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We know the scholarship search is priority #1 for the majority of college-bound students. Whether you’ve been churning through scholarship applications all season, are running behind on your search, or don’t know where to begin, the Cappex + College Greenlight Scholarship Marathon is the resource you need. Last year’s inaugural Scholarship Marathon hosted by College Greenlight was wildly succesful and this time around Cappex is joining in as a co-host for the 2014 event on Saturday, March 22nd from 9:00am to 9:00pm.
What is The Scholarship Marathon?
The Scholarship Marathon is a free online event that runs all day at Cappex.com. Anytime from 9am to 9pm CST, students can join us online to apply to scholarships, view presentations from scholaship experts, and win prizes. Last year, a number of College Greenlight Scholarship Marathon participants were rewarded for applying to an incredible amount of scholarships. The students efforts impressed both the Greenlight and Cappex team.
How is The Scholarship Marathon different from applying for scholarships on your own?
During the Scholarship Marathon, students have access to one-on-one help from the Cappex team as well as free webinars from scholarship experts. The team will be on hand all day to answer scholarship application questions. The insider scholarship tips and advice will help you finalize your scholarship applications to put you on track to win money for college.
If you still aren’t convinced to register now, did we mention the bonuses? Hourly raffles and giveaways. Cappex will also award a $1,000 scholarship to the student who best represents the spirit behind the Scholarship Marathon.
How to Participate
Simply register for the Scholarship Marathon online at this link! You’ll want to make sure to complete your Cappex profile to get matched to scholarships. On the day of the Marathon, you’ll log on to Cappex and click the Scholarship Marathon banner to join us online to upload proof of your completed scholarship applications, enter raffles and giveaways, ask scholarship application questions, and view free webinars from scholarship experts!
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.
Did you know Cappex has a search engine for prospective students to look up College Profiles and read current or past student reviews? Look up any college or university you may be interested in and see unbiased reviews from students who attend or have attended that particular institution. Check out a few of these student reviews from Cappex.com:
A current student from Carleton College said:
Although I didn’t realize it until I got here, I could not have picked a better school. Students here truly love this school. This is seen by how prospective students are treated like celebrities, how there is an abundance of students who want the unpaid position of tour guide, and how Carls could go on for hours talking about their school. Here is a place where there are so many opportunities. Carls are involved. Not only can I be a student receiving a great education but also a volunteer, a friend, an athlete, a worker, a musician, a club member and so much more. Yes, Northfield is a small, rural, Minnesota town but that does not mean that activities are lacking. The school brings in bands weekly to ‘The Cave’, there are ‘Sayles’ dances, traditions such as Rotblatt, Spring Concert, and Screw your Roommate, sporting events, performances by both school and major musical, theater, and dance groups, speakers, camping and adventure trips, club sports, intramural sports, an 880 acre ‘Arb’, floor activities, free trips and tickets to the movie theater, weekly movie screenings, countless costume/dress-up parties… Students stay on campus on weekends because they want to. There is something for everyone.
Elizabeth from Sonoma State University said:
The campus is beautiful. The buildings are new and made of reusable materials. The dorms are spacious. The food is great! I love the fresh air. The brand new music building is so nice. There are lots of things to do on campus. I am very happy here!
Caitlyn from Tufts University said:
Tufts is bustling with activity 24-7. Students that attend here have diverse interests and that is definitely reflected through activities and events on campus. There are a plethora of dance shows, theater productions, intelligently themed parties, trips abroad, places to eat, and traditions in which many students participate. It is also worth noting that I have met more intelligent, motivated, and quirky individuals than I could have imagined. I love the intellectual atmosphere that combines with a work hard, play hard overall shared sentiment to foster an environment that is simultaneously stimulating and fun.
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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 Cappex.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.
Financial aid is a wonderful resource that you can use to get yourself through school. Whether you absolutely need large loans or choose to apply for small scholarships here and there, it is important to know the major differences between your financial aid options. Here are some key points to keep in mind when comparing financial aid options:
- Scholarships are usually awarded to students based on merit or an application process.
- It is typically a fixed amount of money granted for the student to use towards his or her studies. The student does not need to repay this money.
- Sometimes the funds are given directly to the student to use as he or she deems necessary. Other times – usually when a university provides the scholarship – students can only access funds through their student account. This varies depending on the organization donating the scholarship money.
- Applications vary greatly for each scholarship. Most require written essays and academic transcripts.
- An important element to remember about scholarships is that they are not necessarily based on financial need. Many scholarships are available to students based on their academic performance and application, as opposed to income.
- Some scholarships include perks like membership to the donating organization or post-graduate career assistance.
- Loans come with more responsibility post-graduation than scholarships because students are borrowing money, not being given a fixed amount.
- The amount a student can borrow depends on his or her education level (undergraduate vs. graduate) and dependency status (independent vs. dependent).
- The borrowed money must be repaid after graduation. Interest rates are applied during the repayment period, which often begins six to twelve months after graduation.
- While loans are most frequently subsidized (funded) by the Federal Government, private loans do exist.
- Any student wishing to receive loans from the government must fill out a Master Promissory Note, essentially a legal contract that binds students to repaying their loans.
- Students wishing to obtain loans must fill out the government FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form.
- You can borrow money regardless of your income or your parent’s income; you are only excluded from these government loans if you’ve been unable to pay them back in the past or have been convicted of drug offenses.
College Greenlight’s wildly popular Scholarship Marathon is coming up and this year, Cappex is joining in on the fun. On March 22nd, beginning at 9am until 9pm, Cappex will be co-hosting the 2014 Scholarship Marathon with College Greenlight. So mark your calendars, and get ready to kick start this year’s scholarship search in style.
For those of you who haven’t heard about the Scholarship Marathon, here’s what you need to know:
The Scholarship Marathon is a free virtual event that runs all day at Cappex.com. It starts at 9am, and it is a chance for students from all over the country to win raffles, prizes, and money for college just for applying to scholarships!
How it works: Registration is now open on Cappex.com! You’ll fill out some simple info, and if you don’t already have a Cappex profile you can complete one with your registration. Then on the 22nd you can join us online anytime from 9am to 9pm to upload proof of your completed scholarship applications, enter raffles and giveaways, get one-on-one scholarship help from our team, and even win a $1,000 scholarship from us just for participating!
The Scholarship Marathon is a free way for you to get your students applying for scholarships! Last year dozens of our partners including SEO Scholars, College Possible, College Forward, and Chicago Scholars had students participate in droves. You can encourage your students to register online now at Cappex.com.
We can’t wait to see all the incredible scholarships you apply for this year! If you have any questions, or if you would like to partner with us for the Scholarship Marathon, send an email with your contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
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
Cappex takes great pride in aiding students with their extensive college and scholarship search. If you are high school, undergraduate, or graduate student who has begun their search for alternative ways of paying for college – head to Cappex.com and peruse our database of over $11 billion in scholarships. Register today!
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.
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