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11 Online Courses for High School Students

It's never too early to start preparing for college. The college admissions process can be overwhelming, but there are ways to make it more manageable. Here are a few college prep courses we recommend for high school students looking to get a head start on their college journey. » Looking for other online courses? Check out our resource page Online college prep courses for high school students One way to mitigate the stress of college in high school is to start…

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8 Coursera Computer Science Courses, Specializations and Degree Programs

Computer science skills — like programming and information technology — are valuable additions to any resume. In today's technology and data-driven world, employers are always searching for candidates who possess practical computer science skills. These Coursera computer science courses, specializations and degree programs can help prepare recent graduates for the workforce or help mid-career professionals make a job pivot. » Looking for other online courses? Check out our resource page Coursera computer science courses Coursera courses are flexible and 100% online.…

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9 Coursera Business Courses, Specializations and Degrees

Whether you're looking for a career change, starting your own business or improving your existing company, business skills — such as finance, negotiation, leadership, marketing and administration — are valuable assets in any industry. Investing your time in learning business skills can help you find fulfillment and improve your employability — these Coursera business courses, specializations and degrees can help. » Looking for other online courses? Check out our resource page Coursera business courses  Coursera courses include several weeks of modules…

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What Are Hybrid Jobs and Why Do They Matter?

Hybrid jobs are multi-disciplinary, specialized roles that require a wide array of skills from different fields. For instance, digital marketing managers need to combine creativity with data analytics. Successful software engineers need design instincts in addition to their technical skills. Hybrid jobs are growing twice as fast as non-hybrid jobs and they pay 20-40% more, according to a 2019 report by Burning Glass Technologies, a job market analytics company.  In order to prepare themselves for future job market demands (and…

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What is EFC (and Why Does it Matter)?

EFC stands for expected family contribution. It’s the amount that the government and colleges calculate you should be able to pay out of pocket toward college costs. It's also used to calculate the amount of need-based financial aid students qualify for. Many families don’t know that they have some control over their EFC. By understanding how your expected family contribution is calculated and used by colleges, you can learn EFC-reducing strategies that can increase your student’s financial aid eligibility and…

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Scholarship Displacement

Third-Party Scholarships and Outside Scholarships: How to Find Them And What to Watch Out For

Once you’ve filed the FAFSA and are awaiting financial award letters from colleges, students should take some time to pursue what are commonly referred to as third-party scholarships, or money awarded from organizations other than the colleges themselves. Third-party scholarships, also known as outside scholarships or private scholarships, can help fill unmet need that's not covered by your financial aid package. However, it's important to check colleges' policies on outside scholarships because different schools treat them differently. Here's what you…

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10 Coursera Data Science Courses, Specializations, Certificates and Degrees

In recent years, data science has become one of the most popular and profitable professions. What makes a career in data science so lucrative? Today, every industry uses data to maximize their revenue. Data scientists have the skills to help companies make data-driven decisions. As industries continue to become more and more data-driven, the need for data scientists continues to grow. Here are 10 Coursera data science courses, specializations, certificates and degree programs to consider. » Looking for other online courses?…

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7 Soft Skills Courses From Coursera

Even the most technically strong team needs “soft” skills like leadership, communication, and critical thinking in order to succeed — especially given the growth of so-called "hybrid jobs." Here are our recommendations of soft skills courses that can help prepare new college grads for the workplace: 1. The Science of Well-Being Yale University This personal development course is designed to help students understand how to increase their happiness and productivity—and then put it into practice. This 10-week course takes about…

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I’m a College Senior — Here’s What I Wish I’d Known Sooner

As a competitive travel soccer player, I started thinking about college early on. By the time I was a freshman in high school, I was already reaching out to coaches and going on campus visits.   I eventually chose Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Illinois. I fell in love with the environment and the soccer program. Most importantly, Trinity offered an athletic scholarship as well as an academic one.  Now, as a senior on track to graduate one semester early,…

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Merit-based Aid

5 Ways to Maximize Merit-Based Aid

Merit-based aid financial aid (typically scholarships) is financial aid that colleges give to students based on their grades and test scores. Maximizing merit-based financial aid is particularly important for middle-income families who don’t qualify for most of the need-based aid that’s available. Here are five ways to increase your student’s chances of qualifying for more merit-based financial aid. « Learn more about scholarships 1. Get good grades in college prep classes Having good grades (and a good grade point average)…

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