The college application essay doesn’t have to be an intimidating part of the process. But it’s tough to know if you should write about enduring those sleepless nights with a newborn, or how you worked your way up from an entry-level position to manager, or your amazing ability to juggle your kids’ schedules with your work. [Read More]

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Will Your Facebook Page Keep You Out of College?

Robyn Tellefsen | April 26, 2012

will facebook keep you out of college

If you’re applying to college, you’re probably already aware that admissions officers can peep your Facebook profile. Any information that’s been made public on the Internet is, well, public information. Many of us are cognizant of that fact and have blocked our profiles and posts from public consumption. But what if a school asks permission to become part of your friend network – or worse, asks for your password to tool around Facebook as if it were you?

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Refer a Friend to Online College, Get Cash

Lori Johnston | April 19, 2012

We all want to be supportive of our friends and encourage them to pursue and earn their college degrees.

Now some students can get paid for doing that!

Online schools Ashworth College and James Madison High School are paying students and graduates $50 for every friend they refer who enrolls in their programs. The friends have to be in a class for a minimum of 30 days for the students to get the cash.

Refer a friend programs that offer cash are offered by stores, restaurants, credit card companies, banks, attractions, and even college saving plans. We’re not seeing many colleges getting in on the act, though.

Ashworth College and James Madison High School (the for-profit schools are owned by the same company) are encouraging students and graduates to invite their friends via Facebook, Twitter, e-mail or direct mail. The school set the limit at earning $100 per year.

Ashworth College officials say the refer a friend marketing program is a way is seeks to introduce people to online education as an affordable alternative. Ashworth College and James Madison High School, both accredited schools, online high school diploma programs, more than 115 online college degrees, and online certificate programs.

We all can use a little extra cash, and for you, the program offers another way you can have a stake in your friends’ education.

going back to college after dropping out

Perhaps you got married or started a family. Maybe you didn’t get enough financial aid, or you couldn’t keep up with your schoolwork in addition to job responsibilities. Or perhaps you had a bad semester, you didn’t have clear direction and goals for your education and your career, or you just didn’t feel like college was worth your time and energy.

But your situation has changed. [Read More]