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Signing Day: Every Team’s Most Important Recruit

May 16, 2019 - 9:12am

As spring approaches, thousands of coaches and athletes from around the country get ready for National Signing Day, a day where press conferences are scheduled, coaches’ phones ring off the hook, and star recruits ceremoniously sport the hats of their chosen colleges. For star athletes, it is the day they begin their trek toward what

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Apprenticeship – An Unexpected Choice Becomes the Path to Success

May 13, 2019 - 8:21am

Everyone assumed Kevin King would graduate and head straight to college. “I was your stereotypical AP student,” he notes. “Straight A’s through middle school, almost straight A’s through high school … I was the guy you would look at and say, ‘He’s going to college.’ It was just a matter of which one.” As it

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4 Meaningful Ways to Celebrate Your Teacher

May 9, 2019 - 9:45am

Teacher Appreciation Week is here! As a former teacher and in my current role engaging with teachers across Tennessee, I love that we celebrate and recognize our teachers. In case you’re stumped for ways to meaningfully show your appreciation for the teachers in your life, here are a few suggestions…and most won’t cost you a

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Why I Stay: 3 Reasons Why I Continue to Lead from the Classroom

May 8, 2019 - 1:08pm

I’ve always known that my purpose in life was to teach. With eleven years on the job, I still get interesting feedback around my choice to stay in the classroom. “The job has no money or glory in it,” I was once told. Well, that’s not why I entered the field or why I choose

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The Most Meaningful Way to Celebrate Your Teacher

May 7, 2019 - 10:47am

In classrooms all across America, long hours of curriculum are taught, thousands of papers are graded each day, yet teachers still find the time to constantly brainstorm strategies to support their diverse student population. They stay up late answering emails and stay after class to help a struggling student. On any given day, a teacher

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The Value of Financial Literacy and Self-Advocacy

April 29, 2019 - 11:23am

In my senior year of high school, as college decisions were released, opening the financial aid award letters was scarier than the decisions themselves: the final number, or net cost, could make or break my ability to attend university. To confuse matters, without an understanding of financial aid terms, award letters can be hard to

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“Workforce Development for All”- ED Take Your Child to Work Day

April 26, 2019 - 8:51am

Rethinking education for the 21st century means recognizing that learning can happen anytime, anywhere – far beyond the boundaries of the school day or a brick and mortar building. Secretary DeVos has challenged the nation to question everything, to ensure that nothing limits students from being prepared for what comes next. Here at the Department

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Redesigning the Financial Aid Offer Letter at the University of Pennsylvania

April 24, 2019 - 11:28am

Every year, incoming and current college students have to file a FAFSA in order to determine their potential and continued eligibility for federal financial aid. Students may also have to file institution-based financial aid applications every year, along with institution-based or outside scholarships. Offer letters are key tools used by colleges and universities to notify

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Keeping the Cost of College Down

April 22, 2019 - 1:53pm

Between the high costs of tuition, living expenses, meal plans and textbooks, it is easy to see why college students are increasingly stressed about their finances. A 2015 survey  found that around 70% of college students feel stressed about their personal finances in general. As a current student at UCLA, I too have felt the financial

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3 Ways Education Freedom Scholarships Could Support Military Families

April 18, 2019 - 12:35pm

April is “The Month of the Military Child,” and serves as a reminder that military children serve our country alongside their parents and face challenges that most other students don’t think about, let alone experience themselves. Each military child deserves the chance to flourish in an education environment that best leverages their unique learning style

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5 Things to Know When Evaluating a Financial Aid Offer

April 15, 2019 - 11:10am

April is National Financial Capability Month and understanding the terms of your financial aid offer and making smart decisions about paying for college can be a good indicator of your financial capability. Many schools use the term “award letter” which can be misleading and make it sound like all the aid that is listed will

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Answering your Frequently Asked Questions about Second Chance Pell

April 11, 2019 - 8:38am

This April, in recognition of Second Chance Month, we’re answering the most frequently asked questions about Second Chance Pell. What is Second Chance Pell? In 2016, the U.S. Department of Education created the Second Chance Pell (SCP) Experimental Sites Initiative to provide need-based Pell grants to those in state and federal prisons. This initiative examines

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Student Loan Forgiveness (and Other Ways the Government Can Help You Repay Your Loans)

April 4, 2019 - 12:00pm

Here’s a question a lot of people may be wondering… Is it really possible to have my federal student loans forgiven or to get help repaying them? The answer is: Yes! However, there are very specific eligibility requirements for each situation in which you can apply for loan forgiveness or receive help with repayment. Loan forgiveness

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5 Tips to Encourage Reading at Home

March 1, 2019 - 9:06am

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, captured the essence and importance of reading with this simple quote. Whether it is learning the art of how to read or reading to learn important information,

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6 Things to Know about the Education Freedom Scholarships

February 28, 2019 - 9:00am

This proposal would empower students and families to choose the best education setting for them – regardless of where they live, how much they make, and how they learn. Here are 6 things you should know about Education Freedom Scholarships: 1.) This proposal would drive a historic voluntary investment in America’s students and our future.

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2 Years Was the Path For Me in CTE

February 26, 2019 - 12:13pm

There are many young adults who find it very difficult to identify their career passion and explore how to turn that passion into a successful career. That was me, until I discovered my high school’s Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) program. This program helped me discover my passion for Culinary Arts. My culinary class was

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How I Found My Passion Through CTE

February 19, 2019 - 11:24am

It was during my freshman year of high school when I first realized that STEM was not the career pathway I wanted to pursue. While I understood the importance of a strong foundation in STEM fundamentals, my real passion was business. My story starts my freshman year of high school in Pharr, a south Texas

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5 Ways Agricultural Education and FFA Shape Students’ Futures

February 8, 2019 - 7:53am

Agricultural education and FFA have long been essential parts of our nation’s career and technical education system. It’s only fitting during National CTE Month to celebrate how FFA and agricultural education play a crucial role in defining a student’s path toward new and significant achievements. One of the best lenses to look through to see

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Career Pathways, Post-Secondary Options…Call on the Experts

February 5, 2019 - 8:27am

We call in the experts when we need brake service on our car, electrical work in our home, or tax planning for our future. The experts who our students can turn to about career pathways and post-secondary options are in our schools, poised to guide, advocate for, and support students on their journey. They are

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How to Deduct Student Loan Interest on your Taxes (1098-E)

January 31, 2019 - 12:39pm

Student loans, interest payments, and taxes: three things that have scared many people for years now. Read on to learn how these things can benefit you. If you made federal student loan payments in 2018, you may be eligible to deduct a portion of the interest paid on your 2018 federal tax return. This is

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