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Now that you’ve learned all about the CappexConnect Online College Fair and the various benefits of attending an online college fair in general, you may have made the decision that it’s the perfect way for you to narrow your college options. So once you’ve registered, what’s next? The following tips will help you prepare in advance and make the most of your online college fair experience.
1. Know What’s Important To You
Give thought to what you want out of college. Which aspects are important to you? Having an idea of qualities you’re looking for in a college will help you assess its fit and choose the most helpful presentations to attend. To help guide your thoughts, think about the following:
- What major do I want to study?
- Do I want to attend a large, medium, or small school?
- Do I want to attend an urban or rural school?
- Do I want to participate in athletics, clubs, fraternities or sororities, study abroad, or other special programs?
- What types of financial aid options are available at this college?
2. Preliminary Research
The best way to learn about a few colleges attending the online fair is to check out information online beforehand. Utilizing Cappex.com’s college search and matching features, you can look at College Profiles and add each one you’re interested in to your College List, where you can write and edit notes.
3. Prepare Questions
Tips 1 and 2 will lead you to formulate thoughtful questions for college representatives. As you think about what you want as a perspective undergraduate, make sure your questions address categories such as academics, job placement, college costs and financial aid, and campus life. CappexConnect’s online chats allow you to engage with college representatives and other prospective students without pressure, so ask away!
4. Remember Your Audience
Engaging with college representatives through online chats is a casual, convenient way to get your questions answered. Just remember that while they eagerly await great questions, avoid using abbreviations or slang. Whether through email or in person you may come in contact with these reps later on, so make a good impression with your words. Also be prepared to take notes in a notebook, tablet, or other mobile device and write down each college reps’ name.
5. Keep An Open Mind
As we emphasized last week, participation in an online college fair has many benefits including no travel restrictions! It’s a great opportunity to explore colleges in different cities, states, and even countries. Beyond colleges you’ve researched, plan to visit presentations from colleges that weren’t previously on your radar. You may wind up learning about an amazing program perfect for your academic and career goals.
If you like our Cappex page on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or have us in your circle on Google+ – you have probably read about the CappexConnect Online College Fair. However, we are sure you have some questions about how awesome it really is. Here is everything you need to know:
What is the CappexConnect Online College Fair?
The CappexConnect Online College Fair is a FREE, online college fair hosted by Cappex offering you the opportunity to connect with over 15,000 students and over 90 participating colleges and universities. Throughout these online college fairs you will get to watch live presentations from experts in admission and financial aid specialists while engaging directly with colleges and universities from wherever you are located in the world. You also have the chance to win a $1,000 CappexConnect Scholarship!
Some past presentations topics have been:
- Smart Majors – Which is right for you?
- Majors for creative students with multiple interests.
- Things you should be doing over the winter break.
- The “F” bomb: Disarming the fear of financing your education on a college student’s budget.
- How to prepare for a pre-professional track.
- ROTC and the military while in college.
- Life and academics at an Arts school.
- What should a parent be doing?
- How to use Cappex in your college search.
- Understanding financial literacy, net price and scholarship calculators.
When is the CappexConnect Online College Fair?
The next upcoming online college fair is Tuesday, March 11th from 2:00pm – 8:00pm CST on CappexConnect.com.
Who will be attending the CappexConnect Online College Fair?
The online college fairs are attended by students of various ages, admissions experts, financial aid specialists, colleges, universities, faculty, and staff.
Some of the colleges and universities that will be attending:
University of Arizona
Saint Francis University
Florida Polytechnic University
John Cabot University
Southern Illinois University
Stephen F. Austin State University
Mount Olive College
Savannah College of Art and Design
University of Idaho
How can I register for the CappexConnect Online College Fair?
Registration for the online college fair is now open to all students! If you have a Cappex profile already, you’re all set to register for the online college fair. If you haven’t created your free Cappex profile yet, you will have the opportunity to create one at the time of registration.
Click here to join us this upcoming March 11th at 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm for the CappexConnect Online College Fair!
For more information, visit CappexConnect.
It’s no surprise that attending college can become ridiculously expensive. And did you also know:
“Every year, the cost of higher education continues to skyrocket. With the
average annual cost of a four-year, in-state public college (tuition, fees, and
room and board) at nearly $18,000 for the 2012-2013 school year, and the cost of
a four-year, private college approaching $40,000, the expense can be
overwhelming.” – AC Online
While those statistics may seem disheartening, our friends at Affordable College Online have created and shared an online guidebook with us titled, “529 College Savings Plans” to help us move forward with our higher education goals.
In the guidebook you will read information about how a 529 College Savings Plan works, its origin, and different variations of savings plans. You will also learn about:
- How Can 529 Plan Funds Be Used?
- Who Is Eligible To Have A Plan?
- Tax Considerations for 529 Plans
- State-Specific Information
- Additional 529 Plan Resources
We at Cappex.com do our best to provide you with the necessary services and resources to help you attend the college of your dreams and be able to afford it. This guidebook provided by Affordable College Online is undoubtedly an extremely valuable asset to everyone attending college or on the brink of enrolling!
As a member of the Millenial Generation, those born between the 1980s and early 2000s, we know we like to share. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, WordPress, and Foursquare. Did we miss any? We actively share our thoughts, opinions, photos, videos, location, and just about everything else in between with our social media friends and various networks daily. Some of our notions are simple and humorous while others can be placed in the “oversharing” or “TMI (too much info)” category.
These days, colleges and universities, recruiters, and hiring managers openly admit to scouring through our social media profiles as a part of their background check to get a better understanding of who we really are, both online and in the real world. So before you apply to a college, for an internship, or your dream job take a peek through your social media profiles and ask yourself, “Is this professional enough?”
Here are a few ways you can clean up your social media profiles:
Facebook has a wide range of privacy settings, so make sure you put them all to good use. But no matter what, your name and profile photo and cover photo are still visible to everyone who searches your name. So begin with changing your profile photo to a more professional snapshot, a family photo, or a classy group pic. Take a glance at your cover photo and past cover photos to make for certain that there is nothing offensive on display but something that showcases your interests. Lastly, take a gander through your timeline and “hide” or delete past stories, events, statuses, or photos that you think your professional network may find offensive.
Start with your Twitter name, then the avatar, and then the bio. Even if your Twitter profile is set to “locked tweets” – any user can see your username, photo, and read your 140-character biography.
The same rules apply to Twitter - your username should be something simple and nothing offensive, your profile photo should be a modest headshot, and your biography should simply state your name, location, and maybe a fun tidbit about yourself or interests.
Scroll through your timeline a few times and delete tweets that you wouldn’t want your professional network to read.
Last but certainly not least, think before you tweet.
Think of LinkedIn as your online resume. Whatever you want your future college, employer, or colleagues to know about – your volunteer work, your internships, your work experience and education – you are able to include on your profile. Keep the professional trend going throughout and you should be all set!
The rising costs of textbooks have been a ceaseless burden for college students, with not a sign of steadying. In a report released earlier this week, the advocacy group US PIRG found in a survey that 65 percent of college students had at one point opted out of buying a college textbook due to the price. According to College Board, students spend an average of $1,200 on books and supplies each academic year. Student PIRGs’ Make Textbooks Affordable campaign calls for the wider use of open-source textbooks as a solution.
Textbooks [of all things] shouldn’t have to be a college student’s sworn enemy. Renting books, buying older editions, and sharing with friends are a few ways students have gotten past the sticker shock. But what are campus bookstore’s currently doing about this issue? Their solution could be a major factor in your college decision. Find out how the following universities have made purchasing textbooks more affordable for students:
Kansas State University
Beginning with its textbook awareness campaign back in 2007, Kansas State University encouraged early decision making for textbook choices and established an online textbook listing website. KSU continues to stay ahead by offering used, rentals, and electronic textbooks. The campus bookstore even offers an online tool for easy textbook price comparison across other online retailers!
University of Arkansas
Over the past several years, the University of Arkansas Bookstore has focused on a number of initiatives to keep the cost of textbooks down by including early textbook adoptions, used textbook availability, discount pricing, student textbook exchanges, and electronic textbooks. Now students can take advantage of the bookstore’s Buyback Database, which allows students to search their database at anytime to determine the possible Textbook Buyback price.
University of California, Davis (UC Davis)
With a bookstore that ranks among the top in the nation in affordability, UC Davis’ place on this list comes as no surprise. The academic departments and bookstore communicate regularly to make sure book orders are received quickly to maximize the supply of used textbooks and make certain that buyback prices are as high as possible. The bookstore offers year-round textbook buybacks and a buyback price lookup.
University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)
The UCLA bookstore proactively collects textbook requests from faculty members, offers rental, used, and digital textbooks and guaranteed buybacks. They also offer to price match – if you find a textbook with a lower price at another store or online, they’ll match it!
UCLA students can also apply for the USAC Scholarship, a $200 textbook scholarship. The UCLA Undergraduate Students Association Council (USAC) gives away about 50 textbook scholarships each quarter. The program started in 2008 and as of recently, undocumented students are now eligible to apply.
University of Virginia (UVA)
The UVA bookstore combats expensive textbooks in multiple ways. The bookstores provides as many used textbooks as possible, textbook rentals, and eBooks. The UVA bookstore was one of the first to offer students an e-textbook option, Jumpbooks. With this option, students can read content online and download sections to be read offline on a laptop, mobile, or tablet device!
What Is The FAFSA?
FAFSA, which stands for the Free Application For Federal Student Aid, is a required application for college-bound high school seniors and current college students. In order to qualify for financial aid, students are required to fill out this application. As of January 1st, 2014 the FAFSA is available to fill out and submit for the 2014 – 2015 school year. But what does the FAFSA encompass? Keep reading!
Five Categories of FAFSA
The FAFSA requests information in five categories. Before you begin, grab your social security card (unless you memorized the number), your driver’s license (if you have one), bank statements or investment records, untaxed income documents, your most recent tax return, and then ask your parent’s to bring all of the same things.
1. Student Demographics: Basically, the FAFSA needs all of your personal information. Make sure to triple check it for accuracy!
2. School Selection: You will be asked to input your high school’s basic information. If you already know what college you’re going to attend or if you’re already enrolled in college, you will be asked to enter their basic information as well.
3. Dependency Status: If you have special circumstances (e.g. deceased parents or if you were adopted), this is where you will make those circumstances known.
4. Parents Demographics: This section will ask for your parent or guardian’s email address, marital status, and how many people live in your household. Make sure to get the correct information from your parent or guardian because these answers may affect how much money you will receive from financial aid.
5. Financial Information: In the last section, you will have to input your parent or guardian’s tax information to complete the FAFSA.
How To Apply For FAFSA
Visit this website to apply for the 2014 – 2015 FAFSA online, or you can apply through mail with a printed paper copy. Applying online is recommended and preferred by FAFSA because it processes immediately and assists with spelling errors. The application should take around an hour to complete, but you will have the option to save it and return to it later – but make sure you finish it!
If you’re still struggling a bit with all the forms, visit this page for additional assistance and resources.
Take a few minutes to reflect on 2013 – do you remember your resolutions from January 1st? What worked well? What didn’t work at all? Do you even remember what your resolutions were?
When beginning a new year, we enter with a lot of enthusiasm, momentum, and overall excitement for what is to come. Especially for the clean slate. But sometimes we lose steam, focus, and motivation to hold ourselves and our goals accountable.
Before you pen your list of New Year’s resolutions, ask yourself this question: What do I really want to improve? Read on for some 2014 resolution suggestions:
- Get Healthy
First off, take it easy on yourself. You’re busy, you’re on a budget, and no one transforms into a model overnight. Begin with setting realistic, long-term goals. Getting healthy has nothing to do with weight loss but everything to do with losing the unnecessarily bad food! (Little secret: just by adjusting your diet you’ll lose the weight anyway as your body’s way of saying, “thank you.”)
Start here: Set workout goals that fit your schedule (aim for three days a week), make the conscious effort to eat one more fruit or vegetable per day, vow to sleep for longer periods of time, and cut back on your caffeine intake.
Think of your resolution as an ongoing process throughout the next 12 months and eventually it will become your lifestyle.
*CHECK OUT COLLEGELIFE.COM FOR THESE EXERCISE TIPS!*
- Devise A Game Plan
Write out a blueprint. Step by step. Know exactly what goals you would like to accomplish and by when. Hold yourself accountable for those goals. Be consistent. Remember that if you wrote it down it must mean something to you. Why not make 2014 a personally productive year?
P.S. Reward yourself! Not everyone can be strict with their goals, so every time you have a victory (big or small) - spoil yourself.
- Make A Budget
Perhaps a part of your game plan is to travel more. Maybe it is to join a new gym or attend a fitness class. Possibly it is to change your eating habits and go gluten free or vegan. Unfortunately money trees don’t exist, so all of these things require money.
So along with your blueprint, include a section for finances. Figure out how much the essentials cost and then map out how much extra you will need to do the activities you’d like to participate in. Check out this website for tips and a template.
Tip: Try to only use your credit card for the necessities – ask yourself, do I want it or do I need it?
- Apply For Scholarships
The average amount of student debt in 2013 was almost $30,000 according to CNN Money. Whether you’ve already embarked on your undergraduate career, are about to graduate high school, or have just entered a graduate program – it’s important to use all your resources to keep your debt to a minimum.
So, carve out some time to apply for scholarships at least a couple times a month for an hour or two. There are multiple scholarship deadlines every month, so no excuses!
Create a student profile with Cappex to search and locate multiple scholarships to aid with your financial situation and specific needs.
- Be Persistent
Every year is filled with highs and lows or ups and downs. We all have our own personal struggles and our situations are uniquely different. And as difficult as it may sound, try not to lose focus on the resolutions you have for 2014.
Adjusting to a new lifestyle, working towards new goals, and changing certain learned behaviors can be extremely trying. You may slip up on the way but as opposed to stressing out and wasting energy, think of ways to get back on track to making 2014 the greatest year.
Cappex content intern Zhi-Mei Li of University of Illinois-Chicago shares five of her favorite DIY Christmas gifts with us:
Christmas is a great holiday but it can get expensive. With the amount of friends, co-workers, and family members you have to gift during this holiday, you can’t help but to seek alternate options. Nothing says “I care and am thinking about you,” more than a thoughtful, homemade gift. Here are some DIY Christmas gift ideas for the different people in your life!
Jar Filled with Chocolate. What else? Sweeten the deal this Christmas with a present filled with delicious chocolaty goodness. You can bake delicious full-size or mini chocolate chip cookies and store them in a jar. Make an assorted jar of cookies to provide your giftee some variety. If you’re not a baker, fill the jar with colorful and festive chocolate treats. Make sure your candies are wrapped to keep them hygienic and prolong their shelf-life. Either way, your chocolate-loving friend will enjoy and indulge in your scrumptious gift! Don’t forget to decorate your jar and add a sweet note to emphasize your love.
2. The Bedridden
Winter Survival Kit. Due to the change in weather, many people get sick around this time of year. As a friend, you can gift a winter care package to your bedridden friend this Christmas. Stuff a decorated box with winter survival essentials such as cold medicine, tea, cough drops, pain relievers, and other useful winter items.
3. Beauty Lover
Winter Beauty Rescue Set. Cons about the winter time include chapped hands and lips. Save your beauty-conscious friend this winter by creating a fun and easy winter beauty gift set with lip balm and hand lotion. Why purchase lip balm when you can make it? All you need is a container, Vaseline, and essential oils. You can also easily make homemade hand lotion with a small jar, beeswax, coconut or almond oil, and essential oils.
Scarves. Recycle your old clothes by turning them into trendy scarves! Here is a great DIY tutorial on how to turn your old, boring t-shirts into fashionable scarves that you can rock on a windy day. You can also recycle old sweaters and hoodies for different types of fabric and texture. The sweater material will keep you nice and cozy.
Handwarmers. This is a perfect gift for the person you have no idea what to gift for Christmas or the person with little to no Christmas spirit. Instead of trying to cheer them up, try warming them up. Sew a mini bag with fabric and stuff it with rice. To use, microwave the product for 20 seconds but be careful, it gets hot. The best part about this gift is that it is reusable and eco-friendly!
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