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3 Reasons to File Your FAFSA Applications Early

Posted by Jamie Grant on 12/1/16 7:28 AM

Scanning the cafeteria menu in the crowded line, Sarah overheard two fellow students talking about filling out financial aid forms for college. She wondered why the students were relieved to have the FAFSA application process completed so early. Wasn’t there plenty of time for filling out the college FAFSA forms? Sarah pulled out her phone and Googled Free Application For Federal Student Aid, in order to research the FAFSA application process with more scrutiny. Surprisingly, she discovered that there is not an unlimited supply of money for students seeking financial aid, the directives on the FAFSA website noted that there may be limited funds for a few Federal Student Aid programs. The key is to apply as soon as possible when trying to secure the best possible funding sources. Grateful for the time-sensitive discovery, Sarah filled out her FAFSA application with the help of her parents later that evening.

Now, Sarah’s story is only based on a true story, but what is entirely accurate is that often students (and their parents!) don't realize -- until it's too late -- the importance of submitting their FAFSA forms earlier than normal.

Note: Silver Lake College knows that considering a higher education can be stressful and overwhelming. That’s why SLC has put together a College Admissions Resource Library to help answer some of your questions and concerns.

Here are three reasons to get ahead and file your FAFSA applications early:

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Topics: FInancial Aid

4 Questions to Ask Before Pursuing a Graduate Degree in Educational Leadership

Posted by Jamie Grant on 11/23/16 7:33 AM

Many parents, students, administrators and teachers alike are dissatisfied with some aspect of the education system. Whether it’s a teaching-to-the-test mentality, a lack of focus on the arts, too few male teachers, too few females in STEM or lack of funding for low performing school systems, everyone has a complaint.

Teachers have the most immediate understanding of what happens in the classroom, the center of learning. This lends them a unique perspective on the improvements that can make the most impact. And, this is the reason that we need teachers as leaders. The best way for teachers to move into positions of influence is to pursue a degree in educational leadership.

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Topics: Educational Leadership

3 Reasons Nursing is the Hottest Job in Health Care Right Now

Posted by Brianna Neuser on 11/17/16 7:35 AM

Are you considering a career in nursing but have questions regarding the demand for nurses nationwide?

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal offered some insight into the current state of the field of nursing, asserting the notion that now is the time to consider going for your nursing degree: “the job market for nurses is heating up in many markets, driving up wages and sign-on bonuses for the nation’s fifth-largest occupation.”

Note: Did you know that Silver Lake College just launched a four-year BSN program? We invite you to learn more about this no-wait list program that went into effect during the fall of 2016.

But why is the need for nurses increasing? Here are 3 reasons nursing is one of the hottest jobs in healthcare right now.

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Topics: Nursing

How Work Colleges Can Prevent Debt & Joblessness

Posted by Jamie Grant on 11/10/16 7:45 AM

Academics and location are obvious factors to carefully consider when choosing a college. But one consideration often left unthought of is — where your college or university of choice will leave you professionally and financially post graduation. Will it give you work experience? Will it leave you in debt or in good financial standing? Or, will you be so busy focusing on your studies that it would be nearly impossible to find time to even apply for a job?

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Topics: Silver Lake Work College, Work College Model

The Value of Franciscan Education

Posted by Jamie Grant on 10/27/16 4:00 PM

Silver Lake is founded on Franciscan values. Often painted only as a lover of creation, Saint Francis of Assisi was a man of action. G.K. Chesterton wrote of him, “To go and do something was one of the driving demands of his nature.”  And that is and has been the goal and mission of Silver Lake for 81 years. 

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Topics: Franciscan Tradition

Why Campus Visits Are Still Important

Posted by Benjamin Wideman on 10/19/16 9:32 AM

The classic Reuben is a deli sandwich, served hot. It’s comprised of corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and Russian dressing all packed between two slices of grilled rye bread. (And, it’s delicious.)

But knowing the ingredients and hearing that it’s a tasty sandwich don’t give you an accurate experience of the hot, grilled and crunchy sandwich on your taste buds. Maybe you won’t like it. Maybe you will.

Similarly, you can hear all about the various “ingredients” available at a particular college. But you’ll miss out on the true flavor unless you visit for yourself.

Here are four reasons why you should take advantage of a campus visit to the college of your interest.

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Topics: Campus visits

The 5 Principles of a Work College Model

Posted by Jamie Grant on 10/7/16 1:00 PM

We live in a time when far too many students graduate with four-year degrees only to struggle in finding or keeping a job. Sometimes we can blame location and lack of employment opportunities, but oftentimes these graduates have a significant lack of work experience.

A work college is designed to equip students with practical, applicable professional skills. This model requires students to participate in a work-learning-service program, which enables students to graduate in good financial standing (money earned is applied directly toward tuition cost), as well as with valuable work experience that enables them to transfer their skills to any position.

Here are five principles of a work college model and how they can prepare you for success upon graduation.

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Topics: Work College Model, SLC Works

7 Careers for Art Majors

Posted by Jamie Grant on 9/15/16 10:35 AM

Some things about college can be overwhelming: deciding which college to attend, and what major is going to best fit your needs and prepare you for a career after graduation.

One common misconception of an undergraduate degree in art is that it’s difficult to secure a job upon graduation. But that’s not necessarily the case: check out these seven careers for those with a bachelor’s degree in art.

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Topics: Art

RN vs. BSN: How to Make the Right Decision for Your Nursing Career

Posted by Brianna Neuser on 9/8/16 10:30 AM

Two Kinds of Settlers 

Imagine two settlers in the early American West. One settler decides that he’ll be satisfied with a simple life at the foothills of a mountain. The second settler chooses to venture onward up the mountain. He wants a grander view of the plains below, and he has the stamina to get there.

Now scratch the settler thing. Settler Number 1 is like a nurse with an ADN (Associate’s Degree in Nursing) and Settler Number 2 is like a nurse with a BSN (Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing).

Neither path is inherently superior; it just depends on what you want with regards to your career.

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Topics: Nursing

An International Student's Map Through the TOEFL iBT

Posted by Benjamin Wideman on 9/1/16 10:30 AM

Attending college in the U.S. holds a variety of educational opportunities — flexibility in coursework, cutting-edge technology, opportunities for research, campus life experience, and diversity.

If this appeals to you and you’re looking to apply to study in the U.S., then you’re aware that you have to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT in order to apply to colleges in the U.S. However, you may not know what that entails.

Here is what you need to know about the TOEFL iBT.

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Topics: International Students

About This Blog

Deciding where, when and by what means to go to college can be a difficult decision process. We want to help! The Silver Lake Blog is intended to be a resource as you navigate these choices, from what type of school to choose to how to finance your education. Watch this space for helpful tips. 


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