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The Parent’s Guide to Filling Out the FAFSA® Form

October 18, 2019 - 12:04pm

While the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form is the student’s application, we know that parents often play a large role in the process. After all, students who are considered dependent have to provide parental information on the FAFSA form anyway and must have a parent sign it. While we recommend that the student start his or

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Nine Ways Technology Can Boost STEM Learning

October 18, 2019 - 7:54am

Across the nation, innovative programs are preparing students to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. These subjects, often called STEM, can open up new pathways to success in the 21st century workforce and also means new opportunities for students and teachers alike. Technology can play an important role in the STEM learning

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5 Things to Do After Filing Your FAFSA® Form

October 15, 2019 - 2:45pm

Did you submit a 2020–21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form? Wondering what happens next? Here are a few things to look out for: 1. Review Your FAFSA® Confirmation Page After you complete the FAFSA form online and select “SUBMIT,” you’ll see a confirmation page like the one below. This is not your financial aid offer. You’ll get that separately

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Scholarship Basics and Tips

October 15, 2019 - 10:57am

We all know college is super expensive; not only do you have to pay tuition, but there’s also room and board (for those of you staying on campus), a meal plan (yay for cafeteria food…), and textbooks (buying hundred-dollar books for one chapter). It’s a lot. Luckily for us, there’s help: scholarships! Of course there’s

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5 Things to Do Before Making Your First Student Loan Payment

October 15, 2019 - 9:03am

Almost time to start paying back your student loans?  Contrary to popular belief, your student loan payments don’t have to stop you from living your life. You just have to weigh your options and find a strategy that works within your budget. Here are some steps to get you started. 1. Compare monthly payment amounts

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Nominations Open for Inaugural Presidential Cybersecurity Education Award

October 7, 2019 - 7:28am

Each October, we celebrate National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and highlight the importance of cybersecurity. This year, we’re celebrating in a new way with the announcement of the Presidential Cybersecurity Education Award – with nominations opening today. Beginning in the spring of 2020, the Award will be presented annually to two educators – one elementary and

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11 Common FAFSA® Mistakes

October 1, 2019 - 7:36am

The 2020–21 FAFSA® will be available October 1! If you plan to attend college between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021, you should fill out your FAFSA form as soon as possible! Just make sure you don’t make one of these common mistakes: 1. Not Completing the FAFSA Form We hear all kinds of

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National Blue Ribbon Schools—Learning Requires Engagement

September 27, 2019 - 7:42am

National Blue Ribbon Schools are special places, each unique to their communities, their students, their staff, and their leaders, and are producing outstanding results for all their students regardless of race, socioeconomic status, or zip code. They are closing the gaps in student achievement and, in most cases, demonstrating consistent excellence. Each year, the National

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National Blue Ribbon Schools— Learning in Creative Contexts

September 24, 2019 - 9:54am

  National Blue Ribbon Schools are special places, each unique to their communities, their students, their staff, and their leaders and are producing outstanding results for all their students regardless of race, socioeconomic status, or zip code. They are closing the gaps in student achievement and, in most cases, demonstrating consistent excellence.Each year, the National

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How-To Submit for Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness: 5 Tips for Success

September 23, 2019 - 12:22pm

Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) is a program that could eliminate some of your federal student loan debt if you meet all the mandated requirements. This program was created to benefit individuals whose debt would be unaffordable without loan payments tied to income because they are working in lower-paying, but vitally important public sector jobs

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Explained: The Total and Permanent Disability Discharge Process

September 18, 2019 - 10:04am

“Loan discharge” means you don’t have to pay back some or all of your loan(s). A total and permanent disability (TPD) discharge relieves you from having to repay any of your federal student loan(s) and from completing any TEACH Grant service obligation. General Qualifications and Application Process for TPD Please note: If you received notification that you are eligible for

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Back to School by the Numbers: 2019–20 School Year

September 18, 2019 - 9:54am

Across the country, hallways and classrooms are full of activity as students return for the 2019–20 school year. Each year, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) compiles back-to-school facts and figures that give a snapshot of our schools and colleges for the coming year. You can see the full report on the NCES website, but here

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Supporting Schools in Creating Plans to Ensure and Sustain Food Safety

September 12, 2019 - 6:52am

As schools across the country celebrate the new academic year, set goals for success, and take steps to nurture safe, healthy, and supportive teaching and learning environments, it is important to also raise awareness about food safety. Each year, millions of Americans get foodborne illness, resulting in 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths. Food safety is

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3 Types of FAFSA® Deadlines You Should Pay Attention To

September 11, 2019 - 10:35am

  Ah, deadlines. The sworn enemy of students across the nation. When you’re busy with classes, extracurricular activities, and a social life in whatever time you’ve got left, it’s easy to lose track and let due dates start whooshing by. All of a sudden, your 10-page term paper is due in an hour, and you’re

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7 Things You Need Before You Fill Out the 2020–21 FAFSA® Form

September 10, 2019 - 3:14pm

If you need financial aid to help you pay for college, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form. The 2020–21 FAFSA form will be available on Oct. 1, 2019. You should fill it out as soon as possible on or after Oct. 1 at the official government site, fafsa.gov. It’ll

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Hands-On Learning: A Day at the Zoo

September 10, 2019 - 10:02am

Taking your student to the zoo is a great way to engage with them outside of the classroom and enjoy a hands-on learning experience together. Use this the guide below to make your trip engaging, educational, and enjoyable. Before your visit: Read a book about your child’s favorite animal to learn more about where it

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Calling All Students to the Mars 2020 “Name the Rover” Contest

September 3, 2019 - 8:46am

K-12 students – enter your ideas to name the new Mars 2020 Rover! On August 27, 2019, NASA launched a national contest for Kindergarten to Grade 12 students to name the Mars 2020 rover, the newest robotic scientist to be sent to Mars.  Scheduled to launch aboard a rocket in July 2020 from Cape Canaveral

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Spotlighting Whole Child, Whole School Sustainability in the State of Washington

August 22, 2019 - 10:16am

Year round, the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) and its Green Strides outreach initiative share promising practices and resources in the areas of safe, healthy, and sustainable school environments; nutrition and fitness; and environmental education. Each fall, we have the pleasure of visiting school communities and highlighting their efforts. This year, the

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Hands-On Learning: A Day at the Farm

August 20, 2019 - 1:07pm

Taking your student to a local farm is a great hands-on educational opportunity. Use this the guide below to help make your trip engaging, educational, and enjoyable. Before your visit: Read a book about farm animals with your student. Talk about the different names for animals and their offspring. During a meal, talk about the

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Summer Learning: Visiting Your Local Farmers Market

August 8, 2019 - 8:21am

  Bringing your student to your local farmers market is a great educational opportunity. Use this the guide below to make your trip engaging, educational, and enjoyable. Before your visit: Read about or briefly explain the purposes of a farmers market and what you will do and see during your visit. During your visit: Encourage

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