2015-2016 FAFSA School Code List

I have officially modified the website according to the 2015-2016 FAFSA School Code List.  All the links have been modified, and the list of schools and universities has been updated.  

You should take note of the changes, and verify that any school you are interested in is still there. More schools are gone this year than I’ve ever seen before, but there are some good ones added.

Gone:

  • Australian Catholic University (Australia)
  • Avondale College Limited (Australia)
  • Curtin University of Technology (Australia)
  • Deakin University (Australia)
  • Northern Territory University (Australia)
  • Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
  • Swinburne University of Technology (Australia)
  • University of Newcastle (Australia)
  • University of Southern Australia (Australia)
  • University of Western Sydney (Australia)
  • Victoria University of Technology (Australia)
  • Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium)
  • Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary (Canada)
  • Capilano University (Canada)
  • Institute for Christian Studies (Canada)
  • McMaster University (Canada)
  • Medicine Hat College (Canada)
  • Nova Scotia College of Art & Design (Canada)
  • Rocky Mountain College (Canada)
  • Trent University (Canada)
  • University of Lethbridge (Canada)
  • University of Waterloo (Canada)
  • 3rd Faculty of Medice, Charles University (Czech Republic)
  • University of Cambridge-New Hall (England)
  • University of Szeged Faculty of Medicine (Hungary)
  • Pontifical North American College (Italy)
  • Pontificia Universita Gregoriana (Italy)
  • Pontificia University San Tommaso (Italy)
  • Universidad de Guanajuato (Mexico)
  • Autonomous University of Tamaulipas (Mexico)
  • University of Waikato
  • University of Bergen (Norway)
  • University of Oslo (Norway)
  • Escuela Superior Administracion y Direccion de Empresas (Spain)
  • Karolinska Institutet (Sweden)
  • Nyenrode Business Universiteit (Netherlands)
  • University of Glamorgan (Wales)

 

New

  • Masarykova Univerzita (Czech Republic)
  • Norwich University of the Arts (England)
  • Regent’s University London (England)
  • University of Chester (England)
  • University of West London (England)
  • Cork Institute of Technology (Ireland)
  • Universidad del Noreste (Mexico)
  • Universidad de la Salle Bajio (Mexico)
  • Medical University of the Americas (St. Kitts-Nevis)
  • University of South Wales (Wales)

 

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24 Best Travel Blogs and Websites 2015

Got any good ideas?~DB

“24 Best Travel Blogs and Websites 2015”

by Team Fathom via “Fathom

24 Best Travel Blogs and Websites 2015

When we compiled our original 24 Best Travel Blogs and Websites, we thought we were creating an index that would be useful for readers and for ourselves. Little did we know it would become the most popular feature we’ve ever published.

Three years later, the web has evolved and new talent has emerged. After considering hundreds of sites (the internet: it likes to travel), we’re proud to announce the 24 Best Travel Blogs and Websites of 2015.

This year, we’re honing in on personal journeys and very specific lenses people use when traveling. You’ll find a blog that distills the world into 12-hour itineraries, a website that catalogs the world’s best reading nooks, an online compendium of weekend jaunts from NYC, and a guide to traveling in search of the best oysters. Happy exploring.  . . .

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2015-2016 FAFSA School Code List

I have officially modified the website according to the 2015-2016 FAFSA School Code List.  All the links have been modified, and the list of schools and universities has been updated.  

You should take note of the changes, and verify that any school you are interested in is still there.  Once again, the number of possibilities has continued to decrease. There were more than 10 schools removed from the list and only 3-4 added in. Argentina had a university added, as the only new country on the list.  

2014-2015 FAFSA School Code List

I have officially modified the website according to the 2014-2015 FAFSA School Code List.  All the links have been modified, and the list of schools and universities has been updated.  

You should take note of the changes, and verify that any school you are interested in is still there.  There were quite a few changes as many schools were dropped off the list and a few new ones were added.  I am sure that some people are going to be disappointed ~ there were far more removals than additions, including many that surprised me.  On the other hand, if you have always wanted to visit Saba, (a small island in the Caribbean which I am, for some reason only just hearing about), their medical school was added.  

“Ready to Go to Spain: What to Pack”

“Ready to Go to Spain: What to Pack”

by Arcadia University

“. . . . Students should be prepared to move their luggage through airports, on and off busses during orientation, and up several flights of stairs to their rooms. Student rooms are normally equipped with only a foot and a half of hanging space and two, three-foot bureau drawers or the equivalent shelf space, and emptied luggage is usually stored under beds. Keep this in mind when you’re packing.

The leave-half-behind rule.

We’ll say it again. You are going to have to carry whatever you pack by yourself, so leave behind half of what you think you need. You will be limited to two pieces of checked luggage and one carry-on bag on the flight, and even that is more than you can comfortably carry. Large, hard-sided suitcases are tough to carry and even more difficult to store. USE DUFFEL BAGS or a good, internal frame BACKPACK. Closet space will not be as generous as what you are used to, so even if you can get it there, you won’t necessarily know where to put it. No one has ever complained about taking too little luggage. If you don’t believe this, talk to a student who has done it before. Every year we see unhappy students struggle to get a mountain of their own luggage on and off buses and up and down stairs. Don’t be one of them. Continue reading

“TripAdvisor names travelers’ top picks for US, world destinations”

A lot of these cities/areas have colleges you can pick for study abroad! ** DB

“TripAdvisor Names Travelers’ Top Picks for US, World Destinations”

Bekah Wright

Travelers planning their summer getaways got hot tips on Tuesday — 50 of them, to be exact, when TripAdvisor announced the winners of its sixth annual Travelers’ Choice Awards. Vacation planners’ go-to locales make up the top-25 Traveler’s Choice Destination Lists for the United States and the world.

Winning destinations make the lists based on reviews and opinions from travelers who use the review and booking site.

“TripAdvisor has 260 million monthly unique visitors,” Julie Cassetina, TripAdvisor’s senior public relations specialist, told Yahoo Travel. “Using algorithms, over a 12-month period, we’re able to identify peak months and highest traffic to destinations, as well as taking into account user reviews and ratings for hotels, attractions and restaurants.”

Nearly 500 destinations worldwide grabbed coveted spots on the lists. “We saw new additions on both the US and World Destination Lists that people are excited about, whether it’s due to iconic sites and landmarks or outstanding restaurants, beaches and hotels,” Cassetina said.

(Source: TripAdvisor)

TripAdvisor noted newcomers and spot jumpers. Perhaps the most notable wasIstanbul, Turkey, which took top spot among world destinations, up from its former No. 11 position. One reason Cassetina gives for the surge: affordability. “Like many of the international destinations, particularly in Asia, Istanbul offers a great value with one U.S. dollar equaling two Turkish lira.”

Another trend TripAdvisor saw among the Top 25 in the world was an increase in Asian destinations. “Six of the top spots are from Asia, with four climbing at least 10 spaces over the past year,” Cassetina said. “These Asian cities are great for sightseeing, cuisine, weather and value.” 

In the group was Beijing, up 17 spots to No. 4; Hanoi, a newbie on the list, grabbing No. 8; Siem Reap, up 14 spots to No. 9; and Shanghai, climbing 12 rungs to No. 10. 

Other Asian winners were Bangkok (No. 20) and Chiang Mai (No. 24). “We’re especially pleased to see not one, but two Thai destinations recognized by TripAdvisor as part of the 2014 Travelers’ Choice Top 25 Destinations in the World,” Tourism Authority of Thailand – New York director Srimala Waraphaskul told Yahoo Travel. “Thais are known for being both friendly and hospitable, and this recognition is particularly gratifying because the voters are those who have intimately and positively experienced our destination with their loved ones and friends.”

Several U.S. destinations ranked high on the world list: New York City (No. 12, down 10 slots), Chicago (No. 18, down 4 spaces), and San Francisco (No. 25, down 18).  . . . .

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Tools: FAFSA School Code List

As most of you know, your average college student can’t survive without good old government school loans, and that means the dreaded FAFSA.  That horrid form you have to fill out every year just to prove what you already know, you’re broke. 😛  

For those of you studying abroad, you probably are aware that you can get federal loans to cover these classes if your school transfers them in or is in charge of the program.  Usually, this means you have to study via a US college’s program, either through your own university or as a visiting student at another college.  I have studied abroad several times, but only once through my own college.  All my law school classes abroad have been through programs offered by other US law schools who agreed to take me in.

But did you know that the FAFSA doesn’t just cover US schools?  Sometimes, your college is unwilling to transfer in credits.  Or you want to take more classes than is allowed for transfer purposes.  Or a program just isn’t offered through a US school in that country or area you wanted for that specialization you’ve been dying to research.   

For those situations, you might want to turn to the FAFSA School Code List available here.  You probably haven’t looked at this since your first semester when you had them send the forms to your college, but try taking a look at the bottom of the list.  That’s right, the FAFSA program may cover a program you’re interested in at a foreign school.  The list starts on page 147 of the form, and it includes numerous school in all sorts of countries.  So if you’ve always been interested in studying in Australia, but no US college offers a program at that university/city, check out this list.  If it’s on the list, it is covered by FAFSA and you can apply for US government school loans to cover that program of study the same as you would any US program.  This is how many US students are affording to get their entire degrees abroad. Technically, you can have an entire undergraduate or graduate degree covered with school loans in these schools via the FAFSA program, the same as if you studied in the US. Or even just a summer program.  It’s worth looking into!  Also remember, if it isn’t on this list then FAFSA won’t cover it.  So unless it’s on this list or you’re traveling there via a US college, you may  have to pay out-of-pocket.