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Financial Aid By Season

March 13, 2018 | 9:00am
Figuring out how you are going to afford college is overwhelming. Between filing paperwork, remembering deadlines and worrying about getting into a program in the first place, it can feel like there is no end in sight! You can make applying for financial aid easier for you and your family

Translating your Financial Aid Award

April 3, 2018 | 9:00am
Once you open your financial aid award letter, you might start feeling like you’re reading another language. To help you translate your letter, here are some of the unfamiliar phrases you may come across. Award This will be the first word to catch your eye when opening up your letter.

More Families are Filing FAFSAs — Why Yours Should Too

February 5, 2017 | 9:00am
Eighty-six percent. That’s the proportion of families that filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), according to How America Pays for College, a 2017 study by Sallie Mae® and Ipsos. The number is at a 10-year high — and for good reason. The FAFSA can give students access

Want to Graduate without Debt? Keep These Financial Obstacles in Mind

February 27, 2017 | 10:00am
As there are several financial obstacles that you'll face as you plan how you'll pay for your health care education, it is never too soon to start working out the details! The sooner you start, the more likely you'll be able to graduate without debt — wouldn't that be amazing?

7 Tips to Quickly Pay Off Your Student Loans

July 18, 2017 | 9:00am
You minimized your debt before starting your studies. You had a solid budget in place while you attended school. Now it's time to start repaying your student loans. Utilizing the list, spreadsheet or app you used to track what you owe and to whom, start figuring out what to pay

Spotlight on Scholarships: How to Pay for Your Health Care Education

December 1, 2016 | 9:02pm
We’ve got good news: The number of scholarships available to you is likely to surprise you. As you begin to consider paying for your health care education, focus on finding scholarships that fit your interests, skills and abilities while also offering awards large enough to reduce your tuition by a

Can You Afford Your Health Care Education?

February 16, 2017 | 10:00am
You think it's pretty reasonable to assume that all debt is bad debt, right? Not so fast! Your health care education is a worthwhile investment that will see great returns in the long run. That means that as long as you manage your finances responsibly, it's okay to have to

October 1 is Coming: Time to Start Your FAFSA Application

September 25, 2018 | 9:00am
Mark your calendars for October 1: FAFSA season is just around the corner! Starting your financial aid journey isn't the definition of exciting, but it does mean that you’re on your way to paying for your college degree. Here are some tips to start applying. Collect all the documents When

How to Pay for Your Non-Accredited Education

October 27, 2016 | 4:48pm
If you're considering choosing to attend a non-accredited school, two financial challenges may lay ahead: Not having access to federal student aid (which leads to private student loans) and keeping federal student loans you may have in good standing during school. Private student loans Private student loans tend to have

How Much Your Health Care Education Will Actually Cost You

October 20, 2016 | 8:18pm
Let’s say the sticker price for your dream college is $35,000 per year—this includes tuition, fees, room and board charges, and an allowance for books, supplies, transportation and personal expenses. Now let’s say that you can’t afford to pay $35,000 to attend this school, but you really like the school

What’s the Deal with No-Loan Policies?

October 6, 2016 | 9:31pm
Can you imagine graduating from college without any debt? In an effort to attract and serve students from all backgrounds, increase economic diversity and reduce loan indebtedness, some colleges began creating no-loan policies over a decade ago. A no-loan policy replaces student loans with grants (money you do not have

Graduate College in Four Years or Less

September 26, 2016 | 8:53am
The longer you take to obtain your degree, the more expensive that degree becomes. Here are three tips that can increase the chances you graduate college in four years or less. Tip #1: Plan Ahead If you are in high school, your guidance counselor can administer a career interest inventory

Your Roadmap to Health Care Career Success: Senior Year

September 19, 2016 | 7:06pm
In recent posts, we’ve shared freshman, sophomore and junior year directions for students who are planning on a health care career that requires graduate school. Finally, it's senior year! Be sure to check out our general health care education overview plan, too.   During Senior Year Keep up your grades.

7 Ways to Cover Medical School Costs

March 1, 2018 | 9:00am
If you want to get into the health care field, you're going to need to dedicate time to planning how you will finance this next chapter of your education and career. Student debt is no joke: 37% of adults say they have outstanding student loans for their education. You need to

How to Pay for a Graduate Degree in Health Care: Scholarships

January 26, 2021 | 4:53pm
  Insights on Paying as Little as Possible for a Degree in the Health Professions At first glance, the expenses associated with earning a graduate degree in the healthcare field can seem daunting. But don’t let a program’s official sticker price deter you from pursuing your dream. By carefully researching

Did You Budget This into Your Overall College Cost?

January 15, 2019 | 5:20pm
One of the most important things you learn as an adult is how to create and set a budget. Most people learn while they're attending college and need to start keeping an eye on their monthly/yearly costs are after factoring loans and financial aid. Everyone first thinks of paying for

The Ins and Outs of Distance Learning

November 9, 2017 | 1:47pm
Today’s education system has shifted drastically from even 30 years ago. Now students are able to complete college requirements in a variety of ways, without ever stepping foot on campus. From dual enrollment courses in high school to CLEP exams, students can effectively start college with a semester or more

10 Must-know Acronyms for Future Health Care Students

November 7, 2017 | 9:00am
“I need a CBC and EKG, stat!” We’ve all heard these acronyms, and many others being thrown around on television shows and in the emergency room. But what do they mean, and which ones do you really need to know? Each profession has their own internal language, from ten-codes in

Community Connect Day Events Schedule

October 5, 2017 | 2:29pm
Thursday, November 9, 2017 Visit a health professions community event near you on Thursday, November 9! Events are listed below by state. Some events, as noted, take place on other days. Check back often for new additions. Share your experience by posting pictures of what you’ve learned on Instagram, Twitter

Planning a Campus Visit? Read These Tips Before You Go

March 13, 2017 | 9:00am
If you are trying to decide which graduate schools to apply to, or which to attend if you have already been accepted, do not skip the campus visit! Taking the time to experience what attending the school will be like by seeing the school in-person and meeting faculty members and

FAQ

December 4, 2016 | 4:45pm
Here you'll find the most frequently asked questions we've received about health care careers. If you can't the find answer to your question, email us at feedback@explorehealthcareers.org and we'll work with our health career experts to find the answer. Quick links Finding Career Information Employment Prospects Career Education and Preparation

Should You Seek an Admissions Counselor for Your Ivy League Dreams?

September 28, 2017 | 9:00am
Interested in applying to a competitive college? Perhaps an Ivy League school? Top ranking schools are looking for prepared and impressive candidates, so the key is to make yourself stand out as much as possible. You can start preparing by working with professionals who know the most about applying to

Paying Outside of the Box: Unique Sources of Funding for Your Health Care Education

November 28, 2016 | 8:36pm
You may be generally aware of loans, grants and scholarships, but did you know that there are other unique sources of funding that could potentially pay for your health care education as well? In this post, we’ll explore two of these “outside of the box” funding sources: corporate and association

Public vs. Private Schools: What’s the Difference?

January 9, 2018 | 9:00am
Before applying to college, you'll spend hours researching your top choices and your safety schools. In your search, you may see that the schools will be described as “private” or “public.” Public colleges are those owned and supervised by states, while private schools are just that, ones that are owned

3 Post-Pandemic Questions to Ask Grad School Admissions Offices

April 23, 2020 | 10:45am
How a higher education institution treats its students, faculty and staff during a crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic says a lot about what you can expect if you choose to attend that school. If you’re in the process of choosing a school, keep this in mind and ask these three