Atchison Alternative School

January 15, 2016

Well, January is half over. Time just seems to fly as I get older. I remember when my kids were in school and we were always so busy - time drug. But now that we are empty nesters, it just flies.

I have included an article I read about paying for college. Post secondary education is an exciting time for your student but it's also stressful. Your student is trying to find a place that will be a good fit for them and for their goals in life. And then they find out how much it's going to cost . . . so then they stress about that.

I have two nieces going through this right now. One of the girls dreams of going to Nebraska, the other wants to go to Wichita State. But they both wonder how to pay for it.

So as I've been helping them - I created an online binder with scholarship information in it. If you have a 2016 graduate - look thru it and see if there is anything they can use. As always, if you have questions just call. If you have younger students keep the link - most of the scholarships will be available next year also. Here is the link and the access key:

Access key for private binder: 1111


Seven Ways to Pay For College Without Student Loans

College isn’t cheap — and the price continues to rise year after year. Student loans are the first place most prospective students look to, but they are not always necessarily the right option. Federal student loans can cover the bulk of college costs, but they may not foot the entire bill for some students. And when private student loans require a credit check or a co-signer for some borrowers with no credit history, students may not be able to utilize that option too. (You can get your free annual credit reports at and get your credit scores for free on to see where you stand.)

Here are some ways you can pay your tuition bills without taking out loans as you work toward your degree.

1. Picking the Right School

The price tags on colleges and universities can vary greatly, so you can save yourself some money by choosing wisely. In general, public schools are cheaper than private institutions. There are also schools that provide financial aid based on need, some that offer free tuition based on your academic record, and some that are free altogether. You can also consider attending community college for the first few years of school then transferring to a four-year institution, saving thousands of dollars.

2. Grants

Grants are essentially gifts typically (but not always) reserved for students who demonstrate financial need. They can be awarded by the government at the state and federal level or come from private organizations and universities. Many grants target specific segments of student by major and interest or some other defining trait (like first-generation students). You will need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA to be eligible for a federal grant. It’s also a good idea to do some online research to find others.

3. Work-Study

Student employment through the university can help fund your college expenses. The Federal Work-Study Program offers these opportunities at more than 3,400 schools, so make sure you tick the box on your FAFSA indicating interest in student employment. These are usually part-time positions that likely align with your field of study, giving you an additional resume boost.

4. Scholarships

There are all sorts of scholarships out there that you may qualify for based on your academic, athletic or community-oriented experiences. Some are highly competitive, and it’s a good idea to look for and apply to as many as you can. Qualifications may be based on background, ethnicity, location, desired area of study or something you have accomplished. Most will require a writing sample so you can prepare early by writing a few different essays that you can customize for specific scholarship offers and keep track of the key information for each one with a spreadsheet. Like grants, these do not have to be repaid.

5. Side Jobs

If possible while maintaining your studies, you can always look into leveraging your skills and work ethic into an off-campus gig. Look online and at job boards across campus or in your college town for some easy ways to earn more cash. These can range from waiting tables, working on a construction crew, acting as an administrative assistant, getting a paid internship, tutoring kids in the local community, or even freelancing your writing or design skills.

6. Crowdfunding

The newest way students are finding financial help for college education is through online crowdfunding sites like GoFundMe, DreamFund, Indiegogo and more. You can ask family and friends to pitch in any possible amount for your education and even inspire strangers by sharing your personal story. The more compelling your degree pursuit is and the better an investment you can sell yourself as, the more successful this strategy is likely to be.

7. Employer Reimbursement

If you have a job before earning your college degree, you may be able to get help funding higher education with your employer. Many will reimburse employees for part or all of college tuition costs — especially if the course or major is directly related to their current field. Check with your employer if you are looking into colleges and see if you can reach some sort of arrangement. You could even seek out employers or companies that offer this benefit if you are just starting your job search.

The cost of higher education can be overwhelming, but there are avenues you can take to afford college and enter “the real world” without carrying too much (if any) debt. All it takes is some research, a little creativity, and a lot of hard work.

What's Happening

Sat Jan 16 All day AHS Adrenaline to Columbia, Mo. All day

2:30 PM AHS BB @ Wichita Collegiate - Wichita Collegiate School, 9115 East 13th Street North, Wichita, KS 67206, United States

9:00am – 10:00am AHS WR @ St. Mary's

Mon Jan 18 All day No School - MLK Holiday

Tue Jan 19 3:30pm – 4:30pm AMS BB 8B/A @ Warren - Richard W. Warren Middle School, 3501 New Lawrence Road, Leavenworth, KS 66048, United States

4:00pm – 5:00pm AMS BB 7A/B vs. Warren - AMS Gym

7:00pm – 8:00pm AMS Parent Club Mtg.

Wed Jan 20 All day 6th grade Classroom Guidance - 6th Grade Computer Lab

All day Early Release

3:00pm – 4:00pm AHS Bowling V @ KC Bowl - KC Bowl Bowling Center, 8201 State Ave, Kansas City, KS 66112, United States

Thu Jan 21 3:00pm – 4:00pm AHS BB V @ Pittsburg Tny - Pittsburg High School, 1978 East 4th Street, Pittsburg, KS 66762, United States

4:00pm – 5:00pm AMS BB 8A/B vs. Turner - AMS Gym

5:30pm – 6:30pm WR JV/V vs ACCHS

Fri Jan 22 3:00pm – 4:00pm AHS BB V @ Pittsburg Tourney - Pittsburg High School, 1978 East 4th Street, Pittsburg, KS 66762, United States

Sat Jan 23 All day AHS Showchoir to Pleasant Hill, Mo.

All day AHS BB V @ Pittsburg Tourney - Pittsburg High School, 1978 East 4th Street, Pittsburg, KS 66762, United States

8:30am – 9:30am HS WR @ Paola Tny

9:00am – 10:00am AMS BB 7A/8A @ Topeka Classic - Seaman Middle School, 5620 Northwest Topeka Boulevard, Topeka, KS 66617, United States

1:00pm – 2:00pm AHS Bowling @ Mission Bowl(Olathe) - Mission Bowl 'n Olathe, 1020 S Weaver St, Olathe, KS 66061, United States

What's For Lunch

January 18th NO SCHOOL

January 19th Chicken Nuggets

January 20th Hot Dog

January 21st Pizza

January 22nd Salisbury Steak