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Pay for College, Resources

How to Negotiate for More Financial Aid

No Comments 15 March 2017

If you are not happy with the financial aid package you’ve been offered, you do not have to settle for it. You have the option to appeal for more financial aid.

The first thing you need to do is come up with a plan. Study your college’s financial aid appeals process to know how to make your case. A common and effective way to do this is to write a direct letter to your financial aid office. Some colleges have a form to fill out.

These steps will guide you through the appeals process:

  1. Be as specific as possible when describing your financial situation. The financial aid office cannot help you if your appeal is too vague. Instead of saying you do not have enough money to cover tuition, you must explain why. Include facts, dates, figures and any other specifics that might help your case. Although you want to include details, keep the letter short. Do not bog it down with personal stories — write just the facts that affect your ability to pay. Be sure the amount you are asking for is reasonable as well. If a college thinks you are asking for too much, they may reject your appeal.
  2. List evidence and provide third-party documentation to back up your situation. Job loss, salary reduction, death of a wage earner or expenses for a special-needs child are among some of the reasons you could appeal need-based aid. Bills and receipts, letters of termination and bank statements are great examples of documentation. If you are looking to appeal for more merit-based aid, you can include a copy of a higher offer from another college, additional letters of recommendation or grades and awards. When the U.S. Department of Education audits colleges, they look at professional judgement appeals. They want to make sure any increase in financial aid is backed up by documentation.
  3. Mail your letter to the correct office. Contact the college and make sure you have the correct office. If you are sending a letter to appeal for more need-based financial aid, the letter should go to the financial aid office. If you are appealing for merit-based scholarships, contact the enrollment or admissions office. Explain to whoever you speak to that you want to initiate a Professional Judgement Review, which is the official term for an institution’s ability to review a student’s financial aid package and potentially increase it due to special circumstances. Do not try to begin the appeal over the phone – you just need to verify where to send the letter.
  4. Follow up. If you have not received a response to your letter within a week, follow up with the appropriate office. But remember, just because you are appealing your package, doesn’t mean you’re guaranteed more money. Some colleges do not negotiate. The decision whether to make an adjustment to your financial aid package is entirely up to the college. But with a well-written letter, you will have a better chance at success.

Admissions, Choosing A School

Colleges for Students with Average GPAs

No Comments 14 March 2017

A 4.0 GPA is not a requirement to get into college. Take a look at this list of colleges that will accept students with GPAs that range from 3.2 to 3.6.

 

Simpson University

Redding, Calif.

Average GPA – 3.51

Simpson University is a Christian institution with a commitment to world service that offers more than 25 educational programs. The university incorporates faith in to every academic program, such as its faith-based nursing program in which caring is at the core of the major classes.

 

Saint Ambrose University

Davenport, Iowa

Average GPA – 3.28

Saint Ambrose is a small, private college that offers 60 undergraduate degrees, 13 master’s and three doctoral programs. Because of the school’s mission to enrich the lives of other, Ambrose students typically volunteer more than 70,000 service hours a year. Student athletes also are required to complete at least three service projects a year.

 

The College of Saint Rose

Albany, N.Y.

Average GPA – 3.5

The College of Saint Rose teaches its students to focus on applying what they’ve learned to make the world around them about better. The surrounding urban environment expands the college’s opportunities for educational experiences and encourages students to be leaders in the community.

 

Carroll University

Waukesha, Wis.

Average GPA – 3.3

Carroll University prepares its students for lifelong learning and service in a global community. The university prepares students to engage with the world through service learning, volunteer work, and participation in the cross-cultural experience that is at the center of the General Education curriculum.

                        

Saint Martin’s University

Lacey, Wash.

Average GPA – 3.45

Saint Martin’s seeks to promote the common good. Students are taught to think with heart. Armed with an enriching and challenging curriculum, Saint Martin’s students are ready to go out into the world and make a positive difference.

 

Emerson College

Boston

Average GPA – 3.6

Emerson College is considered to be the premier institution in liberal arts higher education dedicated to communication and the arts. The college is internationally recognized in its fields of specialization, which include journalism, visual and media arts and more.

 

Montclair State University

Montclair, N.J.

Average GPA – 3.2

Montclair prepares its students for a lifetime of professional and personal success. The university was named the best public university in New Jersey by Forbes. Its vibrant campus community and cutting edge technologies help the university to live up to that title.

 

Ohio Wesleyan University

Delaware, Ohio

Average GPA – 3.4

Ohio Wesleyan is filled with people who are eager to learn and make connections within their society. There are nearly 90 majors to choose from, and 27 percent of students actually choose to pursue at least two majors. 81 percent of recent graduates are able to get a career in their field.

Find the Right College

Colleges for Students with Average SAT Scores

No Comments 16 February 2017

High test scores are not the only way to get into college. Take a look at this list of colleges that accept students with SAT scores that range from 1,100 to 1,250.

University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Average SAT score – 1,195

The University of Alabama provides an environment that allows its graduates to make a positive difference in their community. Degrees in more than 200 fields of study are offered to Alabama students. UA was ranked by U.S. News and World Report as the 46th best public university in the country.

University of California- Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, Calif.

Average SAT Score — 1,210

UC-Santa Cruz is a high-impact research university with a commitment to teaching and public service. Students can choose from 65 majors in the fields of arts, engineering, humanities, physical and biological sciences and the social sciences. Undergraduates can go on to pursue a degree from one of the 40 graduate programs.

Butler University

Indianapolis

Average SAT Score – 1,240

Butler is focused on success for all its students. The university offers more than 65 major academic fields of study with a 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio. When students are not in the classroom, they can participate in more than 150 student organizations

Michigan State University

East Lansing, Mich.

Average SAT Score – 1,180

Michigan State is the nation’s first pioneer land-grant university. Its’ mission is to advance the common good in uncommon ways. Students can chose to pursue on of the 200 undergraduate, graduate or pre-professional study programs.

Ohio University

Athens, Ohio

Average SAT Score – 1,165

Ohio University strives to be the top student-centered transformative learning community in the country. Along with 250 programs of study, students can immerse themselves in any of the almost 500 annually recognized student organizations that spark their interest.

University of New Hampshire

Durham, N.H.

Average SAT Score – 1,190

The university is New Hampshire’s sole public research university that provides top-notch undergraduate and graduate degree programs. By holding land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant charters, the University of New Hampshire is constantly pushing the boundary on continuing education.

Ripon College

Ripon, Wis.

Average SAT Score – 1,220

Ripon is dedicated to help its students pursue their passions, both inside and outside the classroom. Students are given the opportunity to choose from 31 majors, 42 minors or customize their own course plan. Ripon also provides financial aid to 100 percent of its students.

University of Massachusetts-Boston

Boston

Average SAT Score – 1,125

The University of Massachusetts-Boston is recognized for a model of excellence for urban public universities across the nation. The university does this by combining a small-college feel with the resources of a major university. Students choose from 82 undergraduate programs and can expect a 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio.

African American Students, Choosing A School, College Spotlight

Top 10 Historically Black Colleges and Universities

No Comments 14 February 2017

In honor of Black History month, we have compiled a list of the 10 best Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the country. Check out their College Greenlight profiles to learn more.

Spelman College – Atlanta

Spelman College is a private, all-women’s college, which originally was established as a female seminary in 1881. It is ranked in the top 50 liberal arts college in the country and consistently is ranked as the best HBCU in the nation. The college is the second-largest producer of black medical students in the country. Spelman’s academic departments have individual accreditation, which makes it one of the most accredited schools in the country.

Xavier University of Louisiana – New Orleans

Xavier has been continuing its mission of promoting leadership and service-based education initiatives since its founding in 1925. The university is the first educational institution in the nation that has produced black graduates with dual undergraduate degrees in biological/life sciences and the physical sciences.

Tuskegee University – Tuskegee, Ala.

Tuskegee University was founded by Booker T. Washington in 1881. The Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report both ranked the university as one of the best HBCUs in the country. The university offers more than 40 undergraduate programs and almost 20 doctoral programs and professional degrees.

Howard UniversityWashington, D.C.

Howard is a research university that was founded in 1867 and is considered to be the most comprehensive HBCU in the country. The university offers a medical, law, dentistry and pharmacy colleges, along with a multiple research facilities that have been internally recognized in their respective fields.

Claflin University – Orangeburg, S.C.

Claflin was founded in 1869 by Methodist missionaries to educate freedmen.. The university boasts a world-class faculty and was recently named the best liberal arts college in South Carolina. Claflin offers more than 35 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

North Carolina A&T State University – Greensboro, N.C.

North Carolina A&T State was established in 1891 as a vocational college for black students. Today, the college is recognized as a top-notch research university with the best college of engineering in the country. It has produced the most black engineers who pursue a master’s or terminal degree in their chosen field.

Hampton University ­– Hampton, Va.

Hampton University was established in 1868 as a school that would teach freedmen and their children to enter into citizenship. The university offers more than 75 different degree programs in 40 areas of study across 11 schools. Hampton also holds the rare distinction of being the only HBCU to ever have 100 percent control over a NASA mission.

Morehouse College – Atlanta

Morehouse was founded in 1867 as a private institution for men and has graduated more black men than any other school. The college’s mission includes educating students about black history and culture through programs and scholarships. Martin Luther King Jr. and Spike Lee are Morehouse alumni.

Florida A&M University – Tallahassee, Fla.

Florida A&M was founded in 1887 as an institution dedicated to African-American education. The university offers 54 bachelor’s degrees, 29 master’s degrees, three professional degrees and 12 doctoral programs. These programs have increased black student involvement in science, technology, engineering and math.

Fisk University – Nashville, Tenn.

Fisk was founded in 1866, shortly after the end of the Civil War. As part of its core curriculum, Fisk students must take one course that explores African-American literature and African history. The university also is home to the first chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Society on a predominantly black campus.

Undocumented Students

California DREAM Act Applications Decrease 64 Percent

No Comments 10 February 2017

Applications for the California DREAM Act have plummeted by 64 percent in the 2017-2018 school year.

Concern about immigration reform by the Trump administration could partially be to blame for the decrease of 21,842 applications from the 2016-2017 academic year. So far, California has received 12,299 applications for the 2017-2018 school year. In 2016-2017, it received 34,141.

Applications close on March 2.

The California DREAM Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Minors) is a California law that allows some children who immigrated to the U.S. to receive state financial aid. To qualify, a student must have been brought to the U.S. when they were less than 16 years of age and lacked proper immigration paperwork. As long as a student attended high school on a regular basis, is AB540 eligible and meets in-state tuition and GPA requirements, he or she may be eligible for state financial aid.

The California Department of Education responded to the decrease by releasing this statement, which reinforces the fact the department does not reveal a student’s immigration status: “The California Student Aid Commission has not now, or in the past, shared any information which would indicate a student’s immigration status, either documented or undocumented. The California Student Aid Commission also adheres to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99), a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records.”

No matter what happens at the federal level, the state of California has ensured students that their state financial aid will remain legal. Losing federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status will not affect most financial aid. The California DREAM Act is separate from the federal government.

If you are eligible for the California DREAM Act and have concerns, contact the California Student Aid Commission at 916-464-8271 or the California Department of Education, College Preparation and Postsecondary Programs Office, Career and College Transition Division at 916-323-6398.

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