Am I Eligible for Grants?

Posted on October 31, 2014 by Delaware Valley College.

The main difference between a grant and a loan is that you don’t have to repay a grant if you meet certain requirements, while a loan must be repaid without exceptions. There are standard requirements that you must meet to be eligible for a grant, for example, you must be a U.S. citizen, have a valid social security number, have a high school diploma or GED, and complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA includes information such as your parents’ income to help the U.S. Department of Education determine your need for financial aid. After you file the form providing this information, you'll receive a document explaining what you'll be awarded, if anything. 


Types of Admission

Posted on October 27, 2014 by Delaware Valley College.

Applying to college can be stressful, but being prepared and informed can help make the process easier. Before sending out applications, it’s important to keep track of what admission types each school offers. The many different types of admission may seem complicated, but the following definitions will help eliminate confusion.


Five Items a Care Package Should Contain

Posted on October 24, 2014 by Delaware Valley College.

The transition from home to residence hall can be difficult for a college freshman. The new environment, challenging studies and added responsibilities can be overwhelming. Sending a care package can mean the world, especially if the student is feeling homesick. It also may be a challenge for students to get to a grocery store, whether they lack transportation or have a busy schedule. Below are a few tips on the most important items to include in a care package for a college student.


Interning with The Butterfly House

Posted on October 22, 2014 by Courtney Scott '15, conservation and wildlife management.

I had never even considered a career in entomology. In fact, I was accepted to Delaware Valley College as biology major. After switching my major to conservation and wildlife management my career plans began to change. By the end of my sophomore year, I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do after graduation. Since I was very active in DelVal’s Apiary Society since freshman year and had developed a love for bees, I thought about pursuing entomology. Dr. Chris Tipping’s entomology class soon became one of my favorites, and it only got better when one day one of my classmates brought in a small container with a monarch butterfly in it. 

Her name was Stommy Blauth and she was auditing the class to learn more about butterflies and other insects. We became good friends, and she even brought in a monarch butterfly for my collection. She told me she was the director of the butterfly house at Churchville Nature Center, and she was always looking for volunteers to work there during the summer. May 2014 rolled around and I was officially in training to becoming a butterfly docent and caterpillar rearer. 


Getting more graduation caps in the air

Posted on October 17, 2014 by Wendy Wakefield '12, counseling psychology.

Only 59 percent of students attending public and public charter high schools in Washington, D.C., graduate within four years--the lowest rate in the nation. My name is Wendy Wakefield and I graduated from Delaware Valley College in 2012 with a degree in counseling psychology. I am now a high school special education mathematics teacher in our nation’s capital.  I became a teacher because I believe everyone has the right to a quality education, and not everyone receives that, especially our youth. Young people who leave school without the skills and knowledge they need are less able to provide a decent quality of life. As a teacher, it is my job to make sure that the students I teach can obtain the education that they deserve, especially those students with disabilities who are often overlooked.


The Difference Between Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans

Posted on October 14, 2014 by Delaware Valley College.

Higher education is an important but expensive investment, which is why students should investigate loan options to put their degrees within reach. Researching the different types of loans can be complicated, especially Stafford loans, which are the most common government student loans and are awarded after students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Stafford loans are either subsidized or unsubsidized and this article will explain each of them.


5 Things to Do in Doylestown

Posted on October 10, 2014 by Delaware Valley College.

Doylestown is a wonderful community full of arts, culture and history. From the vast park system to the charming shops, the town is brimming with activities you’re sure to enjoy. The following places and activities will provide endless hours of fun for you and your friends.


DelVal alumni offer advice to students

Posted on October 8, 2014 by Lynn Carroll, director of alumni engagement.

Five Delaware Valley College alumni joined a faculty member on campus Sept. 17 to share advice with students considering careers in food science and technology. Their tips ranged from the universal "keep building your network," to industry-specific ideas, such as joining the local chapter of a professional association.


How to Apply for a Student Loan

Posted on October 6, 2014 by Delaware Valley College.

Private loans, as opposed to federal loans that are funded by the government, are loans provided by a lender such as a bank, credit union, or school. Students who aren’t eligible for financial aid from the government often pay for their education through private loans. The tips below will guide you through the process of applying for a private student loan.


3 Reasons You Need a Resume Now

Posted on October 2, 2014 by Stacy Swearengen, coordinator of career services.

Having helped students with job and college applications over the years, I realize there always seems to be some very pressing reason not to work on your resume—from having too much homework to having no time because of a "Big Bang Theory" marathon. While some reasons are undoubtedly valid, the reality is that there will always be some distraction or priority to divert our attention away from the things we really need to do. 

Here are the top three, most pressing reasons you should have a resume now—no matter where you are in your career as a student at Delaware Valley College or as a job seeker.