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How To Find Financial Aid

February 1, 2016

Orphan Survival Guide- How to Find Financial Aid

Today is February 1. If you live in the US, you should have all of your paperwork ready to file your taxes. You have no excuse for not applying for financial aid today.

Start your FAFSA application right now.

One of the worst things about college for any student–but especially for estranged adults–is paying for school. When I started Orphan Survival Guide, I wrote that I had Googled “how do orphans pay for college?” and found no useful answers, which is why I started the blog in the first place.

This post has been over a year in the making. I hope it answers that question.

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college, employment

My College Class Wishlist

October 22, 2015

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The University of Iowa’s journalism school used to offer a class on freelancing.

The syllabus isn’t online and neither is the book list, but it still seemed like a pretty useful class. It also fulfilled a major requirement for me. But it hasn’t been offered since 2011, when the professor left the country. But given the direction of the industry I think someone needs to pick up the slack and teach this class.

Unfortunately, the school doesn’t agree. My adviser at the time (our department is a revolving door of advisors) told me to make alternate arrangements for my schedule. I picked up a class that’s been affectionately dubbed my out-of-touch publishing class on Facebook. I did not break even with these classes.

I registered for some entrepreneurship classes through the business school but quickly realized they were meant for people starting companies with employees and not just your freelance hustle or an Etsy shop in your second bedroom. I downloaded the syllabi and dropped the classes.

The most actionable things I’ve learned have been through my social media classes. Or secret Facebook groups and Pinterest boards and bloggers–which don’t cost me $8000 a year.

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college, entertainment, free stuff, shopping

15 Reading Apps for Students

September 24, 2015

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When I started this series, I intended to have reading and book apps in the education post, but I just had too many. They warrant their own post. Plus, I am still collecting reference sources for the big masterpost. So. Reading!

I had an early Sony Reader back in the day and swore that tablets wouldn’t replace it–but then I got an iPad through my first college and suddenly had more convenient access to books and class uploads and fanfic. Now my beloved reader is sitting in a box collecting dust. But more than half of my tablet and phone time is reading now, across a variety of apps.

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college, free stuff, studying

20 Studying and Education Apps for Students

September 21, 2015

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Sure, getting organized and in shape is great, you say. But what about the real  apps for students? What about studying and writing papers?

I’ve got that covered. Here are apps that help you with everything from citations and paper-writing to learning foreign languages and learning how to use Photoshop. Here are apps that students actually use.

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