Deciding on a career path can offer a sense of relief and excitement as you enter the workforce, whether it is for the first time or a career change mid-life. In many industries, however, making the career choice is only the beginning, and accounting is no different. For those preparing to become an accountant, choosing between the public, private and non-profit sectors may seem much more difficult than understanding the difference between assets and liabilities – and with good reason. Whether you want to provide your services to a wide array of companies, the government and non-profit organizations or work for just one company, considering the job functions, work environment and salary will help during your decision-making process. Continue reading
Kent Van Cleave had a special visitor when he graduated from Linfield College on May 27. His father, Al Van Cleave, also graduated from Linfield and was invited back to his alma mater as a Golden Grad. Fifty-nine years after Al took his commencement walk in the Linfield Oak Grove, the Walla Walla resident marched again, this time with his son. Continue reading
Going to college at any stage of life is a big decision, regardless of whether it’s right after high school or down the road after you have established a number of years of work experience, as many adult students are now doing. College requires a great commitment of time, energy and money. For many, it is the financial aspect that is the greatest deterrent. However, earning a college degree is a very rewarding achievement for many, which makes the sacrifices, including the financial sacrifice, more manageable to endure.
Many students considering going back to college are looking to student loans as an option to help them afford college in order to achieve the higher education they desire, whether they are looking to advance their career or to pursue a new career path. In addition to using a portion of their earnings and savings to finance their education, many colleges help students to explore the resources of scholarships. Some employers provide educational benefits for employees and for dependents of employees. With all of these resources, there will still continue to be a demand for student loans. Financial aid options can be as unique as the students seeking them, which has encouraged potential students to do their research when determining the best options available to them.
When seeking student loans, the first step is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). A valuable source of free information about the Federal Direct Stafford Loan program is found through the U.S. Department of Education. The Federal Direct Stafford Loan funds are awarded to students and the funds are directed to the college from the federal government. Students must be admitted and attending on at least a half time basis per semester or term.
The Office of Financial Aid at Linfield College works with the individual student to make sure that the financial aid offered is the maximum amount possible they can receive. Student loans can cover a variety of college-related expenses, including tuition and fees, room and board, books and school supplies, even transportation and personal expenses.
The Linfield College Adult Degree Program is able to help answer financial aid questions, striving to provide the best service for each student, with a simple step-by-step process. The financial aid counselors are able to help each Linfield College student to learn what financial aid and student loan options they qualify for. Federal Direct Stafford Loans are administered by Linfield College and have advantages over private education loans made through banks or credit unions. Making the decision to go back to college is difficult, but Linfield College wants to help students alleviate some of the financial concerns surrounding the achievement of a higher education.
Why wait? Now is the time to take that next step in your education. Contact the Linfield College Adult Degree Program today to take the next step in achieving your dream of a college education.