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Top 6 Ideas to a Free College Education

The hurdles of paying for the rising costs of a post secondary education, make going a to college or university difficult for many people. If you have your sights set on going, there are a lot of ways that you can reduce most of your costs. 1. Take as many AP classes as you can in high school. Study and work hard on all of your classwork so that you can achieve high scores. Many colleges and universities will offer financial assistance to high school applicants with impressive AP class scores. 2. Visit your high school guidance office and search online for the grants and scholarships that are available by the federal and state government. There are also financial aid programs offered by colleges, employers and private organizations. These programs typically provide help according to financial need, academic achievement and background situations. 3. Consider enlisting with the military. Each branch of the service has scholarship programs that help to meet your financial

Stress Free College Packing For Freshman

Deciding what to take with you when you go off to college may seem like a challenge. By planning ahead, you can make the job simpler and ensure that you have the items you need. Don't stress too much about having absolutely everything you need the first day. You will be buying a few things when you arrive on campus. Class supplies, personal hygiene products, and the like, can all be purchased as you need them. Make a list of the items that you are sure to need during your first year. Your list will probably include: a laundry bag or basket, laundry detergent and fabric softener, shower products such as shampoo, conditioner, body wash, razors, as well as a caddy to put these items in, towels and wash cloths, sleep wear and a robe, clothing for all types of occasions, a first aid kit, a sewing kit, hangers, essential dishes including a plate, bowl, cup, fork, spoon and knife, a can opener, a bottle opener, cleaning items like paper towels, cleansers, sponges, a key-chain, t

How to Organizie Your Dorm Room In Under 10 Minutes

Your college dorm will probably be much smaller than the room you have at home. By keeping it organized, you can keep all of your belongings neat and easy to access. Keep things in your dorm room that have more than one function. Use a laptop or a net book rather than a desk top computer. This will enable you to use your laptop in a variety of location. Better yet, use a tablet which takes up even less space. Put a blanket on your bed that can be easily laundered. This way you can use it your room, or take it with you to sporting events and other outdoor functions. Talk to your roommate about sharing things you need. Rather than taking up space with two small fridges, share one and save some room for another item. Divide the fridge so that you have at least one shelf for yourself and one for your roommate. That way, you can be sure your favorite snacks will be there when you want them. Leave no space empty in your room. Use up every square inch possible. Keep your lugga

Laundry Tips for Twin XL Sheets

Life at college usually includes doing your own laundry. This job may seem a bit overwhelming but by following some simple step, you can make it much easier. Before you put any of your clothing or twin xl sheets into the washing machine, read the labels. Some fabrics are not meant to be washed in a machine and should only be sent to dry cleaner. Put those items into a specific basket that will enable you to keep them separate from the rest of your laundry and prevent the chance of them being ruined in a washing machine. Some of your clothes need to be hung dry. If these items are placed in a dryer, they can be come smaller or misshaped. If possible, put those in another pile. If not, be sure to remember to remove them from the washer and put them directly onto a hanger to dry. Clothing will bright colors and a lot of dye, should be washed separately from any light colored fabrics that you have. If you wash them with your whites, you will probably end up with your whites b

Study Tips: How to Manage Your College Schedule

College may be the first time that you are able to live on your own and make most of your own decisions. This situation can become difficult if there are a great deal of things going on that can distract you from your studies. By managing your time well, you will have enough time for studying and having fun. To keep your time organized you will need an alarm clock, an address book, a calendar, and a personal organizer. Choose an alarm clock that you are sure will awaken you from a sound sleep in your twin XL dorm bed. Your calendar should have large areas for each day of the month where you can write notes about your personal schedule. Transfer the information from your calendar into your personal organizer. Keep your personal organizer with you when you go out so that you can add new information as you need to.  Go through the syllabus of each of your college courses and copy all of the important dates onto your calendar and into your organizer. Include the dates for assignm

Healthy College Grocery List

If you're a freshman and going to buy groceries for the first time, it's a good idea to have a starter list with you. Being able to make your own meals and keeping them both nutritious and economical, can be quite a balancing act. You will need a list of grocery items that you can use to make dishes that will require only a few inexpensive ingredients. Your starter grocery list should include baking mix, sugar, cooking oil, cereal, bread, jam, peanut butter, milk, eggs, cheddar cheese, margarine, butter, frozen meats and meals, ground beef, chicken, tuna, deli meat, apples, oranges, melons, bananas, lettuce, broccoli, corn, mushrooms, potatoes, carrots, beans, peas, onions, lemon juice, apple juice, orange juice, tomato sauce,  barbecue sauce, salsa, salad dressing, oats, rice, pasta, salt, pepper, cinnamon, chili powder, Italian or Greek seasonings, ketchup, mustard, relish, mayonnaise, chips, popcorn, corn chips, cookies, granola bars, soda, coffee, tea, and soup.  Thes

College Dorm Supplies Checklist 2012

It’s exciting to be moving into a new dorm room! Why damper that excitement by discovering that you’ve forgotten something essential? Make a list of items to take to make sure you have what you want and need. Here are some suggestions for what to take with you to the dorm, from the everyday thing to things you may not have thought of! Desk Supplies You’re here to study so make sure that the desk supplies you need are with you. The first day is a bad time to start borrowing your roommate’s supplies! Typical things in this list include: - Pens, pencils, erasers - Stapler, staples, ruler, scissors - Paper clips, rubber bands - Notebooks, paper, file folders Taking a laptop? Make sure to take an extension cord. Also, a multi plug adapter that plugs into an outlet and gives you 4-6 plugins is helpful. You’ll need a place to plug in your desk lamp, laptop, music system and cell phone charger! A small travel printer is handy for those late night homework printing needs. Take ex

How Long is a Twin XL Bed?

Twin XL Mattress Dimensions About 90% of all college dorms use  Twin XL size beds . The longer XL mattress is the same narrow width as a standard Twin mattress to allow for greater flexibility in the small dorm rooms but it is 80 inches long allowing taller young adults to sleep comfortable in a full length bed. Twin XL beds have dimensions of 39 inches wide by 80 inches long. Queen and King size mattresses are also 80 inches long, while Twin and Full size mattress are shorter. College dorm mattresses are usually 8 to 10 inches in height. Finding The Right Length Sheets For Twin XL Most Twin XL size sheets will fit mattresses 12 inches deep (tall) or more. If you are concerned that your residence hall mattress is not very comfortable and would like to add a mattress pad topper to make it feel more comfortable you should allow for another 1 or 2 inches in height that your Twin XL fitted sheet will need to cover. If you are adding a waterproof mattress protector these are usual

College Bedding Shopping Tips

A good sleep is important to college and university students. If they cannot get a good sleep, their studies will be negatively affected. While college and university students that live in dorms have no control over the bed or the mattress that they have, they do have the ability to use the most comfortable bedding possible in order to have a good sleeping environment. The comfort of the bed mattress can be increased somewhat by adding a mattress cover and a feather pad. The mattress pad will reduce any noise that is caused by the plastic covering over the dorm bed mattress. The feather padding will add some comfortable through the structure within the feather filled cover. The sheet sets for the bed can also increase the sleep comfort levels. Be sure to purchase twin xl sheets rather than standard sheets. College and university dorm room beds are slightly longer than typical beds and require a sheet set that are somewhat longer. A twin XL sheet set with a high thread count will o

Unexpected Costs of College

College Fees The countdown to college can be a little intimidating because there is so much planning that must take place. Finding the right college that offers the major that you are interested in, that is also within your budget, is tough enough. Also, the earlier you plan the better, especially if you are planning on boarding in a dorm or renting an apartment. This is because the cost can be overwhelming if you don’t really do your research. The tuition and room and board are obviously the most expensive, but the other charges that are associated with college can also add up very quickly and are sometimes not expected. Other Costs The textbooks for college can add up very fast. Most of the time the books can be over $160.00 each, and if you are a full time student taking four classes this can easily cost over $700.00 each semester. However, if you are short on cash at the start of some semesters, you should be aware of signing up for science classes and

New Twin XL Dorm Bedding Set - 11 Piece Set

Now available on, the Ellie 11 piece dorm room bedding set! The Ellie girls dorm bedding set features bright warm colors and a collection of additional items. The bedding set includes a twin xl sheet set, comforter, sham, was clothes, laundry bag, dry erase calender board, storage unit crate, and more. For a limited time this Ellie set is available at a sale discount.