvania, Lincoln College in Illinois and Seton Hall University in New Jersey. Columbia College in Missouri and Roosevelt University in Illinois are among schools offering students guarantees that tuition will remain the same during their time at the universities.
Students who are thinking about filling out college applications can use the Department of Education's College Affordability and Transparency Center information resource. According to the website, students and their parents can enter college search criteria to figure out which are the most affordable in their price range, and generate individualized reports on their results.
If you're filling out college applications, don't forget to apply for merit- and need-based scholarships, too.
The process of applying for financial aid can be confusing. With so many deadlines and forms to submit, students filling out college applications can often get overwhelmed. However, applying for student loans, grants and scholarships is one of the most important parts of the entire college application process. Here are five things to think about when you're considering applying for financial aid.
• Figure out exactly how much your degree will cost: Don't leave anything to chance when it comes to financing your education. Before you submit any college application or financial aid paperwork, you should know exactly how much you'll need to pay to earn your degree. Tuition isn't the only expense you should take into account – don't forget to factor in other things like course materials and room and board if you're planning to live on campus. Know exactly what you're getting into before you start.
• Know your definitions: One of the most confusing things about financial aid paperwork is knowing what the specific terms mean. You'll probably encounter phrases such as the "cost of attending" (CoA), which is the full estimated cost of one year of school. The "family contribution" (FC) is how much your family will be expected to contribute toward the cost of your education, based on data provided in the FAFSA. "Need" is the difference between the CoA and the FC.
• Not all financial aid forms are created equal: Although they may look similar, financial aid forms can be very different. For example, the FAFSA may ask for some information that a university's own application form might not. Financial aid paperwork can also vary from one state to another, and this can be especially confusing if you're filling out college applications for several schools in different parts of the country.
• Deadlines are very important: If there's one form you don't want to submit late, it's your financial aid paperwork. Sending in an application after a deadline can affect how much money you'll receive, and some agencies won't disperse any money if they don't receive your application on time. Get the forms filled out as soon as possible.
• Everyone should apply: Even if your family is paying for most, or all, of your education, you may not be aware of merit-based financial aid packages such as scholarships unless you submit an application. If you don't need student loans, you don't have to accept them – but you might miss out on a scholarship if you don't apply.
Although earning a degree can be a real investment in your future, it's also never been more expensive. With many schools increasing their tuition, filling out college applications can be daunting. According to a new study published by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, universities are relying on tuition fees more than in previous years.
The report revealed that the percentage of many universities' budgets made up of tuition fees increased from between 16 and 22 percent in 1999, to between 29 and 40 percent in 2009.
Some states, such as Florida, have been debating increasing tuition at public universities. According to the Palm Beach Post, schools such as Florida State University and the University of Florida are considering raising tuition to meet the national average. The news source reports that public schools in the state currently charge an average of $5,626 per year, compared to the national average of $8,214.
When you're doing a college search, think carefully about tuition fees. Although you may be able to afford a school during your freshman year, consider how tuition hikes could affect you further down the road. Financial aid packages such as scholarships can really help offset the cost of tuition. Many students don't realize how many scholarship programs are available. Talk to your college admissions adviser about what kinds of scholarships are offered by the schools you're interested in.
Vice President Joe Biden, Second Lady of the U.S. Jill Biden and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis recently invited community colleges across the country to apply for their share of $500 million in job-training grants.
Part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant program, the money will be used to help two-year schools develop training programs and award financial aid such as scholarships. The announcement was made at Davidson County Community College in Thomasville, North Carolina.
"After hearing so many inspiring stories of successful community college career partnerships over the last few days on our bus tour, I am thrilled to join Joe and Secretary Solis to announce the kickoff of a new round of grants makings to our community colleges to train workers with the skills they need for good jobs," Jill Biden said in a statement.
According to WFMY News, Davidson County Community College was the last stop on the vice president's recent tour of two-year schools to promote the connection between community colleges and employment training. During his speech, Vice President Biden said that community colleges were America's best-kept secret in education, and that more should be done to highlight their value to the country's economy.
Despite the uncertain economy, many universities reported an increase in the amount of donations they received last year, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.
The total amount raised by college fundraising projects was more than $30 billion in 2011, representing an increase in giving of almost 5 percent. Students at many colleges, including Harvard University, Yale University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Johns Hopkins University, could benefit from the funds donated. These colleges raised more than many other universities, reports the news source.
Other schools, such as Reed College, a small liberal arts college in Portland, Oregon, also reported an increase in giving.
"In general, there's a great uptick of major gift activity this year," Jan Kurtz, director of development for Reed, told the news source. "It's some combination of people feeling more optimistic about the economy and that we've been talking to them for a long time about the campaign."
According to The Los Angeles Times, the school that reported the most money donated was Stanford University in California, which raised more than $700 million last year. Although university officials have not said what the money will be used for, some of it could go toward expanding scholarship programs and improving facilities at the school.
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