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New Title IV Funds Used to Support STEM

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In order to increase support for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) programs Congress has recently approved a huge $1.1 billion for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grant (SSAEG) program which are outlined in Title IV, part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Compared to the 2017 budget, this is an increase of $700 million.   This new funding, first made available in 2018, authorizes investment on STEM activities in three broad categories: well-rounded education, safe and healthy schools and students, and effective use of technology.   Districts are required to spend 20% of their funds on..

How To Get The Most From Your Educational Financial Aid?

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Step 1: Fill Out The FAFSA Every year, the U.S. Department of Education gives over $120 billion in federal grants, loans, and work-study funds to more than 13 million college students, making it the largest provider of student financial aid in the country. In order to receive their share of these funds, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students who complete the FAFSA can qualify for up to $30,000 in aid. Nearly every student is eligible for some form of financial assistance, and it costs nothing to apply. To complete the FAFSA, students will need..

The Benefits Of Going Back To School As An Adult

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Expanding your education as an adult can seem daunting, many mature students are worried that they won’t fit it, or that the benefits of taking a course won’t outweigh its cost. However, education for mature students can actually be easier, rather than more difficult, as their base of education, experience, and knowledge gives them an advantage over other students. And an easier ride the second time around isn’t the only benefit returning to education can offer a mature student. Tangible Benefits Growing your professional network: Attending school with other adult learners is an excellent chance to grow your professional network...

5 Things You Should Know When Applying for Financial Aid

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One of the most common questions asked about college education is “how am I going to pay for it?” The sticker price of many college courses can come as a shock, however, there are a number of financial aid options available to students. To have the best chance of finding the financial aid program that works best for you, you need to be aware of the options and be properly prepared to apply. To help out, here are 5 things you should know when applying for financial aid. 1. Colleges want to help: Our Financial Aid Officers here at Northwest..

Am I Eligible For Title IV Federal Student Aid?

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Title IV funding provides financial assistance towards the costs of education for more than 13 million students across the US every year. For many, this funding is a gateway to access higher education courses they might otherwise not be able to afford. The U.S. Department of Education awards more than $120 billion a year in grants, work-study funds and loans to cover expenses such as tuition and fees, room and board, books, supplies, and transportation. Title IV aid can also be used to pay for other education-related expenses, such as a computer and dependent care.   Title IV Federal Student..