Helping High School Graduates Transition to College


by Lisa Thompson Low-income Minnesota students graduating from high school this spring may be able to participate in a high school-to-college transition program. Held the summer between high school graduation and the fall term of college, the program helps students develop the skills and abilities necessary to succeed in college-level coursework.   Summer transition programs … Continue reading Helping High School Graduates Transition to College

What Pell Grant Cuts Could Mean to Minnesota Students


by Lisa Thompson Federal Pell Grant awards, which help low-income students pay for college, may be reduced for the 2011-2012 academic year as the U.S. government works to decrease spending. If no changes are made, the program could face a shortfall of $20 billion because more demand has been placed on the program by an … Continue reading What Pell Grant Cuts Could Mean to Minnesota Students

Summer Academic Enrichment Stipends Available for Low-income Students


by Lisa Thompson Low-income Minnesota students completing grades three to 11 in spring 2011 may be eligible to participate in a summer academic enrichment program at no or low cost thanks to a new program offered by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.  The program will fund up to $1,000 to attend an approved program … Continue reading Summer Academic Enrichment Stipends Available for Low-income Students

Need Help Applying for College Financial Aid?


by Lisa Thompson Each year, Minnesota College Goal Sunday workshops are held throughout Minnesota from January to the beginning of May to help students and their parents apply for financial aid. While the workshops are intended for low-income families and those with no family history of attending college, all students are welcome to attend. Pre-registration … Continue reading Need Help Applying for College Financial Aid?

Paying for college: federal or private loans


by Shirley Fenlason If you're going to college this fall, you've likely already made your decision and paid your deposit. But have you thought about how to fund your education? You've likely completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and received your award letter that tells you if you qualify for the Pell … Continue reading Paying for college: federal or private loans

College textbooks: where to look for good deals


by Shirley Fenlason College textbooks may not be fun to think about, but they are part of your education investment. A 2005 Government Accounting Office report estimated textbooks cost almost $900 for the 2003-2004 academic year. As a grad student, I would hit the three campus bookstores early in hopes of finding the best deal … Continue reading College textbooks: where to look for good deals

College loan forgiveness and repayment programs


by Shirley Fenlason Have you heard of college loan forgiveness or repayment programs? Whether you're a college student or graduate, they're definitely worth checking out. If you meet the loan and program-specific criteria, these programs may help you restructure or even reduce your college debt. On April 15, I read a CNNMoney.com article, Get a … Continue reading College loan forgiveness and repayment programs