Tuesday, January 4, 2011
There are several reasons students should apply early.
I'm going to keep this article short because if you haven't already applied for federal and/or state financial aid for the 2011-2012 academic year, you're already falling behind in the process and risk missing out on financial aid funds for which you may be eligible. What is financial aid? There are three general forms of financial aid: grants, loans and, work/study programs. Grants have obvious advantages, because they are financial awards that don't need to be repaid. There are six federal education grants, and students may be eligible to receive multiple grants. The type of grant and the amount of grant money students may receive is based on several factors. These include financial need, cost of attendance at your selected institution, …
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Don't make the mistake of falling behind during the application process.
Navigating the college process isn't really as difficult as many think it is. A common mistake many college-bound students and their parents make, is waiting until the student's senior year to start applying for colleges. By the time they learn what steps are required, many of the deadlines have either passed or are fast approaching. Students who aren't prepared, spend much of their senior year playing catch up. Here are a few steps you can take to stay ahead of the game. Get Docs Most colleges and universities require students to submit official copies of their high school transcripts. Some high schools are able to issue transcripts immediately, while others take longer. Try ordering your transcripts during your winter break. Some of your…
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Simple mistakes can lead to rejection letters.
For the most part, the college admissions process is very impersonal. Most of the data colleges and universities utilize to determine whether to accept or reject an application packet comes from the generic application they require all students to submit. More and more colleges are shying away from the practice of conducting admissions interviews. In most cases, an admissions officer will decide on an application without meeting the student, speaking to the student on the phone or even corresponding with the student by email. Often, the only opportunity a student has to stand out from the crowd of other applicants is through the admissions essay. Students frequently make incorrect assumptions when writing essays. Unfortunately, those …
Monday, November 29, 2010
Controversial bill would require U.S. citizens and legal residents to compete with illegal immigrants for financial aid benefits
As high school seniors prepare to submit their college applications, parents across the country are becoming increasingly concerned about how they will afford the skyrocketing price of college tuition and related fees. Just this year for instance, the University of Illinois raised their tuition rates by 9.5 percent and their fees by an additional 3.2 percent. Conversely, due to budget deficits, approximately 100,000 Illinois students lost up to $4,500 each in state educational grants for the 2010-11 academic year. In the past, parents and students relied on federal and state financial aid resources to help them cover college tuition, fees and expenses. Beginning January 2011, however, students who are U.S. citizens and legal permanent …
Friday, October 29, 2010
Enzo is a 6.5-year-old male cat who needs a home.
Welcome to Adopt Me! It's our new weekly column featuring an animal up for adoption in the Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills area. This week we're featuring Enzo, a 6.5-year-old male cat with white and black fur. Check out his listing on the West Suburban Humane Society's website here. Enzo is good with kids and other cats, but he's not a big fan of dogs. He has excellent litterbox habits. He's also very food motivated and loves to eat. If you are interested in adopting Enzo, you can contact the West Suburban Humane Society at 630-960-9600 x 0 or visit www.WSHS-DG.org. The humane society is located at 1901 Ogden Ave. in Downers Grove.
Monday, October 11, 2010
Firefighters held a silent tribute to Deputy Chief Mark Johnson at the annual Hinsdale Fire and Police department open house.
The Hinsdale Fire and Police Open House took place at the end of Fire Prevention week as it does every year. This year was a little different, however. This year the event came less than a month after the death of Hinsdale Deputy Fire Chief Mark Johnson, who served as a Hinsdale firefighter for 24 years. Patch.com talked with firefighters and Johnson's son about the event that meant so much to him.
Friday, October 8, 2010
Meet the "Park Kids."
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Sabrina Wu
Friday, October 8, 2010
I was on my way back from covering the Hinsdale Silent Parade when I came across a group of Hinsdale Central High School students in Burlington Park, enjoying a 70-degree night. They told me they called themselves the "park kids." I thought to myself, "What a great way to kick off the first 'Hinsdale's Moments' column. The teens didn't know about AOL's new local news source, so I told them about Patch, and they taught me a thing—or 10. Here are 10 things I didn't know before I met these kids Friday night: 1) That you could marry someone on Facebook 2) That you could have children on Facebook 3) What a rocketship handshake is—This is a high five where one person holds her index finger up and the other person wiggles their fingers down. …