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It’s not about the money, money, money … … … well, actually it is

keep-calm-and-file-fafsaYou’ve probably had a barrage of communications already, but I’m going to use my little bloggy platform to remind you about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. You probably know it by its catchier nickname, FAFSA. Other than your degree finalization request, which I blogged about in December, the FAFSA may be the most important form you fill out during your college career.

More than 75 percent of degree-seeking NLU students receive some form of financial aid to help pay for their education, and the FAFSA is the basis for all of it. If you plan to take classes in summer 2014 or anytime during the 2014-2015 school year, fill out your FAFSA now! Yes, I’m exclaiming at you! I might even resort to SHOUTY ALL CAPS. It’s that important.

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Striking a balance between student and parent

shutterstock_64834870My father graduated with his Bachelor’s when I was 10 and my mother successfully completed several art classes throughout my childhood. Their dedication and effort to grow through education is one of my strongest childhood memories.

Both of my parents pursued their education while I was a kid. It was a different time then, and I was fortunate enough to join them in class often. I would sit in the back, reading, drawing or doing Mad Libs. I strongly believe that their modeling played an integral part in my desire to pursue my education but also to serve in higher education. It is possible to involve your children in your learning and be a successful student while striking a balance as student and parent. This balance can become an art form with some of these helpful tips:

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Handy holiday tips to prepare you for your diploma

diploma 2Hi. I’m the Office of the Registrar’s Sara Hoerdeman. You might remember me from such publications as the University Course Catalog and other student services Web pages. I’ll be blogging here periodically to give you a peek at what goes on behind the scenes in the Office of the Registrar, Admissions, Student Finance and more. (You’ll have to forgive the occasional pop-culture references — better here than in the policy section of the catalog, right?)

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Important services for military veterans returning to college

helping hand 1Many people ask what sets National Louis University’s Veterans Program apart from others. One of the biggest differentiators is its “wrap around” services. NLU understands that military veterans have many considerations, beyond academics, when returning to college and does its best to support them.

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Key considerations when identifying a military-friendly college or university

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For just about anything we do these days, there’s a list of frequently asked questions that most of us research before pursuing a specific decision or action. However, it’s not often that there is a list of those questions that are NOT asked frequently, but SHOULD BE. With this in mind, below is a list of non-frequently asked questions for military veterans pursuing their degree. These questions will provide you with additional insight into elements of your higher education that you should consider when searching for a “veteran-friendly” college or university.
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