College Resources & Scams
Indiana is like most states, and a recent study by The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce revealed by 2018, 55 percent of jobs in Indiana will require post-secondary education.
Students of all ages – from kindergarten through college and adulthood – can be winners when they prepare for and pursue higher education.
Led by the state’s Learn More Indiana initiative, the Cash for College campaign promotes specific, practical steps to help students at all levels get to and through college. This campaign, which leads up to Indiana’s March 10 financial aid deadline, offers a variety of resources:
- student scholarship contests;
- free services like the new Indiana College Costs Estimator; and
- a dedicated website with the latest news and information at CashforCollegeIndiana.org.
State survey data reveals about 70 percent of Indiana’s would-be first generation college students don’t think they can afford post-secondary education. We want those students to know college is possible for all Hoosiers, and encourage them to take advantage of the resources and assistance available to them
Financial Connects offers 40 “best of web” scholarship and college information websites – click on the Financial Connects logo below to learn how you can go to college.
Four of the most helpful websites are:
IndianaCollegeCosts.org - This free service provides Hoosier families with consistent and accurate estimates of college costs across all Indiana campuses, both public and private. The site features side-by-side comparisons of college costs, expected family contribution estimates, “Ask the Expert” sessions and more.
CashforCollegeIndiana.org – Updated annually in the lead-up to Indiana’s March 10 financial aid deadline, Cash for College works to equip students and families with the practical steps needed to plan and pay for college. The campaign supports local students and communities with a variety of helpful resources, including grade-specific goals, student contests and special events. I ndiana’s Cash for College Campaign is made possible by Learn More Indiana, a partnership of the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, the Indiana Department of Education, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development and the State Student Assistance Commission of Indiana. Additional support is provided by Indiana’s colleges and universities, the Lumina Foundation for Education, USA Funds and the U.S. Department of Education.
LearnMoreIndiana.org - Indiana’s one-stop-shop for helping Hoosiers plan and pay for college is available online at this website. It features specific goals for all students, promotional materials, details on special contests and events, links to a variety of online resources and more. Updates on Learn More Indiana are also available on Facebook and Twitter
First Generation Student - This is a personal favorite of the Net Literacy team! It is filled with great information that you can immediately put to use:
- What’s the lowdown on college?
- How do you find – and get – a great internship?
- Want a free SAT prep, ACT prep, the common app, college budget calculator, or federal student aid info?
Visit http://www.firstgenerationstudent.com/ for the details!
Almost everyone that really wants to go to college can choose to earn $100,000s of dollars over their lifetime and graduate from college. Net Literacy encourages student success through high school and college!
It’s unfortunate that just like in the “real world,” there are those that take advantage of the unaware online through scholarship scams. Don’t be ripped off and read or watch the four articles below:
- Six Scams that Target Students (US News and World Report) http://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/college-cash-101/2009/10/13/6-scams-that-target-college-students
- Five College Money Scams (Smart Money) http://www.smartmoney.com/spending/rip-offs/five-college-money-scams-23797/
- Avoiding College Prep Scams (MSNBC) http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/32689062#32689062
- Wallet Pop – Welcome to the School of Hard Knocks!http://www.walletpop.com/2010/08/11/scholarship-fraud-welcome-to-the-school-of-hard-knocks
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