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About Me...

In June 2007 I decided to look into returning to school for my Bachelor's degree. I had been managing okay with my Associate's degree, but the idea of moving back home [South Florida] without more education under my belt was not so appealing. By the end of July I had started my first class. Two years later I am five classes away from completing that degree and my oldest child is about to start her college journey. View my complete profile

About This Blog...

With this blog I hope to share some of what I have learned through my experiences as an online student and now, mom of a college student. Here you will find great scholarships, student deals, and other information to help with your voyage into higher education. Happy Studying!

44 Top Online Colleges

Ever wonder how the different online colleges stack up? Ever wonder how many choices there are? Online Education Database has listed and ranked them for you. Check it out, my school is number 11! To me they are number 1, but hey, to each their own.

The top 10 schools, and where they are located, according to the OEDb 2009 rankings are:
  1. NOVA Southeastern University - Florida
  2. Regent University - Virginia
  3. Champlain College - Vermont
  4. Upper Iowa University - Iowa
  5. LeTourneau University - Texas
  6. Liberty University - Virginia
  7. Grand Canyon University - Arizona
  8. Dickinson State University - North Dakota
  9. Western Governor's University - Utah
  10. Salem International University - West Virginia
For more information and to see the rest of the list check out

$2,000 Jeannette Rankin Foundation Scholarship - EXPIRED

Are you a woman, age 35 or older? Are you currently in school or planning to return? Are you looking for assistance with tuition, books, or other expenses? The Jeannette Rankin Foundation offers $2,000 scholarships for women who meet their guidelines and complete the application process by the deadline. In 2008, JRF gave away scholarships to 86 deserving women.

In 1916 Jeannette Rankin was the first woman to be elected to the United States Congress. She was an advocate for women's rights and upon her death left a portion of her Georgia estate to assist mature, unemployed women. The foundation was charter in 1976 and awarded its first scholarship in the amount of $500 in 1978. Since then the Jeannette Rankin Foundation has grown. In 2008 86 scholarships were awarded in the amount of $2,000 each.

How to apply:

  1. Go to
  2. Download the application here:
  3. Note the deadline has been extended to March 2, 2009. This means your application must be postmarked no later than March 2, 2009.
  4. You will need two written recommendations.

Qualifications (as taken from the JRF website):

  1. A woman, age 35 or older.
  2. A U.S. citizen.
  3. Enrolled in, or accepted to, an accredited school.
  4. Pursuing a technical or vocational education, an associate's degree, or a first bachelor's degree.
  5. Low-income according to the U.S. Department of Labor's Lower Living Standard (visit to see if you qualify).

Image courtesy of Jeannette Rankin Foundation.

Upcoming Deadlines and Informational Resources

Federal Student Financial Aid DeadlinesFastWeb: Search for Scholarships: Start Now!

The 2008-2009 School Year (July 1st, 2008 - June 30th, 2009):

FAFSA on the Web applications must be submitted by midnight Central Daylight time, June 30, 2009.
• Corrections on the Web forms must be submitted by midnight Central Daylight Time, September 15, 2009.
• Note: Your school must have your complete and correct information by your last day of enrollment in the 2008-2009 school year.

The 2009-2010 School Year (July 1st, 2009 - June 30th, 2010):

FAFSA on the Web applications must be submitted by midnight Central Daylight time, June 30, 2010.
• Corrections on the Web forms must be submitted by midnight Central Daylight time, September 15, 2010.
• Note: Your school must have your complete and correct information by your last day of enrollment in the 2009-2010 school year.

Information courtesy of FastWeb! FastWeb offers one of the most comprehensive lists of scholarships and internships available of the web.

Do not forget to check with your financial aid advisor on state deadlines.

Education Xpo

• Date: February 26, 2009
• Time: 10 am EST - 10pm EST
• 100% Free to attend, requires an internet connection
• College planning for parents and students
• Bringing together students, parents, and educators
• Explore all aspects of the college experience

Another great reason to attend: SCHOLARSHIPS! That is right. Education Xpo will be giving away two $500 scholarships. But, you must attend this virtual event and complete a series of required activities within Education Xpo.

Education Xpo information courtesy of FastWeb!
Education Xpo image courtesy of Education Xpo.

Nielsen Homescan - Huh?

A few weeks ago I received a call to become a Nielsen family. No, not for television, for shopping. I signed up to be placed on a waiting list in the event an opening became available. Today I received my package and did my first scan.

This program seems simple enough. First, you charge your scanner. The instructions say to charge one hour prior to using. When the scanner is not in use it is to remain on the charger. Once char
ged and a shopping trip has taken place I am to take the scanner and follow the instructions for entering my purchases. The scanner itself is medium-size handheld device. This makes it easy to carry to your purchases.

Today I went to CVS to pick of some soda on sale and Valentine candy for my children. Following the instructions on the scanner's screen I scroll to CVS and press enter. Then it asks if I used a frequent shopper card. Yes. Then it asks me to scan my first item. I press the scan button and run the laser over the barcode on my item. Did I use double/triple coupons? No. Did I use coupons/store discounts? Yes. I enter the amount of the coupon and indicate whether this was coupled with a store discount. I press exit when finished and answer yes when asked if I am done. Then I enter the total paid. Next I need to place the scanner back in the charger and transmit the information. This means the charger needs to be close to a phone line and an electrical outlet. I am to do this at least once a week.

You may be asking why? Do I get paid for this? This sounds like a lot of work. Well, first, no I do not get "paid" as far as money being exchanged for my time. But I do earn points to be used towards pretty decent items. And I would agree, this sounds like quite a bit of work for the rewards. But, once I get the hang of it I should be able to scan and put my purchases away in little time. This has the added benefit of keeping me organized. I need to keep track of coupons used, how much for which item. Since I am working on better organizing this aspect of my life this should only place emphasis on the need to keep this in order.

I will post an update on this program once I get a better feel for how it works and if it is really worth the effort. If you would like to learn more about how to become part of the Nielsen Homescan program you can get more information at Homescan.

Nielsen logo used courtesy of Nielsen Homescan.
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