If your college advertises during the commercial breaks of The Jerry Springer Show…that’s a bad sign.
When a large school tries to take over a smaller school they usually try to convince the students and employees that everything will remain the same, just under their “umbrella”.
Except it isn’t really an umbrella. Its more like a giant starfish. And while you think they’re protecting you in a big warm embrace they’re actually devouring the culture, jobs and resources of your little school right into their belly.
I’m a Financial Aid professional with 17 years of experience including a traditional University, a career training school and most recently at a private fine arts college. I understand the important role Financial Aid serves in creating college access for students and in helping Admissions reach specific enrollment goals. I am skilled at counseling, verification, awarding, disbursements, reconciliations, reporting (IPEDS/FISAP/Gainful Employment/NPC) and am proud to say hold a record of spotless A133 audits.
Here’s where you come in:
I want to relocate to Florida. All of my family lives there and frankly, I am done with the winters in the northeast.
I hold an MBA (cum laude), am well-liked by my coworkers, and can provide professional references from both the Vice President of Admissions and President at my current school.
I’m no slouch. I show up on time, dress sharp, return phone calls promptly, and work late when needed. I even run this blog on the side with no incentive other than to help teenagers see the Financial Aid picture more clearly. That’s dedication.
I visit Florida often and would like to interview at your school.
Seriously. I am a real worker bee.
"Stop your messing around"
If you haven’t settled your bill for Fall semester…do it NOW.
You don’t want to get dropped from your classes or hit with a late fee from your school.
It’s important to not let college financing get you too worked up emotionally.
While you’re hyper-focused on a loan you might miss a scholarship or job opportunity that is right in front of you.
Watch this Matisyahu video and you’ll understand.
2014 scholarship recipients include:
• Rachel Braman of Loudonville, NY helps others as the Project Director of the Anti-Human Trafficking Pro
Bono Legal Project at Albany Law School where she attends school.
• Bevin Bankston of Saunderstown, RI has participated in mission trips to Mexico, Tennessee and Turkey,
and has been involved in several community service projects in Rhode Island. He is attending New England
Institute of Technology in the fall.
• Zachary Certner of Morristown, NJ started a nonprofit organization called SNAP, Inc., which provides special
needs children with athletic and social programming. He will attend Duke University in the fall.
• Kathryn Clark of San Ramon, CA developed a resource website for newly bereaved children called “Grief
Pals”. She will be attending Cal-Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA.
• Sydney Devane of Jacksonville, FL founded “Better Bags for Kids” to eliminate foster and abused kids from
having to use garbage bags to pack their things when moving from home to home. She will be attending
University of North Florida.
• Theodore Kretzman of Poy Sippi, WI is a certified Outdoor Emergency Care Technician, National Ski Patrol,
who volunteers over 100 patrol hours per season. He will attend Michigan Technological University.
• Cindy Le of Chandler, AZ began the American Red Cross Club on her campus, providing medical supplies,
raising funds and awareness for issues impacting third world countries. She attends Arizona State University.
• Alyssa Savarino from Malden, MA volunteers at Middlesex Hospital in CT, tutors elementary and high school
students and works with children with developmental disabilities. She attends Wesleyan University.
• Ashley Williams of Los Angeles, CA co-founded the Bruin Guardian Scholars (BGS) Program, a program
that focuses on providing a peer network for foster youth, academic enrichment, and opportunities for
advocating publicly on the behalf of former and current foster youth at UCLA. She is attending Southwestern
• Christopher Yao from Jericho, Long Island, NY founded the nonprofit Kids Change the World whose mission
is to leverage the power of youth to change the lives of children around the world He attends the University
LONG STORY SHORT…YOU HAVE TO WORK HARD TO EARN SCHOLARSHIPS. AND YOU HAVE TO COMPETE AGAINST VERY ACCOMPLISHED STUDENTS.
The best way to pay off a student loan can depend on both the person and the type of loan.
High interest private loans? Fast as you can! Quick like a bunny!
Federal loans? Investigate the various repayment options at
https://studentaid.ed.gov/repay-loans and see which one fits your lifestyle
What happens when my school “merges” with another?
Despite soothing promises that only good change will happen and that the culture will not be destroyed… that’s almost never the case.
Pretty much everything will change.
The word “merger” is mis-used in these situations to quell fear. The real word is ACQUIRED.
I’m not saying trust no b*&^%# but…..
trust no b*&^%#.