Three Tips on Getting Ready to Apply to College:

Knowing that you’re not alone when applying for colleges is the first step in getting yourself there. Are you the first in your family to go to college? Although you may be unfamiliar with the college application process, that doesn’t mean it is impossible.

Seeking out mentorship throughout the process is important for everyone and is the first step in applying for college. Mentors will not only aid your success as a college student, but they can help you with the things you should be doing before college even starts. (Bonus: If you maintain a strong relationship with your mentor, he or she can help guide you throughout college and even in your career!)

(1) If you’re not sure where to look for a mentor, start with your high school guidance counselor. It’s their job to help you with the college application process. When you meet with them for the first time, don’t be afraid to tell them about who you are and the plans you have for the future. Make sure to bring up: your academic record, what you are looking for in a college, what you want to be when you grow up, and finally, your financial situation.

(2) Visit as many college campuses as you can so you can get a feel for where you want to spend your years after high school graduation! Start by looking at the three undergraduate campuses of the University of Nebraska:

 


(3) After you’ve fallen in love with either UNL, UNO or UNK, you can start preparing to finance your college experience. If you’re worried about paying for college, be sure you’re receiving updates from Collegebound Nebraska. We want to help you on your journey toward college and make going to a University of Nebraska campus possible by covering tuition costs for those who qualify. If you’re eligible, you can attend any University of Nebraska campus and pay NO TUITION! Be sure to check out whether you could qualify for the Collegebound Nebraska promise today!

Good Habits to Form Before College

Success in college takes more than good grades and a level head. It takes the right set of habits too. There are characteristics you can form on your own to transition into a smooth-sailing college experience. Before setting foot on campus, test yourself by trying to adopt these habits listed below. Forming these habits will ensure a steady four years in college, and best of all, you can keep these habits for your first job. 

Punctuality
Being on time is a crucial factor in college. Absences and tardies can quickly add up, and potentially lead to a poor grade or even expulsion from the class. Invest in a real alarm clock instead of your cellphone’s alarm for added precaution. Missing class might seem easy to do, but it will complicate things later. 

Discipline
Your parents and teachers won’t be around to remind you to study and do homework. It’s up to you to get the job done! Commit yourself to working on homework and studying outside of the classroom. Building a discipline in your studies will advance you further into your major and earn a stellar grade. 

Time management
Everything you’ll do in college is centered on time management. Club sports, homework, study time, hanging out, eating and anything else will require you to take a look at your schedule and do some rearranging. Don’t overload and try to multitask if possible. It might take some time to find the right rhythm, but it will happen. 

Perseverance
No matter what challenge is thrown you direction you should always persevere through it. Whether it’s a difficult chemistry exam or a lengthy paper, you should always keep your eye on the prize. Persevering through the small challenges will lead you to the finish line — graduation. 

5 Ways to Grow Yourself Outside of the Classroom

Without a doubt, your in-class education is an important part of growing into a knowledgeable adult, but it shouldn’t stop there. What you do outside of the classroom matters. Instead of letting life pass you by this summer, you should be proactive with your free time. Don’t worry, there will still be time to hit the pool and spend time with friends. Pick one of the activities below and you’ll reap the benefits later.

Volunteer

This is and always will be a great way to use your extra time. It’s a way to give back to your community and show that you care at the same time. Pick a cause, or several, to support and do your part!

Part-time Job

It’s never too early to start making money and building your career! Working at a part-time job will teach you to be punctual, motivated and hardworking if done the right way. Try picking a company related to the industry you’re interested in for added benefits to your experience.

Refining Hobbies or Skills

Whether it’s playing the piano or shooting hoops, it always pays off to be good at something. Practicing your passions and mastering them can lead you to scholarships and a better sense of what you want to do for a career if you haven’t decided yet. Practice truly makes perfect and it also builds discipline.

Internship

The sooner you can delve into internships will make you all the better. Internships are exactly what employers are looking for on resumes. They prove that you were active in the field and willing to learn. Don’t waste time! Find an internship that aligns with your career goals and learn as much as you can.

Find a Mentor

Know what you want to major in? Perfect. Find someone who is already in the program and ask them to be your mentor. If you know what job you’re interested in, then you can do better by finding someone who has that job. Ask them how they got to where they are in their career and for other advice on what it takes to land their job. They’ll be flattered by your interest and you’ll make a connection with someone in your chosen industry.

America’s View on College in 2014

College has always been an investment, sometimes too steep for many American families. After the economic crisis in 2008, American parents put saving money for college on the back-burner to funnel money elsewhere. As a result, fewer high school students were going to college and if they did go, then it was financed with student loans.

Luckily, things have changed for the better. A recent study published my Sallie Mae, a company that works closely with student loans, found that college parents now strongly value higher education and want their teens to go to college. Take a look at some of the main findings below: 

  • 89 percent agree that college is an investment in their child’s future.
  • 89 percent believe their child will earn more money with a college degree.
  • 70 percent would send their child to college regardless of ability to earn
  • 90 percent are willing to stretch financially for their child to attain a college education. 

Although these stats prove that college has become a priority for parents, there is one issue that Collegebound Nebraska can help with. The last statistic is too high with 90 percent of parents willing to stretch wallets to make ends meet for college. This where we come in.

As a tuition assistance program, Collegebound Nebraska can provide FREE tuition to qualified students. It’s only a matter of filling out the FAFSA and meeting the qualifications. Visit our website to see what we can do to help you and your parents avoid becoming stretched financially. 

The Perks of College

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We hear it time and time again, “college will change your life for the better.” There’s no doubt that getting a college degree will provide you with more opportunities, room to travel along a career path and even a better salary than those who aren’t college graduates. However, that’s not the end of the list. The perks of attending college extend beyond what’s constantly said. Take a look at some of the perks of college down below. 

  1. Self-awareness. This might not seem important at this point in time, but it will do you a favor as you mature. Learning more about yourself, your perspective on the world and how you fit into it are fundamental parts of growing up. College will help unfold these thoughts and  ultimately help you grow. 

  2. Independence. Being on your own for the first time is liberating and enlightening. You’ll start to learn how to take care of yourself without being depended on others. The college experience gives you life lessons that are challenging, but easy to catch on to. 

  3. Connections. There’s no way that you won’t leave college without a solid network of connections. You’ll meet professors who are experts in your field and other students who have the same interests as you. What’s even greater is their connections are your connection. 

  4. Humility. At this point, it’s easy to think that you have a grasp on the way this world works. By the time you leave with a college degree, you’ll find that there is much more discover beyond what you already know. College will keep your mind open to new concepts and you’ll be all the better by it. 
College Enrollment: Low-income Students Trail Behind Others

College has always been one of the best ways to work toward a better life with more opportunities. Students from different backgrounds have been encouraged to get a college degree to avoid remaining low-income citizens. However, there are some facts to know about the latest in college enrollment.

Although enrollment among low-income students has gradually increased in the last several decades, it still remains as the lowest percentage. The percentage for high-income students enrolled in college is 81 percent while middle-income students are at 65 percent. Coming in last are the 51 percent of low-income students enrolled in college. 

Despite this fact, low-income student enrollment in college has increased by 20 percent since 1975, which is a great accomplishment. However, it’s up to tuition assistance programs like Collegebound Nebraska to encourage, excite and educate students about college. It’s up to students like you to challenge yourself and use your resources to get that degree! 

College comes with a hefty price tag, but nothing is impossible with Collegebound Nebraska and your commitment to become a graduate. Take a look at our website and explore the many reasons why college is not only possible, but completely necessary. 

Methods of Money Management

Managing money is no walk in the park, but learning how to do it the right way sooner is much better than figuring it out later. Financial matters can quickly turn unfortunate if you aren’t mindful of spending, saving and budgeting. A confident understanding of the three will keep you stress-free and focused on more important parts of your life like college and family.

Here are some methods of money management to remember:

Track Everything:
This might sound tedious, but you’ll find this habit to become instinctual. Try creating categories that represent how you spend your money (food, clothing, bills, etc.) At the end of the day, write down how much you spent in each category to keep track of how you disperse your money. 

Develop a Budget:
Once you’ve caught on to your spending habits, you should create a budget based on them. This is a good way to determine how much you’ll be able to save without harming your budget. Be reasonable about your budget and don’t forget to include bills!

Start an Emergency Fund:
After developing your budget, you can use the money you’re able to save to create an emergency fund a.k.a. your savings account. Using your savings only when you absolutely have to is a good rule of thumb. For a steady rate of savings, you must live with in the means of your budget.