College grants are free money

Like scholarships, grants are “free money” because you don’t have to pay them back.

Break down of a financial aid award letter

Probably the most important letter your college will send you to will be the financial aid award letter.

Tips for managing your student loans

Here are some great tips for handling student loans before and during college.

Maya Parker artwork

Borrowing money for school? Know what it costs you

For every person who dreams of going to college, there is the reality check of how much it’s going to cost.

Dymanh Chhoun

Not an academic superstar? College still an option

Dymanh Chhoun wasn’t an academic superstar in high school, and he also didn’t borrow a lot of money for college, but he’ll accomplish his dream this spring of graduating with a degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Minnesota.

Mariah Davis

Need money for college? Fill out the FAFSA.

Intimidated about filling out the form for college financial aid? Reporter Mariah Davis breaks it all down.

Why teens give up on college

A teen gives up on college

A comic strip by Anna LaFavor sketches the moment a teen can lose hope of going to college.

Girl overrun with input about her college decision

Not sure what you want to be? Research can help you decide.

Through research, Sinthia discovers a career choice she thought was the right one might not be for her.

Mary Durden

College leads to unexpected paths

Mary knew college would expose her to new ideas and opportunities, but the future she chose there surprised her.

Is college worth it?

In 2010, in the middle of the Great Recession, when many college grads were selling shoes or delivering pizza,
some people asked: Is college worth it?

Emily Samano

Paying for college – my parents helped

My parents agreed to pay for four years of my college. They did not want me to be in debt after college.

Election 2010

Bigger classes? Better teachers? How the governors' race matters to teens.

The governors’ election in Minnesota this year can make or break your next school year. Mark Dayton is the DFL candidate, Tom Emmer is the Republican candidate and Tom Horner is the Independence Party candidate. Each is offering something different to the schools if he becomes governor.

Even though I’m not of voting age yet, this election is important to me to see what the candidates have to offer and why this election makes a difference for schools.

Senior slide illustration by Ruby Thompson

Senior slide: Will it cost you?

The term “senior slide” sounds like a school dance move, but it’s not.

Chaos, coffee and construction

For the past two months, the ThreeSixty office has experienced many sounds that would make the average person run out of the room – from thumping that sounds as if our ceiling is going to crash throug


Alumni push for change in classrooms and newsrooms

Just before Christmas, I got to visit with three alums of ThreeSixty – two still in college, one in her first professional job.

College isn't the only option for finding a good job

When Xaye Thao-Pha started changing oil as an intern for Alexander’s Imports in Minneapolis when he was 18, he was already pretty certain about his future career.

He was good with his hands and he liked working on cars. “I use my hands for everything,” he said. As a senior at Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis, he started excelling in his auto mechanics classes in his senior year.

Scholarships can tempt injured teen athletes to play

As high school athletics become more competitive, many injured athletes rush their rehabilitation and come back early in hopes of achieving an athletic scholarship.

“College scouts, once they actually know that your injured, they’ll cut you off at that point, because than they can get someone who’s good and didn’t have a leg or an arm injury,” said Mychal Frelix, a linebacker and freshman at the University of St. Thomas.

Study abroad down, economy a suspect

If Renee Huset, a junior at the University of St. Thomas, hadn’t gone on a study abroad trip to South Africa, she wouldn’t have had a huge herd of zebras surround her on a safari.

“If that wasn’t cool enough, my friend Rachael told me to look to my left and I saw what looked like a scene from ‘The Lion King.’ Around a big watering hole were zebras, gazelles, wildebeests, and likely more animals I didn’t recognize running around carefree. It was amazing,” Huset said.

Secret of two Sams' perfect SAT score: Joy in learning

To get a perfect score on the SAT test, most people believe that you have to spend an unusual amount of time studying.

That wasn’t the case for Sam Peterson, the Chaska High School senior who scored a perfect 2400 on the SAT last year. “I bet I spent about 15-20 hours preparing for the SAT,” he said.

What Peterson doesn’t mention is that he loves learning and has been taking Advanced Placement classes and doing a lot of homework since sophomore year.

VIDEO -- First in the family: Navigating college without a compass

Being the first in your family to go to college means entering an uncharted world. There is help around for first-generation students, but as for all college students, there are many ways to get off course quickly: academically, financially, socially. Some don’t make it through.

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