National College Savings Day

piggy bankToday, May 29th (5/29) is national college savings day!

A 529 College Saving Plan is “a tax-advantaged way for families to save money for college tuition and education-related expenses. The ‘529’ refers to the section of the Internal Revenue Code that created these plans.”

The University of Alaska College Saving Plan (CSP) is an easy, tax-advantaged way to save for future college expenses. Benefits of the UA CSP are:

  • Anyone can open or contribute to a 529 account—relatives and friends.
  • A low minimum investment—you can start with as little as $25/month.
  • Your and/or your child’s PFD can be used to fund an account.
  • Any earnings are tax-deferred and you pay no federal taxes on withdrawals for qualified educational expenses.
  • No income restrictions.
  • ACT Portfolio carries a tuition value guarantee.
  • A variety of low cost, no load and no commission investment options.
  • Gift and Estate Tax benefits.
  • Account holders choose how and when funds are used.
  • Professional investment management by T. Rowe Price.

For more information visit the UA CSP website.

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Scholarship Opportunity

scholarship badge imageThe Sitka Campus has scholarship opportunities available for different programmatic and demographic uses in supporting students. Any Sitka student wishing to be considered for these awards must fill out the UA Foundation scholarship application online. Students must be in good financial aid standing and have completed the FAFSA in most cases.

The website mentions a February deadline for this application to be considered for Foundation funds but Sitka Program students can apply year-round for campus foundation funds. Interested students should complete the application and contact Chris Washko, Student Success Manager, for more instructions or with questions.

Email Chris Washko
Telephone: 907-747-7703

Open House Reminder and Schedule!

openhouseWe at UAS are excited to share our plans for this Thursday’s big Open House event!

There is Something for Everyone

  • High school seniors, juniors and sophomores
  • Parents\working adults who are thinking about furthering their education
  • Anyone interested in studying abroad or in the lower 48 states
  • UAS students or prospects who want to learn more about fall/winter housing options on the SJ campus

Demonstrations and Participatory Events

  • Study Away – National and international student exchange opportunities (Go to school anywhere through UAS at UAS prices!)
  • Biology – Dissections of the eye and brain with Professors Marnie Chapman and Jon Martin
  • Fish Tech – Dissection with Professor Reid Brewer
  • Art – Formline design with Mark Sixbey
  • Art – Screen print your own T-shirt! (1 shirt free to each visitor while supplies last!)
  • Career and Technical Education – Construction opportunities with Pat Hughes
  • English – Film clip study and discussion
  • Medical Assisting – A brand new program starting in the fall with Dr. Paul Bahna
  • Nurse Assistant and Pre-Nursing  – Demos with instructor Shelley Adams

Staffed Information Tables for Career Information

  • Fish Tech – Barb Morse and Alex Najduchs
  • Health Information Management – A hot career and the biggest program we offer with program director and professor Leslie Gordon
  • Law Enforcement – Chief Sheldon Schmitt
  • Paying for College – User friendly insights from our Student Success Center advisor, David Felts
  • The new Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees – David Felts and Cheryl Stromme
  • Dual Enrollment – How to save a lot of money by attending college during high school
  • Sitka Start – How to save a lot of money and gain confidence by attending your first year of college here

Freebies and Giveaways!

  • Screen print your own T-shirt
  • Door prizes – Cash, gift baskets, wearables, etc.
  • Food – Hot dogs and more lovingly cooked on the grill by Bob Love!

Here’s a schedule of all the exciting things that will be going on. We look forward to seeing you!
Open house schedule

The FinanceU Syllabus

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For information on financial aid at the UAS Sitka Campus, visit our [cryout-button-color url=”http://www.uas.alaska.edu/sitka/support/advising.html#tab3″ color=”#47AFFF”]Financial Support page[/cryout-button-color]. You’ll find information on completing the FAFSA, grants, loans, veteran’s assistance and local scholarships.

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$10K Scholarship Opportunity from LinkedIn

LinkedIn is helping students find their university and pay for it! All you have to do is set up a Decision Board and you could win a $10k scholarship. What is a Decision Board?

Decision Boards allows prospective students to manage their school decision process and get help from friends, family, alumni, and current students at each step in that process.

money imageThere are 3 simple steps for a chance to win:

  1. Build your Decision Board
  2. Add a university or field of study
  3. Share your board

Before you can create a Decision Board, you will need to have a LinkedIn account. Signing up is free (you can pay for a Pro account). LinkedIn is a professional network that allows you to engage with other professionals or students and helps you stay relevant and current. Joining LinkedIn gives you access to the latest career news and job opportunities.

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Scholarship Opportunity – Deadline Friday!

piggy bankBlackboard is sponsoring a scholarship challenge! One lucky winner will be awarded $15,000 and two runners-up will receive $5,000.

To enter:

  1. Fill out the online form and tell Blackboard: How are you going to use your education to make the world a better place? For extra credit, add a photo or video to your entry.
  2. Share your entry and get others to vote for you.

The student with the most votes by noon ET on Friday, August 29 wins! Good luck!

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UAS Student Government to Award 4 Dream Big $500 Scholarships

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Four $500 scholarships will be awarded to UAS Sitka Campus students this summer.

There are a few requirements to be eligible:

  • be admitted to a UAS major
  • be taking summer classes
  • be eligible for financial aid
  • submit an application

Contact a Student Success Center Advisor at 747-7717 for more information.

Apply by May 15!

Sitka Start

education_roadsign2US News reports: “As many as one in three first-year students doesn’t make it back for sophomore year. Reasons run the gamut from family problems and loneliness to academic struggles and a lack of money. “ So consider doing that critical first year right here in Sitka. Attend class with a cohort of your friends. Save money. Build confidence. Develop good study habits. And then transfer to the college of your choice with a high GPA, no debt, a clear sense of direction… and belief in yourself.

At the University of Alaska Southeast, Sitka Campus, we focus on these ingredients of student success:

  • Full academic accreditation … our credits for GER courses are accepted at most colleges.
  • Excellent professors who care, AND have time for you.
  • Outstanding academic advisors.
  • Free tutoring, plus excellent study opportunities with friends who are taking the same classes.
  • Much lower costs. At less than $5000 per year*, our tuition costs a fraction of most other schools. It is very possible to attend Sitka Campus without debt.

How Sitka Start Works

Beginning Fall Semester 2014 a cohort of Sitka students will go through required Freshman classes together: science, math, English, and electives. To find out more, talk to our Student Success Center advisors. And remember: a good start is the most important ingredient for success in college… and life. Call 747-7717 to get STARTed!

* $5710/year – $1000 Stay on Track Scholarship = $4710 Average Cost

Download the Sitka Start Ad (pdf).