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A FAFSA FYI: What You Should Know Before Applying for Student Aid

Posted by Christopher LeBlanc on Jun 28, 2016 3:15:07 PM

With the June 30 deadline for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) quickly approaching, time is running out for students who need financial help for the 2016-2017 academic year.

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Topics: Boston Campus, Boston Student Experience, Boston DAPS, Financial Aid, Day Student Posts

No Rest for the Winner: 5 Ways to Make Your Summer Break Work for You

Posted by Christopher LeBlanc on Jun 21, 2016 1:03:42 PM

Now that summer has officially begun, many college students are using the semester break for some much needed R&R.

While there is nothing wrong with taking a break after a taxing semester, you could use some of that down time to get a jump-start on your career, or your studies, while your peers are idle.

Here are 5 ways you can make your summer break work for you.

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Topics: Boston Campus, Boston Student Experience, Boston DAPS, Day Student Posts

Self-serving Service: 5 Reasons Volunteering in College Helps You

Posted by Christopher LeBlanc on Dec 16, 2015 10:02:46 AM

College students, especially those with jobs or families, have to prioritize their precious time. Even during winter break time has to be neatly separated among family, friends, work, and preparing for the inevitable first day of the next semester.

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Because time is at a premium, it’s okay to think pragmatically about how volunteering can help you while you help others during the season of giving.

To help gently nudge you in the direction of volunteering during your winter break, here are five ways volunteerism helps college students.

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Topics: Boston Campus, Boston Student Experience, Boston DAPS, Day Student Posts

My Fashionable Christmas List

Posted by Krystal Leary on Dec 8, 2015 11:25:57 AM



It is the time of the year again to start thinking about what gifts to buy.

Whether you are searching for the right gift to give that fashion forward person in your life, or you are that fashionista seeking to create your own trend setting Christmas wish list, here are a few must-have ideas for this season.

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Topics: Boston Campus, Fashion, Day Student Posts

Fall Fashion: Look Hot While You Stay Warm

Posted by Krystal Leary on Dec 8, 2015 11:03:04 AM


Now that cooler weather has arrived, you’re going to need to tweak your wardrobe. But there’s no reason you can’t look cool while keeping warm.

Here are a few fashion must-haves for the fall season.

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Topics: Boston Campus, Fashion, Day Student Posts

Reggio Emilia: Lessons in Early Childhood Education

Posted by Linda Small on Nov 19, 2015 3:10:30 PM


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We stood among the midday bustle of Piazza Prampolini.

As I soaked in the sights and sounds of small-town, Italy, a thought occurred to me.

This place--Reggio Emilia--and its people paved the way for us, as education professionals, to do what we do. Its school is the genesis of the approach that changed the way the world sees early childhood education.

During a trip to Italy this summer, a group of Fisher College faculty, myself included, and students made a trip to village near the northern Italian city of Bologna.

The trip gave the students firsthand experience at the source of one of the most popular modern early childhood education approaches.

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Topics: Boston Campus, Early Childhood Education, Day Student Posts

Spring Forward: Lessons from Fashion Week

Posted by Krystal Leary on Sep 29, 2015 4:17:55 PM


Those of you who were lucky enough to attend New York City’s Spring Fashion Week, may have already noticed that there was a prevailing theme of casual bohemian inspired looks.

For the rest of us who live to keep up with the latest fashions, here's a look at a few of the trends that will help you to stay fashion forward in Spring 2016. 

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Topics: Boston Campus, Fashion, Day Student Posts

Staving off Senioritis: 8 Tips to Avoid Burnout for College Seniors

Posted by Christopher LeBlanc on Sep 21, 2015 11:03:00 AM

If you’re a college student stepping into your junior or senior year, and you’ve never heard of “senioritis,” you’re lucky.

But don’t be fooled. Academic burnout is a real phenomenon that is especially prevalent among students with jobs, heavy extracurricular loads, and high-stress internships.

When you’re tired, weary, and burned out your responsibilities as a student begin to weigh on you.

Fortunately, you’re not alone in your late school blues. We’ve compiled eight tips to help you keep or regain your focus as your college years come to a close. 


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What Should You Do Before a New Semester

Posted by Christopher LeBlanc on Sep 3, 2015 10:46:00 AM

For new and returning students, beginning a new semester means beginning a new round of paperwork for course scheduling, financial aid, and healthcare information.

Although many students are able to navigate the process of entering—or reentering—college life somewhat seamlessly, there are several who hit snags when they arrive on campus that may keep them out of their first few days of class.

Here are a few of the common missteps that can cause undue stress for new and returning students in the early days of the semester, and how to avoid them.

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Complete the financial aid process

Students unfamiliar with the college financial aid process often arrive on campus when their financial aid award has not yet been processed.

Make sure you’ve completed your FAFSA and turned in all the required paperwork before you step onto campus. If you still haven’t received an award notification, contact your school’s financial aid office as soon as possible.


Make sure housing information is in order

If you’re planning on being a campus resident, pay attention to registration requirements and deadlines. Student housing often fills up quickly, so if you dally you may miss out.

If you’re going to be off-campus, make sure you’ve cemented your living arrangements before the start of the semester. As with campus housing, the best locations near college campuses often fill up quickly.

Also, the first few days of class are already stressful. You won’t need the added strain of apartment hunting.



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Take care of medical requirements

For new students, before you are able to begin your classes, you’ll need to get your immunizations taken care of. Returning students should be all set as far as checkups and immunizations are concerned. 

But students at most universities are required to either accept or decline their school’s health insurance before the beginning of each semester.

If you have another form of health insurance (either your own or your parents’), you’ll still have to decline coverage. Otherwise you may end up paying hundreds of dollars extra for healthcare coverage you don’t need.


Make sure you close the “gap”

 A common misconception is that if students are awarded scholarships or financial aid, they are automatically covered for the entirety of their tuition and fees for the coming academic year.

This is not necessarily so.

Often students are not allowed to register for classes—or their classes are purged before the start of the semester—because the balance of tuition and fees left over after financial aid and scholarships have been awarded is left unpaid.

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There are several options to close the gap. But the most common is taking out a student loan to cover the difference.

If you do arrive on campus with an unmet financial need, make sure you visit the financial aid office to register for a payment plan as soon as possible. This allows students to make smaller payments to get into class until loans or additional financial aid awards are available.


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5 Helpful Tips to Apply for Financial Aid

Posted by Pamela Walker on Jul 7, 2015 10:18:02 AM

College is expensive, making the topic of financial aid a very important one. The term itself makes most students panic. To help deflate this anxiety, we offer 5 helpful tips to get you started.

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Topics: Boston Campus, Financial Aid, The College Search, Day Student Posts, Advice from Admissions

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Fisher College first opened its doors in 1903 in the predominantly working-class city of Somerville, Massachusetts, just two miles north of Boston. The school was founded on the belief that the immigrants of that city should have an opportunity to advance beyond unskilled labor jobs.

The Division of Accelerated and Professional Studies was established in 1975 to serve the adult population of Eastern Massachusetts, with branch locations in:

  • Boston
  • Brockton
  • North Attleborough
  • New Bedford

The Fisher Online division began in 1998, and currently serves students from all over the United States and around the world.

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