Thursday, January 22, 2009

FAFSA--Fill One Out!

The FAFSA (Free Application for Student Aid) is required by many scholarships to determine need.

The FAFSA can be found online at

Information about filling out the FAFSA on the web:

Information about completing the FAFSA can be found here, including the PDF versions of the Dept. of Education's Completing the FAFSA, 2008-2009 and Completing the FAFSA, 2009-2010:

Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine web site has a great article entitled, "11 Student-Aid Traps to Avoid," which would make for timely reading:

There is a comment in the reader's comments by Mark Kantrowitz, author of FastWeb College Gold: The Step-By-Step Guide to Paying for College and FinAid, The SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid, one of the best free resources for college financial information on the Internet ( Pay attention to that comment.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Scholarship Gold: Finding Money Online

The University School of Nashville offers evening classes for the Nashville community, monies benefiting USN's endowment for need-based scholarships.

Here is the web address:

Here is the description of the class I will be teaching.

Class #201 Scholarship Gold: Finding Money Online
Thursday, 2/12/2009
Time: 7:00-8:30 pm USN

Description: Is it possible to graduate from college with little or no debt? How do you find legitimate scholarship opportunities on the Internet? For more than a decade, Tennessee State University instructor MICHAEL TURNER has coached students on how to find money to pay for college. This hands-on computer class will show you exactly how to search the Internet for scholarships and internships online and offline. Ages 16 and up.

Items needed to bring to class: Paper, pen

Class Fee: $35 per person

I call the classes offered at USN's evening classes as classes for living.

Some other classes featured are Make Your Music Marketable, Song Critique from a Pro, Essential Songwriting taught by Tom Kimmel, The Wisdom of Scrooge, and Got Search? Secrets of Online Marketing.

I view this as Nashville's own Learning Annex (located in New York City and also has an online presence: ).

Friday, January 16, 2009

Synergy: Vanderbilt Students Help K-12 students Prepare for College

Synergy is an organization of Vanderbilt Students that help prepare students K-12 for college.

Here is a description from the web site: “SYNERGY is an undergraduate organization that provides the skills and resources to empower K-12 students to successfully complete high school and advance to college by means of developing one-on-one relationships with consistent college mentors.”

Every Tuesday, Synergy is holding a college workshop (also college help and tutoring) from 6 pm—8 pm at Hadley Park Community Center.

Check out there web site for more details:

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Free College Tuition!

I found the following video searching for college tuition information on the Internet:

This details the School of the Ozarks, where students can work for tuition and go to college for free. Many of these schools, Berea College is a well-known example, have endowments, which allow them to assist students in paying tuition.

To explore these schools and see what programs are offered, check out this web site: