It’s no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has turned education upside down. Every day more schools move some or all of their classes online. Whether it’s called “remote learning,” “distance learning” or “eLearning,” they’re all basically the same thing – education that takes place via the Internet. Online education can include K-12 education, career education, and college degree programs. But there is a lot of misinformation out there about online education. These are some of the biggest myths about online learning and why they’re wrong:
Online classes aren’t as good as traditional in-class learning. Studies show that online students perform better on standardized tests. (https://potomac.edu/learning/online-learning-vs-traditional-learning/) Online students often have more time to complete assignments, which means that online education programs are often more effective than traditional learning.
- You have to be a genius to manage the technology. Completely false. New technology makes online learning very user-friendly. Often, you can even participate in online classes right on your cell phone! Schools offer training guides and other resources to make your learning process as easy as possible, no matter what Learning Management System (LMS) the school uses.
- Online courses are easier. Another total myth. Schools have reputations to uphold. This means their online courses have the same course goals, the same curriculum, and often the same instructors as traditional courses. In fact, some people find online education can be more challenging because a student might need more self-motivation, but the flexibility of online education makes up for that.
- Students in online classes don’t get enough attention from faculty. Untrue. From emails and telephone calls to private Zoom meetings, online education offers more ways for students to interact directly with instructors than traditional classes. Education expert Dr. Lisa Collins explains this, “When you teach in a traditional classroom, you need to worry about every student in that class during that specific time period when you have all of them together. In the online environment…You can dedicate your attention to a specific student.” https://www.gettingsmart.com/2014/03/online-learning-enables-personalized-learning-interview-dr-lisa-collins/
In short, it seems that nearly everything people believe about online education is wrong!
So, if you want to start a new career, or learn a new trade, don’t let misinformation hold you back from starting your new online education today!
Turn Your Gap Year Into An Experiential Education
Many people had never heard of a gap year when Malia Obama, eldest daughter of former President Barack Obama, took one after high school to travel, volunteer, and complete an internship. A “gap year” is a break between high school and other forms of education, and it’s increasingly popular as today’s students make more careful choices about their futures.
This is even more true now that the COVID-19 pandemic has made many students reconsider moving into a dormitory at a traditional college. Alternative plans such as beauty school have emerged as practical and productive options for education after high school or when changing careers.
Why is beauty school a popular gap year choice?
- Save money: College costs have increased more than 25% in the past decade. Beauty schools are far less expensive. Students may qualify for financial aid, the education takes less time than college, and students finish with skills that can lead to employment!
- Freedom of Choice: Beauty school certificates come in many fields: you can earn one in barbering, cosmetology, aesthetics, manicuring, and more!
- Build Your Resume: Beauty school helps you gain the professional experience that employers want in your trade and in customer service through required practice hours.
A gap year spent learning a trade at beauty school can be both productive and profitable!
Financial Aid 101 with Jessica Churchill
Just because education doesn’t come with an inexpensive price tag, doesn’t mean that your educational goals should suffer. We met with The Salon Professional Academy Financial Aid Director, Jess Churchill, to help break down the process and make going to school seem less overwhelming.
- What does FAFSA mean?
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid
- Who is eligible to apply for Financial Aid?
- Everyone! Not all qualify
- How many different financial aid award years does a student need to fill out FAFSA’s for?
- Generally, two, however, it all depends it on how close you are starting to July 1 (New Award Year). That determines which FAFSA”s” need to be completed.
- How far in advance should a student fill out their FAFSA?
- As soon as possible. You are able to apply for FAFSA two years prior to starting a program. But it is preferred to be submitted no later than 6 weeks before a start date.
- How does a student know if they are considered an independent or a dependent applicant?
- Depending on their age, if they are married or have dependents will determine the results of a dependent or independent student
- Can a student be eligible for FAFSA if they have attended a prior school?
- A student can be eligible for FAFSA depending on their current situation
- Are there any programs that aren’t eligible for FAFSA?
- All the programs at The Academy are eligible for FAFSA
- What is available to students who are not eligible for Federal Student Aid?
- The student would then have the option of using Scholarships, in house payment plans and/or consumer loans
- How does someone start the FAFSA?
- They start by going to ed.gov and creating a FSA ID
- After the FASFA is submitted, how does a student know what they qualify for and what to do next?
- It takes anywhere from 1 to 3 days for me to receive the FAFSA. Once I do, I will reach out to the student to set up a time to meet and discuss the students results and to let them know if there is anything else needed to support the FAFSA entries.
- What happens once I am enrolled and am ready to borrow financial aid?
- We will meet and the student will fill out documents pertaining to the money they want to borrow, complete entrance counseling and sign a master promissory note.
For more information on using FAFSA at The Salon Professional Academy contact Jessica at 920.968.0434 ext 122 or our Website.
((scholarships, grants & financial aid are avail to those who qualify))