It seems inevitable. At some point in your college career you will find yourself taking a course that seems disconnected to your major. You may begin to question the decision-makers who determined that this should be a required course in your program of study. When mid-terms roll around, your patience can start to wear thin. Continue reading
As you begin the process of applying to college, you will notice that college and university financial offices tend to have a vocabulary all their own. Don’t panic! It is completely normal and to be expected, so don’t be intimidated and don’t be afraid to speak up and ask for clarification if at any point you feel confused.
Acronyms in particular tend to be intimidating. Seeing a string of capital letters popping out at you from the page can make you wonder if you’re actually reading English! Don’t let it shake you! Very often, once you know what words the letters represent, the meaning becomes clear without any further explanation. Think of them as the text abbreviations of the financial aid world. Most young people recognize acronyms like LOL, TBT, TBH, etc., because these are used often in everyday messaging. If you take the time to familiarize yourself with a few basic financial acronyms, the mystery of it all will disappear and you’ll feel much more confident when it comes time to discuss your options with your school’s financial advisor.
Three very common acronyms that are used when discussing the financial side of college life are FAFSA, COA, and EFC. You may have already come across these since they are frequently mentioned during the admission process.
FAFSA = Free Application for Federal Student Aid
This is a form that enables you to determine how much financial aid you can receive from the federal government*. The form can be completed entirely online from the comfort of your own home by visiting fafsa.ed.gov or you can check out their app: myStudentAid. You will need to have some documents handy in order to complete this form – go ahead and view the list here so you know what to expect.
(By the way, any NEW student at TBC who completes and submits their FAFSA by November 1, 2018 is eligible for a $500 scholarship! If this applies to you – don’t miss out!)
COA = Cost of Attendance
Your cost of attendance includes direct education expenses (tuition, fees, etc.) at your college of choice plus estimates for indirect expenses associated with your college education. Financial aid offices develop COAs by student classification: campus resident students, commuter students, etc. All students in a certain classification will have the same COA.
Typically, your COA will include:
- Miscellaneous fees (registration fee, graduation fee, etc.)
- Meal plans/food
- Housing costs
- School supplies (computer, printer, materials for projects, etc)
EFC = Expected Family Contribution
The EFC is a measure of how much the student and his or her family can be expected to contribute toward the student’s COA for a given academic year. Each school’s financial aid office uses your EFC to determine how much financial aid you would receive if you were to attend their school. Your Federal Student Aid eligibility should be the same at all schools.
If you would like to dig a little deeper into how your EFC is calculated, you can learn more here: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/next-steps/how-calculated
We hope this helps as you move forward in your college search and application adventure. We wish you all the best! Please do not hesitate to contact us at Trinity Baptist College if you have any questions we can help answer. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 904-596-2451.
*and under which category your eligibility falls: need-based or non-need-based.
Budgeting. What emotion do you associate with that word? Boredom? Fear? Stress?
It should make you feel secure. In control. Confident, even.
There is a misconception floating around that budgets are restrictive. That they zap all the joy out of life and limit your dreams. That they make you give up your churro addiction. Continue reading
Are grants and scholarships two different ways to say the same thing? Or are they actually different?
This is a question that may be rolling around in your mind as you look ahead to your college search. The world of financial aid can sometimes sound confusing and intimidating. The truth is that minimal research on your part can answer most of your questions. Financial aid advisers are there to help with the rest! So, when you do get that far in your college search, be sure to take advantage of the advice that they have to offer! Continue reading
Getting out of bed in the morning tends to be a challenge for many people. Yes, there are “morning people” in this world – those rare human beings who naturally enjoy beginning their day before the sun peeks over the horizon. But it seems that the majority of individuals don’t fall into that category. What about you? Are you trying to figure out how to get a grip in the mornings?
Welcome, my friend. You are not alone!
Here’s the bad news: it takes work to unlearn bad habits and learn new ones. But here’s the good news: it is completely doable! Below are four helpful ideas to keep in mind as you train (yes, train) yourself to get up earlier in the mornings.
1. Peer Pressure
Plan to meet up with someone in the morning. Once in a while, peer pressure can be a good thing! In this case, it could be your saving grace. Team up with a friend who does get up on time and make plans to meet for coffee, go for a run, or anything else that peaks your interest. The key is to make it something pleasant (to you). If you’re meeting up to do something you detest, you’re setting yourself up to fail! So, if running is misery to you, don’t plan to run. Instead, tempt yourself with the prospect of a really awesome breakfast, or a trip to your favorite coffee place before class, or a workout that you actually enjoy. How about yoga? Kickboxing? See what your local gym has to offer – something might catch your attention.
If you’re serious about changing your habits to wake up earlier in the mornings, you have to be methodical and patient. Change is rarely easy and going from an 8:30am wake-up to a 5:30am wake-up will likely be a challenge! Take baby steps! Start with getting up 15 minutes earlier than usual the first week. The next week, move it back 15 minutes more. Within two weeks you’ll be waking up a full hour earlier without feeling drastic effects.
Being patient with yourself is one thing – not holding yourself accountable is another. Don’t allow yourself to slide back into old habits! Challenge yourself to beat the clock and reward yourself when you do. Track on a calendar – check the days that you get up on time and plan to celebrate when you reach an entire month of check marks. Give yourself pep talks the night before. The point is to do whatever it takes to get yourself in the mindset to want to overcome this challenge!
This is your chance to see what life is like as a control freak! The night before, think through the next morning in detail. Are you going to work out? Go to class? Go to work? Let’s assume you’re doing all three in that order. Your prep should look something like this:
- Set out workout clothes (including shoes and socks – no need to wake up your roommate digging around looking for a missing shoe)
- Decide on your outfit for class. Don’t just assume it’s ready – actually take it out of the closet for two seconds to look at it. Make sure it’s clean and presentable. Finding out the next morning that your shirt has a mustard stain on the front will totally defeat the purpose of choosing your clothes the night before.
- If your job requires a uniform, make sure that’s ready to go too.
- Pack your book bag and definitely make sure any due assignments are included.
- Set your alarm and place it somewhere that forces you to get out of bed to turn it off in the morning.
- See ideas #1 – #3
Here’s to getting started on the right track! Set a goal and amaze yourself!
At this point in your life you are very familiar with classwork, exams, and, of course, studying. If you’re in college, no doubt you are studying. At least a little! The question is, are you studying effectively? Continue reading
Over the past several years, Trinity Baptist College has developed a strong relationship with nearby Crystal Springs Elementary (CSE). Through the Federal Work Study Program and in collaboration with CSE, Trinity Baptist College was able to create a student employee position which simultaneously addresses tutoring needs in CSE and provides additional financial aid for a college student in the FWS program.
Through this program, current TBC senior, Tiffani Edwards, tutored reading and math at CSE during the 2017-2018 school year. Tiffani is an Elementary Education major and her dream is to work in the public school sector. Talking about her experience at CSE, Tiffani smiled and said,
“I’ve had experience helping kids with homework before. But I feel like this really gave me a different perspective. This is a bigger deal – the kids are being tested on this material. Some of them are behind in certain areas and I had to figure out ways to fill in the gaps.”
Typically, she would tutor 4-6 students at a time.
“It wasn’t really the whole classroom concept of being a teacher yet, but it’s one step closer to that.”
The assistant principal at CSE was very pleased with Tiffani’s work and has requested more TBC students to fill tutoring positions. Sashuas Rodriguez, an Elementary Special Education major at TBC, has accepted the tutoring position for the current (2018-2019) school year.
TBC Financial Aid Director Mark Elkins explains how this work study arrangement is of benefit to everyone involved.
The U.S. Department of Education indicates that a portion of TBC’s annual funding allocation in the Federal Work Study program must be dedicated to a wage match for a student(s) employed in a public service capacity involving reading and math tutoring. So, this is really a win-win-win-win effort. CSE students receive one-on-one help with reading and math, CSE Administration have a dedicated reading and math tutor at no cost, a TBC student gains valuable hands-on experience as well as additional financial aid, and TBC is able to give back to the community.
We are privileged to be in the position to invest in our local Jacksonville community by providing quality tutors who can help young people grow academically. In return, participating TBC students receive valuable real-world experience in their chosen area of study. This kind of practical involvement paves the way for our education majors to graduate with qualifying resume credentials as well as a passion for education.
People get weird when it’s time to say goodbye. Especially when it is a long-term goodbye. Yes, even adults.
Maybe you can identify yourself in one of the following examples:
- You get hyper and say ridiculous things that are completely immature or flat out make no sense. But you continue to jabber on and on and on, following no particular train of thought, anxious to plow through becauseyoucan’thandlethestressandwantitobeoveralready.
- You get super sensitive and cry about every look, feeling, or slight inconvenience. Why did she look at me like that? *sniff* He really said that? *tear trickles down cheek* Why won’t this suitcase just zip up already? *full-on river of tears floods face*
- You go waaaaaay off the charts in the opposite direction and distance yourself emotionally. Your stoic expression rivals George Washington’s likeness on the one dollar bill.
What is it about saying goodbye that throws people into a tailspin? It’s like we morph into overgrown toddlers hiding behind our parents on the first day of preschool. Here’s the good news: getting weird about goodbyes is actually pretty normal.
The simple answer? Goodbyes are hard. You cope by pulling out whatever internal armor you have at your disposal. And while that might get you through the moment, it may cause you to miss out on the positives to be found in the circumstances or, worse, cause the goodbye to end on a negative note.
As you approach THE goodbye that is dropping off your child at college, you may be wondering how you will handle the scenario. In your mind’s eye this young adult is still eight years old and needs help combing his/her hair. (There are so many moving parts, memories, mixed feelings, and uncertainties about this transition that it is easy to dwell on the negatives and become overwhelmed.) Instead, try to focus on the positives!
If you need some help coming up with those positives, maybe these will help get you started:
- The simple fact that they have reached this milestone means they are growing, learning, and taking strides toward adulthood.
- They are here largely because of YOU and your support, guidance, and advice.
- Hopefully, this season of their life will help them continue to mature and impact the world around them in amazing ways.
- They are confident enough to take this step and venture out on their own.
- ______________________ (Your turn! Fill in the blank!)
Here’s to a successful shift from high school to college… make it memorable! (In a positive way!)
We humans are funny. No matter how easy something is, we are always looking for a shortcut. This could stem from a genuine desire to be as effective as possible… but then again, it could come from laziness. You may have heard the saying, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” But swapping the word “necessity” for “laziness” sounds more accurate. Continue reading
There are a whole slew of firsts that come along with the first week of college.
There’s move-in day, orientation day, saying goodbye to family, locating the laundry room, living in a building full of other humans who are all roughly the same age as you (whoah!), keeping track of your own schedule (for better or for worse!)… aaaaaand posing for your first-ever college student ID picture. Exciting stuff, huh? Continue reading