Today's Featured College Tips
Tip: Finding Scholarships
You can look for scholarships in your high school guidance office, college financial aid offices, at the library, or online. Good online scholarship search services to try are Scholarship Experts, WiredScholar, CollegeXpress, and Financial Aid Officer. These services have the most accurate and updated scholarship information.

Tip: Don´t Be Afraid to Drop a Class
Knowing your limits involves knowing whether a class or a schedule is too overwhelming for you. If the class you are in is required, then try it again with a different professor. Different teaching styles work with different students. Don´t overuse this option, but know that it is there for you. Remember to check with your advisor and/or financial aid department before you drop a class to make sure you are still within your scholarship or student loan requirements.

Tip: Research the Professor
Research the professor as well as the course. Many universities have a lot of flexibility when it comes to electives or when you can take a course. Take the time to find out who is teaching the course before you take it. Ask friends who know the professor and also go to the student union office where they can often give you the information you need. If you are already enrolled in a class with a professor who has a bad reputation, consider dropping the class and retaking it when it is taught by a professor whom you will enjoy.

Tip: High School Preparation- Volunteering
Yes, volunteering is important! Not only will you be contributing to your community, you will increase your marketability to colleges. You can also become eligible for far more scholarships when you volunteer your time and talent.

Tip: Be Careful of Plagiarism
Stay alert in your writing and do not plagiarize. Sometimes you may read something and then unintentionally include it almost verbatim in a written report. These kinds of things happen, but try to prevent this by always citing your sources. Your professor will usually tell you which citation style to use. Professors know the tricks, and should you be reported, you can kiss your college career goodbye.

Tip: Take Advantage of Your Student ID
Many students forget that their student ID is a gold mine for savings. In many towns, students get discounts at the movies, stores, museums, play houses, bars and even restaurants. So take advantage of your student ID and take it everywhere you go!

Tip: Read, Read, and then, Read Some More!
Read any assignments provided, and most importantly, read that syllabus! It´s given out for a purpose. If you have time to read leisurely, do so! Just the familiarity with texts will help improve your grammar, spelling, and communication skills.

Tip: Online Education Courses
There are many courses available to students online. They vary from vocational courses to obtaining your masters. To find out more about the courses and subjects available, do some online research and see what you come up with.

Tip: Finding the Right School
Confused about which college or university to attend? Remember you are purchasing an education...research and shop around before making your decision. Also find out what scholarships or financial aid the schools will offer you. Be sure this is the right school for you.

Tip: Stepping into a Career
When looking for jobs after college graduation, focus on your studies. Hopefully you considered your future career when you chose your courses.

Your college activities should support your post-graduate plans. You should have a major in your career field, but you can minor in an unrelated area.

Get involved with campus organizations connected with your career choice, also. Many majors have clubs that you may want to join.

Tip: Student Unions
Take advantage of student resources that may be available at the university or college that you are attending. In addition to a general student union office, faculties may have their own student union office where you can get information on course content, past exams, or even tutors to help you with current classes. There is no charge for the information and the information can be extremely invaluable. Plus, you may be able to take advantage of scholarship opportunities as a student union member.

Tip: When to Apply
Unsure about when to start applying? Use a college planning calendar, checklist and timetable. Meeting deadlines is crucial, so plan ahead and allow plenty of time to choose the college that is right for you.

Tip: Apply Again and Again
Didn´t get that scholarship you applied for? Keep trying. Apply for as many as you possibly can, every month, every semester until you graduate. The more you apply, the better your chances of getting a scholarship.

Tip: Text Books
Be sure to purchase your text books used. Shop early to find the best selection. Also look into seeing if there are any off campus bookstores, they sometimes provide books at a lower cost. If you are lucky, your scholarship or loan will pick up the cost of books. However, even if your books are paid for, you should still try to find the lowest price so that you can keep the left over money. At the end of the semester...sell it back to the bookstore.

Tip: Campus Visits
- Take advantage of the campus tours. It is crucial that you visit the campus before you make a final decision.

- Be sure to take a campus tour while school is in session; avoid visits during breaks or final exam weeks.

- Schedule a campus tour appointment and an interview appointment (if applicable).

- Contact the school to arrange a host for an overnight stay or make hotel arrangements (many local hotels will give you a discount if you are visiting a campus).