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9 Fast Facts about the FAFSA

by South University
April 26, 2015

Before filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), it's important to get familiar with a few facts. Remember, the FAFSA must be completed accurately and on time if you hope to obtain federal aid. We're here to help with these 9 quick tips! (Financial aid is available to those who qualify)

9 Fast Facts about the FAFSA

1. Financial support is widely available.

Over $150 billion in financial aid money is awarded annually by the U.S. Department of Education to more than 15 million students across the country.

2. You must apply to see if you qualify for federal aid.

Remember: if you don't apply, you don't qualify. Applying doesn’t mean you automatically qualify, but you won’t know if you don’t apply. Also, the earlier you complete your FAFSA, the better.

3. The FAFSA includes all types of federal student aid.

This includes grants, loans, and work-study eligibility.

4. You’ll need to gather specific information before starting the application.

When you complete the FAFSA, you'll need the following information by your side: a FSA ID (obtained from the FAFSA website), your social security number, a driver's license (if available), tax records, records of untaxed income, information on your assets, and the names of the schools you may be attending.

5. The FAFSA should take less than 30 minutes.

The average FAFSA application doesn't even take a half hour, so pick a time and complete it!

6. Many state governments and schools use FAFSA.

It's not just the federal government using FAFSA to determine financial aid. Individual schools and state governments also reference the application to determine financial aid eligibility.

7. Don’t rely only on filing the FAFSA.

In addition to applying for federal aid, you can apply for scholarships and grants from a variety of other organizations, possibly including your school. You might qualify for state aid, military education benefits, private loans, or for an employer-sponsored education plan. You can also make monthly payments on your tuition. If you still feel your aid package isn't enough, contact your school's financial aid office and talk with them about your concerns and what options may be available to you.

8. You need the complete the FAFSA every year.

FAFSA is not a one-and-done deal. You’ll need to complete the full application for every year in which you will be attending college and requesting financial aid, and your packages may vary.

9. You can find your South University FAFSA code here.

You’ll need to know the code for your location when completing the FAFSA. Find each code by state at

by South University
April 26, 2015
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10 Simple Ways to Be Greener in Your Daily Life

by South University
April 21, 2015

With Earth Day happening, there’s no better time to start thinking of ways you can give back to the environment. Each April 22, we honor our planet and reflect on ideas to conserve natural resources.

This year marks the 45th anniversary of Earth Day! Join in this milestone celebration by greening up your life using the 10 ideas below. Earth Day

1. Unplug Your Electronics

As a student, you spend a lot of time using your computer, printer and iPad charger. There’s a good chance you leave these devices plugged in when you’re not using them, which wastes electricity. Rather than having to constantly plug and unplug everything, invest in a power strip that you can easily switch on and off.

2. Take Public Transportation

Do you drive to work, campus, or the library alone each day? If so, consider carpooling or taking public transportation. Not only will you help cut down on pollution, you’ll also save money on gas. Plus, you can add extra time into your day by studying on the bus or train!

3. Stop Buying Bottled Water

Sure, it’s a bit easier to pick up a bottle of water at the nearest gas station, but it creates a ton of waste. In fact, it takes more than 17 million gallons of oil each year to produce bottled water. Do your part to help the environment by installing a filter on your tap at home and purchasing a reusable water bottle.

4. Buy Reusable Bags and Containers

If you work or attend on-campus classes, it’s only natural (and smart) that you may often opt to pack lunch or dinner to take with you. Rather than carrying your items in disposable bags and containers, invest in a few reusable ones that you can wash and bring back each day.

5. Use Less Paper

Think about it, how often do you print documents when you could just view them online? Save a few trees and use as little paper as possible. It’s good for the environment and it’s also much easier to not have to carry bulky papers around.

6. Make a Habit of Recycling

Many things you come across in you daily life are recyclable, such as cans, newspapers, magazines, bottles and more. Do the Earth a favor and designate a bin in your home strictly for recyclables. Many municipalities even collect recycling from your home, making this effort incredibly easy.

7. Open a Window

Sometimes it’s much warmer or cooler in your home than it actually is outside. Open the windows instead of turning on the heat or air conditioning. You’ll fill your house with fresh air and save money on your utility bill, all while being eco-friendly.

8. Pay Bills Electronically

Are you still writing checks and putting bills in the mail? If so, simplify your life and reduce waste by paying your bills online.

9. Eat Local

Head to your local farmer’s market to buy fresh produce, as it can reduce the pollution and energy used by transporting, storing and refrigerating fruits and vegetables grown elsewhere. You’ll be rewarded with lower prices and foods that contain more nutrients.

10. Take Shorter Showers

The average shower uses five gallons of water per minute. Help reduce water consumption by cutting back on your shower time. Even a three minute decrease will save 15 gallons of water.

by South University
April 21, 2015
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Finding the Right Fit: Exercise Ideas for Seniors

by South University
April 15, 2015

It’s certainly no secret that exercise is good for the body, but many seniors incorrectly assume they’ve passed the point of reaping the benefits. In reality, physical activity and exercise are always a good idea. Staying active offers a wide-variety of health benefits to seniors, such as reducing the impact of illness or chronic disease, increasing mobility and balance, improving sleep, boosting self-confidence, stimulating brain activity and more. Continuing Education

The type of exercise that’s most beneficial varies according to a number of factors, including health concerns. For this group, it’s especially important to start slow, set short-term goals and stick to a schedule to effectively make physical activity a regular occurrence. Healthcare professionals can and should play an important role in helping and encouraging seniors to start such exercise programs.

Here are 5 of the many ways for the seniors to engage in physical activity.

1. Walking

If there’s a safe place to do, it’s great exercise for seniors to walk laps for 30 minutes each day. Many malls also open early, before most of the stores, serving as another excellent place to walk. Regular cardio workouts help reduce fatigue and shortness of breath.

2. Yoga

Regularly participating in yoga classes is a great way for seniors to increase their flexibility and balance. Yoga stretches are designed to keep the muscles and joints active, keeping them healthy and decreasing the risk of injury. This reduces the risk of sustaining an injury while performing everyday tasks.

3. Water Aerobics

Taking exercise into the water reduces stress and strain on the joints, decreasing the risk of becoming injured. It’s a great way to increase cardiovascular health and build upper and lower body strength. This low-impact workout can be good for seniors who aren’t currently very active to ease their way into exercising.

4. Strength and Power Training

Strength training builds muscle, helps to prevent loss of bone mass and improves balance. This exercise can actually be completed at home, using body weight, elastic bands and free weights. It’s a great way to build speed, prevent falls, lift objects around the house and stay independent. Seniors who are wheelchair bound can participate in this activity too.

5. Tai Chi

This Chinese-inspired practice can help the elderly improve both their mental and physical well-being. It’s a non-strenuous activity, so it doesn’t put any added pressure on the muscles and those with physical limitations can also join in. Tai Chi works to increase the flow and energy throughout the body and can effectively relieve pain, reduce arthritis symptoms, lower blood pressure, improve balance, strengthen the lower body and more.

For Healthcare Professionals Working With Seniors

Are you a nurse or a nursing student who is committed to helping seniors enjoy longer and healthier lives? Mark your calendar for the complimentary April continuing education webinar series and course, Young at Heart, Sponsored by South University and conducted by The three webinars cover a variety of topics centered on seniors, including Signs of Aging and Geriatric Warning Signs, An In-Depth Look at Identifying and Managing Delirium in the Geriatric Population and Physical Activity and Exercise. Register today!

by South University
April 15, 2015
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Introducing Two New Nursing Specializations

by South University
April 10, 2015
Introducing Two New Nursing Specializations

South University, Online Programs is excited to announce that the RN to MSN program is getting two new specializations — Family Nurse Practitioner and Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner.

“South University has a strong cadre of Nursing programs,” said Dr. Charles Hossler, R.N., Ph.D., FNP, Interim Dean at the South University College of Nursing and Public Health. “We currently offer the MSN with a specialization in Nurse Practitioner programs for either family or Adult-Gerontology. Making the degrees available through the RN to MSN tracks will create an avenue for even more students to pursue the NP roles.”

As of June 2014, there were approximately 6,100 designated areas with a primary care health professional shortage, according to the Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The HRSA estimates it would take roughly 8,200 additional primary care physicians to eliminate this deficit.

By educating nurses through our programs in the College of Nursing and Public Health, including these new additions, South University is striving to do its part to alleviate this problem and prepare more students to provide quality care to more people.

New Nursing Specializations Add Value

The two new RN to MSN programs will give our students the opportunity to gain valuable skills in the high needs areas of gerontology and family care.

“Specializations improve the student experience by allowing each student to individualize their own future in nursing and develop special skills tailored for each nursing position,” Dr. Hossler noted.

The RN to MSN degree programs can also help students to earn a master’s degree in less time than in other programs.

Learn about Our New Nursing Specializations

Find out more about the two new nursing specializations offered at South University, Online Programs:

  • RN to Master of Science in Nursing with a Specialization in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner: Develop the skills needed to advance in today’s challenging nursing field. This program focuses on community-based care, with an emphasis on at-risk and vulnerable populations. This is a great option for nurses looking to give back to their communities by increasing health promotion, protection, and disease prevention. Enjoy the ability to earn both a BSN and an MSN upon completion of the program. Request more information about this specialization.
  • RN to Master of Science in Nursing with a Specialization in Family Nurse Practitioner: Grow your nursing skills and gain the experience needed to pursue more advanced positions in today’s challenging health care environment. This program blends nursing theory with advanced practice concepts that will prepare you to work within a health care organization or educational setting. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to earn both a BSN and an MSN by completing one program. Request more information about this specialization.

The South University College of Nursing and Public Health strives to offer a broad range of programs that supports an array of degree programs. Our nursing students are exposed to a wide-variety of perspectives and enjoy a well-rounded experience looking at issues through multiple lenses. Learn more about South University and our programs today!

by South University
April 10, 2015
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Transfer of Credit: 5 Ways to Qualify and Shorten Your Path to Graduation

by South University
April 9, 2015

Did you start school at another institution but had to withdraw before graduating? Maybe you’re currently enrolled elsewhere and beginning to think about switching schools. Or perhaps you’re preparing to earn your degree and you’re hoping your professional experience or prior knowledge can give you a head start.

Transfer of Credit: 5 Ways to Qualify and Shorten Your Path to Graduation

Either way, South University believes what you already know and the progress you’ve already made toward earning your degree should not be ignored. We’re happy to evaluate your past schooling (including associate’s degree programs) and experience to see if you qualify for a transfer of credits.

While there’s a limit to the total credit hours you can transfer toward an undergraduate degree at South University, transfer credit is a great way to reduce your total cost and save time earning your degree. Five types of credit transfers available at South University include:

1. Credit from Previous Courses

Earn credit for courses you’ve already taken at an accredited college or university. If the course was offered at South University or compatible with the university’s distribution requirements, you may be eligible to earn credits for grades of a C or better. You may also be able to receive course credit if you achieved AP credit with a high score.

2. Military Training and Experience

If you’re a veteran or active duty member of the military, your training and experience may have already earned you credits toward your degree. Discuss your training, coursework and occupational specialty with your academic and admissions team to see if you qualify.

3. Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DSST)

Get credit in more than 30 areas for knowledge you’ve acquired outside a traditional classroom setting, by taking an exam to see if you’re eligible to receive college credit. Exam fees are as low as $80 and can help you save time and money by not having to sit through courses you’ve already mastered.

4. College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Take a CLEP exam and have your results sent directly to South University to see if you’re eligible to receive college credit for the skills you’ve gained on-the-job or in a non-traditional educational setting. Each exam is $80, but can help you earn your degree in a much quicker and more cost effective manner.

5. American Council on Education (ACE) Certifications

The ACE College Credit Recommendation Service (CREDIT) helps experienced professionals earn college credit for formal courses and examinations taken outside a traditional classroom. ACE also includes military training. Talk to your Academic Counselor about any training you’ve already undergone that may qualify as transfer credits.

Learn More about Transferring Your Credit!

Transfer credit is evaluated on a case-by case basis. South University offers no guarantee that credit earned at another institution will be accepted into a program of study offered by South University.

Want to know more? Call us today at 1.888.444.3404 to speak with our Admissions team about what credit you may be eligible for and how that credit could you help complete your degree program in less time!

South University does not guarantee third-party certification/licensure. Outside agencies control the requirements for taking and passing certification/licensing exams and are subject to change without notice to South University.

by South University
April 9, 2015
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