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Olympic Swimmer Races to College

Robyn Tellefsen | November 30, 2012

Missy Franklin became a household name this summer as we watched her swim her way to four gold medals at the London Olympics. Not only did we love the wins, but we also loved getting to know this fun, down-to-earth athlete.

Since then, of course, offers have been flying fast and furious, urging the 17-year-old to forego higher ed and turn pro. So what does the Colorado girl who’s been swimming since she was 5 decide to do? She chooses college. [Read More]

How to Repay Your Federal Student Loans

Robyn Tellefsen | November 28, 2012

When you’re first starting college, loans may feel like free money that arrives at just the right time to help you achieve your higher ed goals. But once you finish college, you’ll discover that your loan officer is not Santa Claus, handing out free gifts.

The good news: If you have a federal student loan, you won’t be hit with bills the minute you toss your cap in the air. Borrowers are given a six-month grace period to get a job and hopefully get their act together. For May grads, unfortunately, the grace period is over and it’s time to pay the piper. But how will you manage your loan payments? [Read More]

Laptops, smartphones are key accessories for students, but pen and paper aren't completely out, either.

Counting your blessings is a healthy exercise any time of year, but Thanksgiving brings thankfulness to the forefront and serves as a reminder to be grateful for everything we have. For 2012, we decided to list 12 reasons to be thankful for a college education. Comment up if you think of more! [Read More]

If you’re among the many college-bound or college students affected by Sandy, here are some other helpful programs going on this week to be aware of… Good luck to you all! [Read More]

The Impact of Hurricane Sandy on College Admission

Robyn Tellefsen | November 9, 2012

impact of hurricane sandy on college admissions

As Hurricane Sandy ripped through the Northeast, many were left without power for days, rendered homeless, or even lost loved ones.

Another side effect of all this devastation? An impact on students who were hard at work on their college applications. But colleges have responded to the crisis to ensure that students who have been impacted by the storm won’t be penalized for a late application. [Read More]

Scholarships for Online Students

The CollegeBound Network | November 9, 2012

Today’s guest post comes from Melissa Woodson, the community manager for @WashULaw.

With the increased enrollment in online degree programs over the last five years, one of the biggest concerns potential online students have is about the amount of scholarships or financial aid available, and if this amount differs greatly from more traditional programs. The good news is that scholarships abound for online classes and degree programs – the bad news is that (like scholarships for more traditional programs) they’re not always easy to find. Here are some online resources that you should utilize when looking for financial aid for your online education. [Read More]

College Students Helping Hurricane Sandy Victims

Lori Johnston | November 7, 2012

As you may know, The CollegeBound Network is headquartered in Staten Island, NY, and our colleagues, friends, and loved ones have been severely impacted by the devastating Hurricane Sandy. We’ve been uplifting by the generosity of others, the true power of the human spirit to hope and endure, and by all of you for your continued prayers and well wishes. In our own offices, we’ve been pulling together through our recently launched CollegeBound Cares service initiative, to collect, donate, and distribute items to those who have suffered great losses in our community. If you’re interested in helping our efforts, don’t hesitate to reach out.

Of course, the tremendous outpouring of support and assistance is coming from all over the nation, including from college and university students. Read more about what students are doing to help victims of Hurricane Sandy… [Read More]

It can be tough to wade through all the rhetoric to find out what really matters this election season. That’s why we’ve taken the liberty of breaking it down for you. Take a look at the top 5 election issues you should concern yourself with before you cast your vote – because, believe or not, the outcome of the election will affect your education and your future. [Read More]