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College is worth the cost, but planning is key

<strong>College is worth the cost, but planning is key</strong>
StatePoint MediaEven those willing to stretch financially are taking deliberate, resourceful and concrete steps to make college more affordable. Despite rising college costs, a clear majority of families believe higher education is well-worth the investment, and most students and parents are willing to stretch themselves financially to make it happen, according to a new study. The national study from Sallie Mae and Ipsos, “How America Values College 2018,” found that 66 percent of college-going families believe they are getting a good value for the price they’re paying for college, and 20 percent say college is worth every penny. Even those willing to stretch financially are taking deliberate, resourceful and concrete steps (more…)
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Money tip for students

<strong>Money tip for students</strong>
How to get in trouble with credit card debt Pixabay.comOne quick way to get into trouble with credit cards is to carry a high balance and pay only the minimum payment each month. ■ Tim Ballard / Contributed Students can get into trouble with credit card debt if they don’t take time to think about what they’re doing, according to KHEAA. One quick way to get into trouble is to carry a high balance and pay only the minimum payment each month. If you have a $1,500 balance, your minimum payment might be $30 a month, since many credit card companies set the minimum payment at two percent of the balance. (more…)
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8 things to consider when choosing a high school

<strong>8 things to consider when choosing a high school</strong>
Metro ServiceAcademics, college preparation, campus size, and extracurricular activities all should be considered when choosing a high school. Planning ahead for the future often involves having a strong educational foundation upon which a secure and financially rewarding career can be built. While many students and families give ample thought to where they will attend college, taking such an approach to high school can be beneficial as well. High school is a critical time in a child’s life. Many students simply attend their local public high schools, even if that school may not be the best fit for the student. It behooves families to investigate other possibilities they have to ensure teenagers (more…)
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Hemet Unified students receive seal of multiliteracy

<strong>Hemet Unified students receive seal of multiliteracy</strong>
Photos by HUSDHemet High School award winners. ■ Hemet Unified School District / Contributed 47 Hemet Unified students from Tahquitz High School, Hemet High School, and West Valley High School were recognized by Riverside County Office of Education (RCOE) for receiving the Seal of Multiliteracy. This prestigious award verifies that the student has a high level of proficiency in another language. The seal will appear on college transcripts informing all of this marketable skill. The RCOE intent to celebrate this accomplishment is to encourage the learning of all languages, contribute to a better global understanding, and emphasize the value of knowing multiple languages. Students had to submit an intent to apply (more…)
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Hemet student could be sent to space

<strong>Hemet student could be sent to space</strong>
Photos by HUSDKrystal Horton and her fellow student ambassadors. ■ Hemet Unified School District / Contributed A senior at Western Center Academy is making quite a name for herself in the science world. Last year, Krystal Horton won a first place special award at the International Science and Engineering Fair with another fellow student. This year, her work around nature reserves has been published and she is one of 22 student ambassadors for the “Back to Space” mission. The Back to Space mission is a space module which is being designed and built to hold eight crew members. The website states, “Based on the goals of the project, the crew will (more…)
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Wait, what? Scholarships are taxable?

<strong>Wait, what? Scholarships are taxable?</strong>
StatePoint MediaLater legislation has specified portions of a scholarship could be taxed if it is considered “fees for services.” Everyone knows about scholarships. They’re no-strings-attached money to help students pay for their higher education. Right? Usually, but not always. In some cases, there are significant strings attached – including situations in which scholarships are treated as taxable income. While unusual, it’s important for students, their families and scholarship providers to understand all the implications. Tax status The tax status of scholarships first codified in 1954 was simple: for students pursuing a degree, all scholarships, fellowships and grants were tax-free. But later legislation specified portions of a scholarship could be taxed if (more…)
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‘Unstuff the Bus’ Night for SJSD

<strong>‘Unstuff the Bus’ Night for SJSD</strong>
Photos by Robin UnderwoodToys were swiftly unloaded from the bus by tribal members and passed down the lines filled with students, school staff, and volunteers. 400 families of school district benefit from program hosted by Soboba ■ Robin Underwood / Contributed The 11th Annual Soboba Gives Back Toy Drive gave back to the community yet again with a tour bus stuffed to the brim with brand new toys for the valley’s needy families during this holiday season. On Monday, Nov. 26, the Soboba tour bus guided by a fire truck made its way into the San Jacinto School District parking lot with dozens of families, volunteers, and students grouping together just (more…)
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How to Supplement Classroom Learning at Home

<strong>How to Supplement Classroom Learning at Home</strong>
StatePoint MediaParents are often looking for ways to support a wider range of development at home. While school provides children with a wealth of knowledge, parents are often looking for ways to support a wider range of development at home. Consider the following ideas to engage children outside the classroom: After-school activities From soccer teams to science clubs to pottery class, enrolling your children in a range of after-school activities can help you identify where their talents and interests lie. It’s also a great opportunity for kids to learn new things, build new skills and foster friendships in a less formal setting than the classroom. Check your community and school listings (more…)
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Get a jumpstart on college financial aid

<strong>Get a jumpstart on college financial aid</strong>
Metro ServiceStudents heading to college next year, returning college students, and grad students can already get started on the FAFSA for academic year 2019-20 With the changing leaves and autumn chill come a few staples students can count on: fresh notebooks, fall festivals, and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students heading to college next year, returning college students, and grad students can already get started on the FAFSA for academic year 2019-20, which opened for applications on Oct. 1, 2018. Completing the FAFSA is the most important step to qualify for $150 billion available in financial aid including grants, work-study, and federal student loans. What’s more, completing the (more…)
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Hemet Sunset Rotary joins SJVA Interact at Harvest Festival

<strong>Hemet Sunset Rotary joins SJVA Interact  at Harvest Festival</strong>
Photos by Stacey BaileyThe Interact students sold grilled cheese sandwiches, chips and glow hair clips. ■ By Stacey Bailey / Contributed The Hemet Sunset Rotary jointed the San Jacinto Valley Academy Interact Club at the school’s annual Harvest Festival on Nov. 11. The Harvest Festival was held at the school from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Interact students sold grilled cheese sandwiches, chips and glow hair clips. They made over $250 because the Sunset Rotary donated all the supplies plus two experienced cooks, Curt Welshon and Brian Flanagan. The Hemet Sunset Rotary jointed the San Jacinto Valley Academy Interact Club at the school’s annual Harvest Festival on Nov. 11. Interact (more…)