Tapping Financial Resources Outside of Student Loans for Your College Degree (12/10/2017)
College students in the U.S. are struggling to cover the rising costs of tuition, fees room and board as prices hover at $16,188 for public institutions and more than $40,000 at private schools. Although students have traditionally borrowed to pay for college, this option can leave students with considerable debt after graduation. The class of 2016 was saddled with an average student debt load of $37,172.
As a result, students must search for alternative ways to pay for higher education expenses, whether through scholarships and grants or in non-traditional ways like crowdfunding and work-study programs. This guide breaks down these four ways to pay your way through school and keep your higher educational journey completely (or at least mostly) debt-free…. Read more here.
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October 27, 2017
COLUMBUS, OH – My College Navigation Hub announced Friday that they have created an insider’s guide on how to navigate the road from high school to college, and be successful once you get there.
Business partners, Sallie Traxler, of Columbus, OH, and Mark P. Koepsell, of Fort Collins, CO, have spent many years focusing on student success at the college level. Recently they turned their attention to what happens prior to arriving on a college campus.
“We did not begin with this end in mind,” said Traxler. Working with a team of consultants on a student success project for a university, she noticed the research kept coming back to the same thing. Traxler shared, “Students were overwhelmed by and unsure of all the decisions they were making about their future. Families were anxious about how to pay for it, and where to get unbiased information they needed.”
The team asked themselves, if not us, who is going to solve this issue? “This is our sweet spot, making sense of it all,” said Koepsell. The site features free and premium resources students and their families need to navigate this journey. Students can create a resume, complete an interest profile to search degrees and careers that match up, work with a personal adviser, and compare colleges. Families can join a peer forum, do a five-part course on Financing College, and access original content on relevant topics.
“This will level the playing field for students from every walk of life, making their dreams of going to college that much more attainable. That is something we get excited about,” said Traxler.