For more than two decades, Michael Keathley has been an active writer, editor, and educator. After completing a Master of Arts in Classics, additional graduate work in English and education, and overseas study in Macedonia, Italy, Greece, and Pakistan, he authored several monthly columns in international newspapers. He also wrote three books under the pseudonym Michael A. Dimitri, as well as several hundred articles while working as a faculty member and administrator at various postsecondary institutions both on ground and online. His research interests include Macedonian Studies, Composition/Rhetoric, and online pedagogy. He is a frequent lecturer and presenter at national and international conferences. Join him on Twitter for more discussion at @MichaelKeathley or reach him on Google+.
At BestCollegesOnline.com, we’re excited about guiding you toward challenging, satisfying academic programs that will propel your career into the future. We know that competition for exciting careers is tough, which is why we provide the most current guides, news, tips, and rankings to prepare you for college and the job search after graduation.
To help you keep up with the latest trends in higher education, Michael Keathley reports onEDU News, which brings you news from around college campuses and academia, surveying national reports and opinion, school-specific news items, and current college trends.
To learn more about specific online colleges and universities, visit our College Guide. If you’re not sure what subject you want to study, head over to our Rankings section to learn about the top online programs in business, education, health care, criminal justice, and more.
Check out our Career Guides to learn about specific job titles. Learn how to prepare for the job you want, what that job entails, and how much you’ll earn once you get there. We’ve covered virtually every job within industries like health care, teaching, real estate, art and design, communications, the sciences, community outreach, business, the performing arts, computer science, and more.
If you’re ready to get back into the classroom but are new to online learning, check out the Ask Our Advisor section. It breaks down the essentials of paying for school, communicating with professors, finding high-quality online colleges, buying supplies, picking a degree program, and getting support as you earn your degree.
Visit the Blog to read posts about higher education, succeeding in the job market, feature stories on college culture, and even more tips for online learning.
You can also find us on Facebook for more news and conversation about the online college experience!
With the price of tuition and books soaring, college can get costly. Luckily, there are ways you can get free money to help make your higher education experience more affordable.
Grant money, however, is usually based largely on need and is often parceled out on a first-come, first-served basis. As college costs skyrocket, it's important to apply early for financial aid and be aware of any available grants that might help lower your college costs.
Four types of grants
First, the major types of grants: Federal Pell Grants. By far the largest grant program, Pell grants range from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars. These grants are based solely on need, as determined by the student's college of choice using federally approved guidelines. Eligible colleges receive a fixed amount of Pell money each year; once it's gone, it's gone, which is why it can pay to apply for aid early. Students receiving Pell grants who are math, science or …