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9. EDUCATION & Funding...
Nothing worthwhile comes without effort and paying the price of tuition. To make the leap into a new industry, you may need to take a step back, to learn and study. Be willing to be an apprentice for a while. Find someone who has the success you aspire to and seek their mentorship and council. Be flexible, patient and teachable.

After a few semesters in the pursuit of your dream, youíll not regret the day you walked out of the office and into the classroom.

There are plenty of grants available, both federal and local, and you should definitely apply for all and any, beginning with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is available online. Click here

Your prior year's tax return and adjusted gross income will be required for these applications. Although the Federal FAFSA is the primary application, your state and your university may require that you submit an additional form (for example, many colleges require the CSS Profile. Click here

After a semester or two of side jobs and a re-invented lifestyle, youíll be eligible for additional grants such as the low-interest Federal Stafford loan. It accommodates for part-time status, where more financial aid opportunities exist. Click here

Another wonderful resource for funding is the "Internet free scholarship searches", where You complete some personal as well as academic information and then search for scholarships that are compatible Click here   The possibilities and the supplemental income are endless. Fast Web, for example, sends you an update whenever a new scholarship that fits your situation is available and you decide whether to apply or not. Click here

An essay is also required with your application. This can be very competitive since they are advertised nationally and the eligibility is extensive. If youíre returning to school after some years, writing an academic essay can be a daunting experience. Check out these tips for success: Click here

Donít be afraid to tout your achievements and be sure to include hardship. They want to know youíre able to overcome obstacles. For returning to school later in life can be very challenging. These organizations/corporations need to feel comfortable that their money will not be wasted.

Make it personal and answer the questions fully. Donít just write that raising a family or your thirty year sales job has taught you to be flexible. Tell them how you are able to cope with organization, deadlines, multi tasking, and problem solving. And, be sure to provide the harrowing details. In other words, be specific. You did it! And you are still doing it...by forging ahead with new desires and goals for success.

Interesting facts about Colleges of Southwest Florida
Five Florida universities were named to the Best Values in Public Colleges list for 2009 by Kiplingerís Personal Finance. The schools are University of Florida, ranking No. 2 in the nation; New College of Florida, No. 8; Florida State University, No. 17; University of Central Florida, No. 42; and the University of South Florida, No. 75.
Among other criteria, these rankings recognize schools with top academics and affordable costs.
MSN has ranked Webster University as one of the "Top 10 Colleges for Adult Learners".


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