For example, as I work with more and more districts about converting over to mobile devices in the classrooms, the discussions always leads to the apps that these devices will use. But almost without exception as I start to suggest certain apps over others there is always someone in the group to freak out over the price of an app.
“You mean the app is not free?”
“No, it is $1.99.” I repeat.
“Can't you find one that is free and does the same thing?” they fire back.
“Yes, there might be one that is free, but it won't do the same thing.” I answer back knowing where this is headed.
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 …