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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!
In a press release published on January 15th entitled, “The 2014 College Financial Aid Frenzy Kicks Off: Tips from Kaplan Test Prep on How to Bank Bucks for School” Cappex was mentioned as an asset to students who are hunting for scholarships. We thanked Kaplan Test Prep on Twitter for acknowledging our services and immense scholarship database. This is what they had to say:
— Kaplan Test Prep (@KapTestNews) January 15, 2014
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Cappex Launches Virtual Events Platform to Help Higher Ed Institutions Engage with College-Bound Students
CappexConnect™ provides a way for students to experience colleges and universities from their home or school no matter where they live.
Cappex.com, announced today that its new virtual events platform, CappexConnect, is now available to higher ed institutions to help them meet enrollment challenges. The CappexConnect platform allows schools to connect live online with prospective and admitted students. Through the platform, institutions can augment their on-campus engagement and build relationships with students at home or school in their hometowns across the country.
“We know that open houses help colleges and universities convert inquiries to applicants and also have a significant impact on yield, though many students simply do not attend them because of distance, travel costs, and busy schedules,” said Tammy Willis, general manager of CappexConnect. “With CappexConnect Virtual Open Houses, schools can now extend the reach and impact of their campus open houses to students no matter where they live.”
On CappexConnect, students can develop richer impressions of campuses than they can through other online means via live video presentations from faculty members, alumni, and current students. There’s also the opportunity for students to ask questions and get immediate answers through video chat, text-based chat and email.
CappexConnect will also be holding several virtual college fairs for students, parents and high school counselors later in the year focused on college planning, financial aid and scholarships.
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This morning I read an Op-Ed in the Wall Street Journal written by a high school senior addressing all the colleges that rejected her. You’ve read it too, right? If not you can read it here. Recently it’s been hard to read a paper, magazine, or my favorite blog without coming across a headline reading “Gen Y: Is there anything good?” or “Gen Y: Entitled, Lazy, and Can’t Pay Attention.” As a recent college grad (just off the job-search I might add) I can’t help but find these statements offensive, and I think to myself “Where are they getting these stereotypes?” Well, thanks to Suzy Lee Weiss, I think we know now…
Really, I understand how frustrating college applications are. I even understand what it’s like to be rejected from your #1 school. Even your #2 or #3…or #5 school…especially in the face of some unquantifiable trait like “diversity.” But as a graduate from UIC, a school that boasts “diversity” before “top research institution,” I can tell you that few of the people I knew would have fit into the profile you’re describing, Ms. Weiss. And when “they” tell you to “be yourself,” they’re not kidding. Colleges need to know who you are, what you’re all about, and that you would be a good fit for their school. Not only the other way around.
So I tell you, Ms. Weiss, and all other seniors both accepted and rejected from your dream schools, be yourself. But not only that, be proud of yourself and be accountable for yourself. Keep in mind what sets you apart from everyone else. Diversity isn’t only about your race or religion or extracurricular activities – it’s about what makes you different from the other 10,000 students who applied to your college program, internship, or job. It’s not only colleges that will tell you to “be yourself.” This is a theme that you will experience for the rest of your life – I can tell you it will also be part of your job search – so get used to it.
In the meantime, I beg you, fellow Gen-Yers, to do some serious introspection before you go sending articles off to the Wall Street Journal on behalf of the rest of us.
Vicki Jurkowski is a proud member of Gen-Y and Online Marketing Analyst at Cappex. Her passions include abstract algebra, west coast swing, and reassuring Baby-Boomers that Millennials can be trusted to take over the world one day. She graduated from University of Illinois at Chicago in December 2012 with her Bachelors of Science in Mathematics.
Colorado State University’s Global Campus announced on September 6, 2012, that it will accept full transfer credits to students who enroll in a free computer-science class offered by Udacity, an online education company.
This is big news for the United States higher education system because it marks the first time that a university here has offered academic credit for a Udacity class. Austria and Germany, for example, already accept the credits.
To receive the transfer credits, which can be applied toward a bachelor’s degree at Colorado State University, students will need to obtain a certificate of accomplishment from Udacity proving they passed the course. Afterward, they will need to pass a proctored exam, which is administered by the Pearson VUE testing group and costs $89.
Colorado State University’s Global Campus is an online university where students can earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees. The school has a separate accreditation and allows students to transfer in when they have received more than 12 college credit hours. Faculty members in the information technology department reviewed Udacity’s computer science course and assessed its methods of student learning before announcing that the class met CSU standards.
The course, called “Introduction to Computer Science: Building a Search Engine” and taught by Professor David Evans of the University of Virginia, will aim to teach students basic computer science skills by taking them through the steps of building a Web search engine similar to Google. Around 94,000 students took the course when it was initially offered earlier in 2012, and an additional 98,000 signed up for the second class that began in April.
“We have students from well over 100 countries, from 13-year-olds to 80-year-olds, sharing in the experience,” Evans said.
CS101 is the first course that Udacity offered, and includes guest lectures by Sebastian Thrun, the company’s founder.
Thrun was a computer science professor at Stanford University who shocked his peers when he left his tenured position at one of the best universities in the country to create a start up that offered low-cost online classes. He experienced the potential of digital education at Stanford and got hooked, which led to the groundbreaking idea.
“I feel like there’s a red pill and a blue pill,” Thrun said. “And you can take the blue pill and go back to your classroom and lecture your 20 students. But I’ve taken the red pill and I’ve seen Wonderland,” The Chronicle reported.
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