College's biggest challenge can be paying the bills

Congrats on getting in to college! Now send money

“Study hard. Go to college,” is the mantra of many parents to their children. Although some teens worry about getting in, many don’t realize that the biggest challenge of college isn’t always admission or academics, but simply being able to pay for it.

Illustration by Ruby Thompson of Avalon School

Cyberbullying is for cowards

Alfred Olson, 16, was visiting an online forum, “Forum Springs,” when an anonymous person told him: “Screw you, you suck.”

Working at college can help pay for school

If you are a student looking for ways to fund your college education without taking out loans, a good financial aid option to consider is work-study.

Lisa Fan

Where to find scholarships for college

Lisa used four popular websites that other teens had recommended: Fastweb, Cappex, Collegeboard and

Maya Parker artwork

How to get as many scholarships for college as possible

With college tuition rising each year, high school students everywhere are looking for ways to pay for college without building a huge pile of debt.

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.

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.

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?

Rapper Brother Ali never earned his diploma, but he wants to now

Q & A with Rapper Brother Ali: High school opens huge doors

Local rapper Brother Ali never finished high school. It made him feel shame, which is why he helped out Minneapolis public schools with an effort to attract back high school drop outs by doing a TV commercial for the district. After finishing his current tour, Brother Ali plans to finish his diploma.

Minneapolis campaigns to convince dropouts to return to school

Minneapolis works to bring back high school dropouts

After an estimated 1,900 students left Minneapolis public schools before graduating during the 2009-2010 school year, the school district teamed up with teen volunteers in a campaign to bring them back to school.

Caralyn Tignanelli, 19, and John Madison, 18

Young voters could make impact on the election, if they actually vote

Ashish Upreti sat on a damp curb, one of thousands of Minnesotans in line Oct. 23 to see President Barack Obama speak in support of Democratic Party candidates at the University of Minnesota at a rally. This election, Tues. Nov. 2, will be the 22-year-old’s first time voting.

Election 2010

Election 2010: Will young people vote?

When Barack Obama won the 2008 presidential election, many political pundits credited the high youth voter turnout as a deciding factor in his win. Traditionally, when youth actually turn out to the polls, they have a big impact on elections.

Cassie Ruha, 18, got this angel tattoo at 16 in memory of her grandfather

It's the law: no more tattoos for minors

Two years ago, Cassie Ruha got a tattoo of an angel on her back after her grandfather’s passing.

Texting teens increase 40 percent in 3 years.

Texting teens increase 40 percent in 3 years

When Grace Pastoor’s parents opened their April cell phone bill, they were shocked. The 80-page bill chronicled their 16-year-old daughter’s 34,000 text messages. They took her phone away because they thought her texting habit resembled an addiction.

A young worker serves up a funnel cake at the Minnesota State Fair.

Competition increasing for state fair jobs

Ben Ihlenfeldt, 16, said he thought working at the Minnesota State Fair would be “a fun way to earn some money.”

Tyler Otte of Dakota County poses with his Champion Black Angus

Teens sell livestock for thousands at state fair 4-H auction

On the first Saturday of the Minnesota State Fair, 18-year-old Tyler Otte’s champion Angus beef cattle earned him $5,600.

Julie Brandt had to petition to start a girls lacrosse team in 2003

Popularity of lacrosse increasing so fast there aren't enough coaches

In 2003, Julie Brandt was interested in playing a spring sport, but her school didn’t have one that she liked. So she and her friends started a petition at Centennial High School to create a girl’s lacrosse team. Seven years later, Julie is currently the head coach of St. Paul’s fifth and sixth grade girls lacrosse league.

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