Planning and Preparing for College (Scholarships, Internships, Etc)

To prepare students and their parents for college success in areas of academic readiness, community service, internships, summer programs, etc. The blog is to be used as a preparation infrastructure on various areas of college topics.

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Friday, December 26, 2014

FAFSA Process Starts on January 1

January 1, is the start date for applying for the FAFSA for the 2013-2014 college school year.




PIN Registration for FAFSA

In order to register for FAFSA online, you must get a PIN number. The Pin Registration URL is:
http://www.pin.ed.gov/PINWebApp/pinindex.jsp or click the URL below that will take you to the PIN Application page and then follow the instructions:
http://www.pin.ed.gov/PINWebApp/appinstr.jsp

For frequent asked questions related to the PIN, click the URL below:

http://www.pin.ed.gov/pinfaqs.htm

The FAFSA application is available online on January 1st. The URL is listed below:
http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/

Expected Family Contribution (EFC) Calculator:

http://www.finaid.org/calculators/finaidestimate.phtml

Monday, December 01, 2014

The Children’s Scholarship Fund Program



The Children's Scholarship Fund provides partial tuition assistance for low-income families to send their children to private schools. More than 96,000 children have benefited from scholarships across the United States since we began offering assistance in 1998. Currently, almost 29,000 children nationwide are using CSF scholarships. These children are attending private school through the generosity of our donors, the efforts of 38 scholarship programs, and the sacrifices made by the families themselves, who pay—on average—50% of their children's tuition. Our scholarships are truly a hand up, and not a hand out.

The response from families seeking the freedom to choose their children’s education was staggering. For our first scholarships in 1999, the parents of nearly 1.25 million eligible children from over 20,000 communities applied. Most of these families reside in the poorest sections of our urban areas, where their only choice without a scholarship is a low-performing school.

Eligible families are required to demonstrate their financial need as measured by standards similar to the Federal school lunch program, which takes into account family size. The Fund focuses on elementary education because the earlier a child receives sound schooling, the better. Scholarships are awarded to all eligible children in a family to attend the school or schools of their choice.

The Children's Scholarship Fund provides scholarships for children grades Kindergarten - 8th. Children must be 5 years or older to receive scholarships.

How To Apply

1100 Words You Need to Know (5th Edition)

An excellent book to purchase for high school  and college students wanting to prepare for Exams such as ACT, SAT, or just wanting to improve their grades or adults who may want to get the most out reading, etc the "1100 Words (5th edition) by Murray Bromberg and Melvin Gordon is a top selection to choose.

The book was originally designed as a 36-week program to conform to school schedules.  The additional 10 weeks were included as an extra credit section.  As tribute to the Anniversary Edition, the book includes bonus weeks and new words to enrich your vocabulary.

Product Description

Aimed at college-bound students who need extra vocabulary help, this 20-minute-a-day program guides users towards a mastery of 920 new words and 200 useful idioms. All new in this edition are 46 words-in-context exercises that reflect the SAT change in emphasis regarding vocabulary questions.

FindInterships.com -- Internship Opportunities


FindInternships.com was created to help. The web site is a free online resource for students looking for summer and year-round internships. We post new opportunities daily from major corporations, non-profit organizations, and local and federal government agencies. Some of our opportunities are even for students looking to go abroad.


There are many, many opportunities available, and we filter through each one of them to ensure that they are 100% real and legit. Some are specific to students of certain majors and career paths, while others are only for students who reside in certain cities and states.

Please enjoy using our web site to help you on your journey! (Click link to retrieve Internships)





Purdue Online Writing Lab (Owl) -- Excellent Writing Resource

The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and we provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects. Teachers and trainers may use this material for in-class and out-of-class instruction.

The Purdue University Writing Lab and Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) assist clients in their development as writers—no matter what their skill level—with on-campus consultations, online participation, and community engagement. The Purdue Writing Lab serves the Purdue, West Lafayette, campus and coordinates with local literacy initiatives. The Purdue OWL offers global support through online reference materials and services.  Click here for additional information.

Another resource you can use is:  1100 Words.