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Keeping the Promise: Announcing a New StudentAid.gov

December 23, 2019 - 7:26am

By: Chief Operating Officer Mark Brown, Federal Student Aid Hi. I’m Mark Brown, the chief operating officer at Federal Student Aid (FSA). Today marks my first post on the Homeroom blog, and do I have exciting news for you! StudentAid.gov—your trusted source to learn about, apply for, and manage your federal student aid—is all new and

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5 Ways to Pay Off Your Student Loans Faster

December 11, 2019 - 12:00pm

The first thing people say when they find out where I work: “Can you delete my student loans for me?” If only I had that power. Just like many of you, I am a student loan borrower. Each month, my federal student loan servicer, withdraws my $381.35 student loan payment from my bank account and I

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Announcing the RISE Award for Classified School Employees

November 22, 2019 - 8:22am

We’re excited to announce the inaugural competition of the Recognizing Inspirational School Employees (RISE) Award to spotlight classified school employee’s outstanding contributions to quality education in the United States. Classified school employees include paraprofessionals, clerical and administrative services, transportation services, food and nutrition services, custodial and maintenance services, security services, health and student services, technical

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Learning About Whole Child, Whole School Sustainability on the 2019 Green Strides Tour

November 14, 2019 - 9:32am

By: Bailey Payne   The state of Washington is known as a leader when it comes to sustainability.  The Oct. 28-30 Green Strides Tour that I attended highlighted the many different approaches districts have taken in schools located in rural settings, small towns, and even the heart of urban Seattle.  Our three-day tour began at

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Who are School Psychologists?

November 12, 2019 - 11:55am

By: Julie Richardson School psychologists are trained to wear many hats such as providing direct support and interventions to students, consulting with teachers, families, and other professionals, working with administrators to improve school-wide practices and policies, and collaborating with community providers to coordinate needed services. School psychologists strive to meet each student where they are emotionally and academically,

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8 Steps to Filling Out the FAFSA® Form

October 25, 2019 - 2:43pm

If you are the parent read, The Parent’s Guide to Filling Out the FAFSA Form. We also have a resource if you are a parent with more than one child going to college. Ready to fill out the FAFSA form? Make sure you avoid these 11 common FAFSA mistakes. 1. Create an account (FSA ID) Student: An FSA

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Antoinette Love’s Inspiring Education Story

October 24, 2019 - 12:18pm

Earlier this year Antoinette Love, a charter school student in New Orleans, was accepted into a record-setting 116 colleges and was offered more than $3.7 million in scholarships. As notable as her college acceptance feat is, her journey is even more remarkable. Antoinette was born to teen parents. While her mother was able to finish

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How to Fill Out the FAFSA® Form When You Have More Than One Child in College

October 23, 2019 - 9:22am

Having one child who is heading to college can be stressful but having to help multiple children at the same time can feel overwhelming. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about filling out the FAFSA form when you have more than one child in college: How many FSA IDs will my children

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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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