Need financial aid for college? It’s almost time to apply

first_imgMary Kuhlman Jan. 1 is the start date for applications for college-bound students who want to qualify for financial aid in 2015.INDIANAPOLIS – An important window will soon open for Indiana college-bound students who need help paying for tuition.The  Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, determines how much financial aid schools can award based on a family’s financial situation.The application can be filed starting Jan. 1.Laurie Wolfe, a board member of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, says preparing now can make the process less stressful.“Now that we’re at Christmas time, that’s a good time to sit down with the family and start talking about, ‘What do we need to be looking at?’” she says. “I highly encourage people to get hold of a copy of that application now, look through it, pull together the documents that you need.”The list of documents includes income tax returns and investment statements.The application deadline is June 30, but to avoid missing any deadlines for special scholarship programs, Wolfe recommends completion before Feb. 15.Federal aid is based on need and offered through grants and loans.Wolfe says families need to understand the difference, and look at ways to reduce costs before students begin college.“Our fear is that students will not think about what happens down the road, when they graduate and they’re 20, 25, $30,000 in debt,” she says. “And they have to pay that back and, at the same time, they’re trying to buy a new car, get a new house, maybe relocate.”While in high school, Wolfe says students should consider volunteer opportunities that can be helpful experience in getting a scholarship, or high school courses that can be counted for college credit.Wolfe says another option to bring down the cost of college is to complete general education courses at a two-year school before heading to a four-year institution.“Community college runs about anywhere between $110 and $160 a credit hour, which is far less than what it would cost at the four-year publics or the four-year privates,” she says. “So, that’s one thing to look at.”For Indiana residents, Wolfe says annual student tuition and fees average about $3,000 at a community college, $8,000 for public universities and $30,000- for private colleges.last_img read more

Other Sports Pooja Dhanda creates history with wrestling bronze in World Championship

first_imgNew Delhi: Pooja Dhanda created history for India in the World Wrestling Championships by securing the bronze medal with a stunning 10-7 win over the 2017 European champion Grace Jacob Bullen in Budapest on Thursday.Dhanda became only the fourth Indian woman wrestler after Alka Tomar, Geeta Phogat and Babita Phogat to secure a medal in the World Championships. Earlier, in the men’s section, Bajrang Punia had secured a historic silver medal, making him the only Indian wrestler to win two medals in the event. Read More | LIVE | CBI War: Supreme Court to hear Director Alok Verma’s plea challenging forced leave todayDhanda’s bronze medal was the first for India in six years, with Babita Phogat having won the bronze medal in 2012. Dhanda’s efforts was the only saving grace for India on a day when the other big names in wrestling failed to make it to the medal round. Ritu Phogat could not emulate the effort of her sisters as she crashed out of contention for a medal. Sakshi Malik, who had won bronze in the 2016 Rio Olympics, squandered a 2-1 lead and was eliminated from the medal’s race. Read More | Strife-torn Tamil Nadu losing grip in national politicsIn the men’s section, none of the four Indian wrestlers could make it to the medal rounds in the Greco-Roman category.Dhanda’s bronze in the World Championship continued her great run in 2018, when she settled for silver in the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.Dhanda’s bronze medal was the first for India in six years, with Babita Phogat having won the bronze medal in 2012. Dhanda’s efforts was the only saving grace for India on a day when the other big names in wrestling failed to make it to the medal round. Ritu Phogat could not emulate the effort of her sisters as she crashed out of contention for a medal. Sakshi Malik, who had won bronze in the 2016 Rio Olympics, squandered a 2-1 lead and was eliminated from the medal’s race. In the men’s section, none of the four Indian wrestlers could make it to the medal rounds in the Greco-Roman category.Dhanda’s bronze in the World Championship continued her great run in 2018, when she settled for silver in the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Experience key to Sukhram’s dominance in golf

first_imgREGARDED as one of the best female golfers both locally and in the Caribbean, Christine Sukhram has her sights on winning the Lusignan Golf Club (LGC) premier golf tournament – the Guyana Open, which is billed for November 4-5.The soft-spoken golfer is no pushover on the course, having won numerous prestigious tournaments in Guyana and the Caribbean. However, she is eagerly looking forward to the Guyana Open, with the aim to reclaim the title which she last won three years ago.“I have the experience around the greens, and my long game is pretty good most of the time I’m straight down the fairways,” she told this publication during an exclusive interview on Thursday.She added, “I came back about two weeks ago from the USA so I’m not that prepared as yet, but will try to get some practice in order to fit in my work schedule, but I don’t feel that will affect my game in anyway.”Striking the ball straight down the fairways has been the hallmark of Christine Sukhram’s budding golf career.Sukhram was the first introduced to the sport at age six by her now deceased father Basil Sukhram, himself an avid player, coach and her mentor.Sukhram’s growing love for the sport, coupled with the convenience of the course’s location, proved very valuable for her, as she was able to practise regularly and improve on her skills.At age 28, Sukhram is at the top of her game, but she is fully aware of the challenges she is expected to face, especially from defending champion, Joann Deo, who will definitely be looking to retain the title. Deo defeated Shaunella Webster after recording a total Net 138 and a Gross of 180.“I am fully aware of the challenges, but it all depends on the format of the tournament …if they play on Gross my chances are high of winning, but if they continue playing Net I will have a tough challenge there competing with the high handicappers.“I will have a game plan set up on how I want to play every hole. That way I can balance myself and stay focused,” she concluded.Golfing fans can expect a lot from her during the tournament, as she tries to reclaim her position as the ‘Queen of the Greens’.Meanwhile, in a recent interview with this publication, defending male champion Avinash Persaud feels that a positive mental approach will be the key to doing well during the tournament.In a thriller last year, Persaud finished with a total Gross of 149 and a Net aggregate of 145, but emphasised that this year’s tournament will be very challenging, taking into consideration the number of good players around.As usual, golfers from Guyana, North America and the Caribbean will compete against one another, in what will be a highly competitive two-day tournament.The LGC is using the tournament to once again aid in the sports tourism drive, as the event will draw a wide cross-section of golfers and supporters from various countries.The LGC is anticipating a large turnout of competitors on the nine-hole course, with heated rivalry in the Championship Flight (0-9 handicap), B Flight (10-18), C Flight (19-28) and Ladies Flight.last_img read more