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Stay Healthy at College

College students spend a lot of time worrying about their studies that sometimes they can forget the importance of taking care of their health. While college life involves new challenges, responsibilities and excitement, it can also be a stressful time. Students often deal with the social pressures of drinking, drugs and sexual activity. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offer the following tips for staying healthy and safe while in college:

  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Get enough sleep
  • Get regular physical activity
  • Maintain your health with checkups and vaccinations
  • If you decide to have sex, practice safe sex
  • Make smart choices about alcohol and drugs
  • Get help if you are stressed or depressed

Physical stress from sleep deprivation, making poor eating decisions, substance abuse and more can lead to stress in relationships, classes and overall well being. Knowing who and where to look for help when feeling overwhelmed is one of the first steps to taking control. The Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Women’s Health is offering free publications for college students on topics ranging from sunscreens and tanning, sexual health, depression and much more.

View and order free publications on college students’ health.

What does it mean if the FAFSA is returned stating not eligible for any Cal Grants? and Why? What else can be done?

Asked by an anonymous Tumblr user.

Cal Grants are student financial aid and funded by the State of California. They are available to California graduating high school seniors, recent graduates, and people who meet other qualifications. If you were denied a Cal Grant, you may be able to appeal depending on the type of award. Learn more about what you can do if you were denied.

There are other options for student aid from the government. Find out what types of aid you can get, if you qualify, and how to apply.

Image description: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Department of Education developed this Financial Aid Shopping Sheet to clearly and simply explain to students how much their college education will cost.
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan sent a letter to college and university presidents asking them to adopt it as part of their financial aid awards for the 2013-14 school year.

Image description: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Department of Education developed this Financial Aid Shopping Sheet to clearly and simply explain to students how much their college education will cost.

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan sent a letter to college and university presidents asking them to adopt it as part of their financial aid awards for the 2013-14 school year.

Asked by Anonymous

How can I get a ROTC scholarship?

The Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) is a college program offered at more than 1,000 colleges and universities across the United States that prepares students to become officers in the Military. 

ROTC students commit to serve in the Military after graduation (generally four years of Active Duty) in exchange for a partially or fully paid college education.

The Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Air Force each offer their own ROTC program. The Coast Guard doesn’t offer ROTC, but they do have a Student Reserve program.

Learn more about ROTC programs.

Asked by Anonymous

what can i do, since i did not register for selective services, and need money for my education

Most men between the ages of 18-25 must register with the Selective Service in order to be eligible to receive federal student aid and grants, including college work study.

Registration is the law. A man who fails to register may, if prosecuted and convicted, face a fine of up to $250,000 and/or a prison term of up to five years. Late registrations are accepted, but not once a man reaches age 26. Men who do not register within the 60-day window are technically in violation of the law and should register as soon as possible.

If you register, you will not be automatically inducted into the military. In the event of a crisis that requires a draft, men would be called in a sequence determined by random lottery number and year of birth and then examined before being exempted or inducted into military service.

In order to receive any money from the government for education, you must register for the selective service. You can register for the Selective Service online, by filling out a card at your local post office, or by checking the box on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Learn more about how to register, who is required to register, and what happens in a draft.