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There are many schools out there to choose from—


but Rochester proves to be a top educational region,
providing valuable and consummate institutions of higher learning.
For over 155 years, Bryant & Stratton College has been providing quality education in Medaille College has built a tradition of educating adults, and has designed degrees
a personalized environment. Our two Rochester campuses (Greece and Henrietta), have through the School of Adult and Graduate Education with the needs of adult learners
been helping students develop meaningful career skills in a concise, contemporary in mind. Cohort-based programs enable students to travel through each course with
and effective manner providing graduates with the marketable job skills they need to the same set of people, leaning on them for support, encouragement and guidance.
succeed in an increasingly competitive marketplace. www.bryantstratton.edu Take a drive and find out for yourself how conveniently located our Rochester Campus
Finger Lakes Community College has a track record of keeping pace with the times, is! sage.medaille.edu
creating new degree and certificate programs to fill local needs keeping young Monroe Community College has continually grown in degree programs, educational
people and older adults who want to switch careers from moving out of the area. initiatives and facilities to meet the community’s diverse needs. In the last several years,
FLCC offers 55 degree and certificate programs, including signature programs such as MCC welcomed the new Louis S. and Molly B. Wolk Center for Excellence in Nursing
music recording technology and environmental conservation. With just under 7,000 and the PAC fitness and recreational facility, and now looks forward to the future of a
students, FLCC ranks among the fastest-growing two-year colleges in the nation. new downtown campus space in Rochester. www.monroecc.edu
FLCC also offers a 250-acre park-like main campus and three campus centers in Victor, Founded in 1924, Nazareth College is a coeducational, independent college that
Geneva and Newark to make classes more convenient. www.flcc.edu offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the liberal arts, education, health and
Keuka College is the national leader in experiential, hands-on learning and a national human services, and management. With more than 40 undergraduate, graduate,
leader in career identification and exploration. Every student undertakes a Field Period and continuing education programs, Nazareth prepares students to be successful
every year. Students go out into the world for 140 hours of hands-on experience, putting professionals and engaged global citizens. www.naz.edu
into practice what they learned in the classroom. Through its Accelerated Studies St. John Fisher College is an independent, liberal arts institution in the Catholic
for Adults Program (ASAP), Keuka offers bachelor’s degree completion programs in tradition of American higher education. Founded in 1948 it is located on154 park-like
organizational management, criminal justice systems, social work, and nursing, as well acres in the suburban neighborhood of Pittsford, just a few miles from downtown
as master’s degrees in management, criminal justice administration, and nursing at Rochester. St. John Fisher College has 31 undergraduate majors in the humanities,
locations around New York State. The College also extends educational opportunities social sciences, natural sciences, business, and nursing, as well as 10 pre-professional
via the Internet through its Wertman Office of Distance Education. www.keuka.edu programs; 12 master’s programs; and three doctoral programs. www.sjfc.edu

NOT TOO BIG. NOT TOO SMALL.


JUST RIGHT FOR YOU.
It doesn’t matter if you’re just graduating from high school, or if you graduated
years ago, a college degree can help you get the great career you deserve.
REAL. FACTS.
And Bryant & Stratton College is ready to help.
Why consider Bryant & Stratton College? Because we will provide you with
all the direction, support and encouragement you need to succeed, both It seems like every college says they’re a good deal, but when
academically and professionally.
we ask students why they picked FLCC, they tell us that it’s
From degree programs in growing industries, to financial aid,
grants and scholarships to help make college affordable, because you get a lot for your money at FLCC. What else are
everything we do has just one goal–your personal
growth and career success. our students saying? To find out, visit www.flcc.edu/realfacts!
Interested? Just call or stop by the campus nearest you today.
Bryant & Stratton College: Just right for you.
Online delivery available for all courses except business and social work.
DISCOVER WHAT MAKES
US DIFFERENT. CALL TODAY!

www.roberts.edu/summer Greece 563.3400 Henrietta


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Bryant
P
&EStratton
.L S
ERSONAL
College
. DUCATION IFETIME UCCESS ®
[visit www.flcc.edu/realfacts]
SINCE 1854
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You can afford to


GO TO COLLEGE BY DEBORAH BLACKWELL | MESSENGER POST MEDIA

With the rising costs of tuition, affording college has become one of the biggest fears and perceived
roadblocks for prospective students. Cost alone should not be a deciding factor when considering
where to go to college. Attending college is affordable, and help is available if you know where to look.

Finding comprehensive financial lower income families there is need-based


aid information requires research, aid, and merit-based aid for students
investigation, and persistence. There who excel in variety of areas. Grants and
are several ways to help pay for higher scholarships do not have to be repaid, loans
education, including scholarships, do.
grants, loans, work-study programs, or a Many states offer programs for students who
combination of resources. wish to attend community college. There are
According to Sallie Mae, the largest also numerous private organizations, non-
education lender, two out of three students profits, and businesses offer scholarships
get at least some financial assistance for community college students.
to help them attend college. Ironically, There are many financial aid, scholarship,
institutions with higher tuition usually grant and loan sources and resources
have excellent financial aid programs and available and accessible online, through
endowments that help contribute to aid. high school guidance offices, college
Most financial aid is distributed on a first- financial aid offices, public libraries, and
come, first-served basis, so timeliness is community education offices.
important. For students who come from Some helpful links include:

www.fastweb.com www.studentaid.ed.gov www.collegeboard.org


Numerous tools to help find money for college Funding Education Beyond High School: The College Board
The Guide to Federal Student Aid.
www.finaid.org The guide is also available in print at many public www.collegeanswer.com
A comprehensive guide to financial aid libraries and schools or by calling 1-800-433-3243 Sallie Mae

www.fastap.org www.fafsa.ed.gov www.nysaves.org


Worldwide college scholarship information Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): New York College Savings Program
Based on income and assets, the form requires
www.collegenet.com income information similar to income tax forms
www.nextstudent.com
A forum-type site designed to help obtain scholarships NextStudentLoans.com

www.gocollege.com www2.ed.gov/programs/fpl/index.html Scholarship Search Engine


Perkins loans are low interest
Guides students on how to finance college
higher education
www.tapweb.org/totw/
New York State’s
www.hesc.com loans for needy students
tuition assistance program
Higher Education Services Corporation
www2.ed.gov/programs/fpg/index.html www.parentplusloan.com
www.staffordloan.com The Federal Pell Grant Program provides
Affordable financing to cover
Stafford Loans are fix-rate student loans. need-based grants to low-income students
college education expenses
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Succeed and shine at


How to decide COMMUNITY COLLEGE
ON COLLEGE BY DEBORAH BLACKWELL | MESSENGER POST MEDIA
BY DEBORAH BLACKWELL | MESSENGER POST MEDIA

Community colleges are a great place to start-and finish-


your college education. The benefits of attending
community college are plenty, and provide a solid
larger, four-year institutions. This can help students focus
on their specific curriculums with increased assistance.
Many community colleges have less strenuous admissions
Taking the leap into higher education can open a realm of questions foundation for a promising future. Here is where you can requirements to help those who may have previously
develop life skills, earn college credit, train for a vocation, struggled with academic performance, and can help
needing answers about where to go, what to do, and how to pay for it. earn certification, obtain a degree, and save money. students raise their grade point average (GPA) as well as
The decisions can seem overwhelming, and the process can be time-consuming. Community colleges are quickly becoming prominent in feel more confident in their skills and education.
But there are some sure-fire ways to pave a smooth path to a college degree. the world of higher education, providing a broad range of There is also a financial value of attending community
educational offerings for a more affordable cost, to a diverse college in today’s struggling economy. Tuition on average
number of students. According to the College Board, is considerably less at a community college than its four-
four out of ten graduating high school students choose year counterpart, according to the American Association obtaining a degree.
The number of schools to choose from is vast. The task is to find the institution that
community college over traditional four-year institutions. of Community Colleges. Living expenses are often less as
best fits your educational goals, personality and budget. The first step is to ask yourself The college search process can be overwhelming
some questions. What is your goal? Do you preferr big schools or small? Do you want Programs of study at community colleges are wide and students frequently live at home and commute to school. when trying to match goals, determine the best fit,
to stay near home or explore a new city or state? How much does it cost and how varied, which allows students to explore fields that interest The importance of community colleges on the local realistically afford costs, and keep both students
much can you afford? There are plenty of options, curriculums, and environments to them before committing to a major. economy is also evident. They contribute to the economic and parents happy. Community colleges can offer
match your personal needs. Faculty members can be more accessible at a community growth of the community by frequently partnering with the best of all worlds, a smooth transition from high
It’s important to think about what you want out of your college experience. While it’s college, where class size is smaller and the focus is on local employers. Students therefore can have easier and school to college, and an opportunity to advance
not necessary to know what your major will be when looking at colleges, having an teaching more than research, which is generally found in more direct access to jobs both during school and after at a comfortable pace.
idea of what program of study you want to pursue is a good first step.
Then, what kind of college community do you prefer? A small, liberal arts college, a
larger university, or a community college? It’s not the size that matters, but the faculty
and student population that make up the overall atmosphere.
Where would you like to be located? An urban or rural setting? Near family? In a different
region or climate? Location will contribute to your overall college experience.
Academics and coursework are key factors when choosing a college. A variety of
options for classes, and exploration of in-depth studies that match your interests and
abilities will enhance a successful outcome. Do you want to sit in a large lecture hall,
or be part of hands-on, experiential learning? Do you prefer an intimate classroom
setting or in a vocational environment? It might be worthwhile to give some thought
to your “learning” style or personality when examining curriculum.
potential in students’ hands on their time, their schedule, and also within their
As the cost for higher education continues to rise, tuition is an important factor to budget.
consider. The financial aspects of attending college, including tuition, housing, fees,
Finding a good fit when choosing to go to college is essential. While a degree is often
books, meals, and expenses can seem daunting. But there are a variety of options and
desired for career development and advancement, there are many jobs that provide
plenty of affordable choices. Scholarships, grants, financial aid, and loans are available.
successful, rewarding careers through industry-certification and hands-on training.
Researching online, inquiring in high school guidance offices, college financial aid
Oftentimes employers will make achieving a college degree more attainable through
offices, exploring websites, and seeking local community resources can all provide
valuable college-affiliated programs on-site or in the community.
direction on how to pay for college.
It’s never too late to consider higher education. Life experience varies and all
Affordability and access to higher education is also becoming more available through
contributes to being a successful student at any age. As options for degrees increase,
new technology offering online course delivery, classroom lectures in real-time
so do the opportunities, and earning your degree can provide you with a sense of
streaming video, and other long distance learning methods that put the degree
accomplishment and help create a valuable future.

DID YOU KNOW...THE GREATER ROCHESTER NEW YORK REGION SURPASSES NATIONAL EDUCATION ATTAINMENT LEVELS.
ACCORDING TO THE U.S. CENSUS BUREAU, 88% OF RESIDENTS HAVE AT LEAST A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA,
AND 32% OF AREA RESIDENTS AGE 25 AND OLDER HAVE AT LEAST A BACHELOR’S DEGREE.
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Succeed and shine at


How to decide COMMUNITY COLLEGE
ON COLLEGE BY DEBORAH BLACKWELL | MESSENGER POST MEDIA
BY DEBORAH BLACKWELL | MESSENGER POST MEDIA

Community colleges are a great place to start-and finish-


your college education. The benefits of attending
community college are plenty, and provide a solid
larger, four-year institutions. This can help students focus
on their specific curriculums with increased assistance.
Many community colleges have less strenuous admissions
Taking the leap into higher education can open a realm of questions foundation for a promising future. Here is where you can requirements to help those who may have previously
develop life skills, earn college credit, train for a vocation, struggled with academic performance, and can help
needing answers about where to go, what to do, and how to pay for it. earn certification, obtain a degree, and save money. students raise their grade point average (GPA) as well as
The decisions can seem overwhelming, and the process can be time-consuming. Community colleges are quickly becoming prominent in feel more confident in their skills and education.
But there are some sure-fire ways to pave a smooth path to a college degree. the world of higher education, providing a broad range of There is also a financial value of attending community
educational offerings for a more affordable cost, to a diverse college in today’s struggling economy. Tuition on average
number of students. According to the College Board, is considerably less at a community college than its four-
four out of ten graduating high school students choose year counterpart, according to the American Association obtaining a degree.
The number of schools to choose from is vast. The task is to find the institution that
community college over traditional four-year institutions. of Community Colleges. Living expenses are often less as
best fits your educational goals, personality and budget. The first step is to ask yourself The college search process can be overwhelming
some questions. What is your goal? Do you preferr big schools or small? Do you want Programs of study at community colleges are wide and students frequently live at home and commute to school. when trying to match goals, determine the best fit,
to stay near home or explore a new city or state? How much does it cost and how varied, which allows students to explore fields that interest The importance of community colleges on the local realistically afford costs, and keep both students
much can you afford? There are plenty of options, curriculums, and environments to them before committing to a major. economy is also evident. They contribute to the economic and parents happy. Community colleges can offer
match your personal needs. Faculty members can be more accessible at a community growth of the community by frequently partnering with the best of all worlds, a smooth transition from high
It’s important to think about what you want out of your college experience. While it’s college, where class size is smaller and the focus is on local employers. Students therefore can have easier and school to college, and an opportunity to advance
not necessary to know what your major will be when looking at colleges, having an teaching more than research, which is generally found in more direct access to jobs both during school and after at a comfortable pace.
idea of what program of study you want to pursue is a good first step.
Then, what kind of college community do you prefer? A small, liberal arts college, a
larger university, or a community college? It’s not the size that matters, but the faculty
and student population that make up the overall atmosphere.
Where would you like to be located? An urban or rural setting? Near family? In a different
region or climate? Location will contribute to your overall college experience.
Academics and coursework are key factors when choosing a college. A variety of
options for classes, and exploration of in-depth studies that match your interests and
abilities will enhance a successful outcome. Do you want to sit in a large lecture hall,
or be part of hands-on, experiential learning? Do you prefer an intimate classroom
setting or in a vocational environment? It might be worthwhile to give some thought
to your “learning” style or personality when examining curriculum.
potential in students’ hands on their time, their schedule, and also within their
As the cost for higher education continues to rise, tuition is an important factor to budget.
consider. The financial aspects of attending college, including tuition, housing, fees,
Finding a good fit when choosing to go to college is essential. While a degree is often
books, meals, and expenses can seem daunting. But there are a variety of options and
desired for career development and advancement, there are many jobs that provide
plenty of affordable choices. Scholarships, grants, financial aid, and loans are available.
successful, rewarding careers through industry-certification and hands-on training.
Researching online, inquiring in high school guidance offices, college financial aid
Oftentimes employers will make achieving a college degree more attainable through
offices, exploring websites, and seeking local community resources can all provide
valuable college-affiliated programs on-site or in the community.
direction on how to pay for college.
It’s never too late to consider higher education. Life experience varies and all
Affordability and access to higher education is also becoming more available through
contributes to being a successful student at any age. As options for degrees increase,
new technology offering online course delivery, classroom lectures in real-time
so do the opportunities, and earning your degree can provide you with a sense of
streaming video, and other long distance learning methods that put the degree
accomplishment and help create a valuable future.

DID YOU KNOW...THE GREATER ROCHESTER NEW YORK REGION SURPASSES NATIONAL EDUCATION ATTAINMENT LEVELS.
ACCORDING TO THE U.S. CENSUS BUREAU, 88% OF RESIDENTS HAVE AT LEAST A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA,
AND 32% OF AREA RESIDENTS AGE 25 AND OLDER HAVE AT LEAST A BACHELOR’S DEGREE.
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You can afford to


GO TO COLLEGE BY DEBORAH BLACKWELL | MESSENGER POST MEDIA

With the rising costs of tuition, affording college has become one of the biggest fears and perceived
roadblocks for prospective students. Cost alone should not be a deciding factor when considering
where to go to college. Attending college is affordable, and help is available if you know where to look.

Finding comprehensive financial lower income families there is need-based


aid information requires research, aid, and merit-based aid for students
investigation, and persistence. There who excel in variety of areas. Grants and
are several ways to help pay for higher scholarships do not have to be repaid, loans
education, including scholarships, do.
grants, loans, work-study programs, or a Many states offer programs for students who
combination of resources. wish to attend community college. There are
According to Sallie Mae, the largest also numerous private organizations, non-
education lender, two out of three students profits, and businesses offer scholarships
get at least some financial assistance for community college students.
to help them attend college. Ironically, There are many financial aid, scholarship,
institutions with higher tuition usually grant and loan sources and resources
have excellent financial aid programs and available and accessible online, through
endowments that help contribute to aid. high school guidance offices, college
Most financial aid is distributed on a first- financial aid offices, public libraries, and
come, first-served basis, so timeliness is community education offices.
important. For students who come from Some helpful links include:

www.fastweb.com www.studentaid.ed.gov www.collegeboard.org


Numerous tools to help find money for college Funding Education Beyond High School: The College Board
The Guide to Federal Student Aid.
www.finaid.org The guide is also available in print at many public www.collegeanswer.com
A comprehensive guide to financial aid libraries and schools or by calling 1-800-433-3243 Sallie Mae

www.fastap.org www.fafsa.ed.gov www.nysaves.org


Worldwide college scholarship information Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): New York College Savings Program
Based on income and assets, the form requires
www.collegenet.com income information similar to income tax forms
www.nextstudent.com
A forum-type site designed to help obtain scholarships NextStudentLoans.com

www.gocollege.com www2.ed.gov/programs/fpl/index.html Scholarship Search Engine


Perkins loans are low interest
Guides students on how to finance college
higher education
www.tapweb.org/totw/
New York State’s
www.hesc.com loans for needy students
tuition assistance program
Higher Education Services Corporation
www2.ed.gov/programs/fpg/index.html www.parentplusloan.com
www.staffordloan.com The Federal Pell Grant Program provides
Affordable financing to cover
Stafford Loans are fix-rate student loans. need-based grants to low-income students
college education expenses
7
Got some free time this summer?
advertising supplement to messenger post media for the week of may 15, 2011

There are many schools out there to choose from—


but Rochester proves to be a top educational region,
providing valuable and consummate institutions of higher learning.
For over 155 years, Bryant & Stratton College has been providing quality education in Medaille College has built a tradition of educating adults, and has designed degrees
a personalized environment. Our two Rochester campuses (Greece and Henrietta), have through the School of Adult and Graduate Education with the needs of adult learners
been helping students develop meaningful career skills in a concise, contemporary in mind. Cohort-based programs enable students to travel through each course with
and effective manner providing graduates with the marketable job skills they need to the same set of people, leaning on them for support, encouragement and guidance.
succeed in an increasingly competitive marketplace. www.bryantstratton.edu Take a drive and find out for yourself how conveniently located our Rochester Campus
Finger Lakes Community College has a track record of keeping pace with the times, is! sage.medaille.edu
creating new degree and certificate programs to fill local needs keeping young Monroe Community College has continually grown in degree programs, educational
people and older adults who want to switch careers from moving out of the area. initiatives and facilities to meet the community’s diverse needs. In the last several years,
FLCC offers 55 degree and certificate programs, including signature programs such as MCC welcomed the new Louis S. and Molly B. Wolk Center for Excellence in Nursing
music recording technology and environmental conservation. With just under 7,000 and the PAC fitness and recreational facility, and now looks forward to the future of a
students, FLCC ranks among the fastest-growing two-year colleges in the nation. new downtown campus space in Rochester. www.monroecc.edu
FLCC also offers a 250-acre park-like main campus and three campus centers in Victor, Founded in 1924, Nazareth College is a coeducational, independent college that
Geneva and Newark to make classes more convenient. www.flcc.edu offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the liberal arts, education, health and
Keuka College is the national leader in experiential, hands-on learning and a national human services, and management. With more than 40 undergraduate, graduate,
leader in career identification and exploration. Every student undertakes a Field Period and continuing education programs, Nazareth prepares students to be successful
every year. Students go out into the world for 140 hours of hands-on experience, putting professionals and engaged global citizens. www.naz.edu
into practice what they learned in the classroom. Through its Accelerated Studies St. John Fisher College is an independent, liberal arts institution in the Catholic
for Adults Program (ASAP), Keuka offers bachelor’s degree completion programs in tradition of American higher education. Founded in 1948 it is located on154 park-like
organizational management, criminal justice systems, social work, and nursing, as well acres in the suburban neighborhood of Pittsford, just a few miles from downtown
as master’s degrees in management, criminal justice administration, and nursing at Rochester. St. John Fisher College has 31 undergraduate majors in the humanities,
locations around New York State. The College also extends educational opportunities social sciences, natural sciences, business, and nursing, as well as 10 pre-professional
via the Internet through its Wertman Office of Distance Education. www.keuka.edu programs; 12 master’s programs; and three doctoral programs. www.sjfc.edu

NOT TOO BIG. NOT TOO SMALL.


JUST RIGHT FOR YOU.
It doesn’t matter if you’re just graduating from high school, or if you graduated
years ago, a college degree can help you get the great career you deserve.
REAL. FACTS.
And Bryant & Stratton College is ready to help.
Why consider Bryant & Stratton College? Because we will provide you with
all the direction, support and encouragement you need to succeed, both It seems like every college says they’re a good deal, but when
academically and professionally.
we ask students why they picked FLCC, they tell us that it’s
From degree programs in growing industries, to financial aid,
grants and scholarships to help make college affordable, because you get a lot for your money at FLCC. What else are
everything we do has just one goal–your personal
growth and career success. our students saying? To find out, visit www.flcc.edu/realfacts!
Interested? Just call or stop by the campus nearest you today.
Bryant & Stratton College: Just right for you.
Online delivery available for all courses except business and social work.
DISCOVER WHAT MAKES
US DIFFERENT. CALL TODAY!

www.roberts.edu/summer Greece 563.3400 Henrietta


facebook.com/BSCRochester
w w w. b r y a n t s t r a t t o n . e d u

Bryant
P
&EStratton
.L S
ERSONAL
College
. DUCATION IFETIME UCCESS ®
[visit www.flcc.edu/realfacts]
SINCE 1854
MESSENGER POST MEDIA

College Education
GUIDE

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