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4 Reasons Why Applying for Local Scholarships Is Worth It

Jan 9, 2018 2:40:55 PM

Local scholarships are one of the best ways to hack away at your tuition bill. Why you ask? Because it's free money that doesn't need to be repaid and there are usually no strings attached! Scholarships are much like grants in that they don't need to be repaid, but they sometimes have requirements you must meet in order to win them, or you may be required to send in a separate application for the scholarship. If the scholarship is awarded by the school itself, you may need to get your admission application materials in earlier than normal to be considered. 

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Topics: Scholarships for High School Students

College Planning Tips for December

Dec 4, 2017 4:04:00 PM

The holidays are quickly approaching which means it won't be long before it's time to hit the slopes and make snow angels. Thankfully, December is a low key month in  for many students terms of college planning and college applications, but that doesn't mean you can slack off. Both Seniors and Juniors have things they can be doing in order to be prepared for the next step. Being proactive and getting ahead will save you the frustration and stress of struggling to meet deadlines in the future.

We've gathered the most important college planning tips for the month of December to help you stay on track.

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Topics: Scholarships for High School Students, College Planning

Need-based financial aid vs Merit-based aid

Nov 27, 2017 3:37:00 PM

If your child is heading to college next fall, you've likely spent some time pondering/worrying about how you are going to pay for it. Financial aid, the general term for financial assistance provided to families with a college-bound student, comes in two basic forms: need-based and merit-based. Below, we'll discuss the differences and how each is awarded.

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Topics: Scholarships for High School Students, College Financial Aid

How to pay for college with no money

Nov 17, 2017 9:15:00 AM

Your child has made a big commitment by choosing to go to college. Likewise, you are putting a large commitment in your child by agreeing to pay for college. But many parents, like yourself, can't help but wonder, "how the heck am I going to pay for this?"

The sticker price on a college education can no doubt lead to shock. If you see that number and wonder how to pay for college with no money, know that there are options available. Most families these days don't pay the sticker price published on a college website.

Here's what you can do so you don't need to either. 

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Topics: Scholarships for High School Students, College Financial Aid, Financial Education for Students

Scholarship Myths - Busted! [Infographic]

Apr 6, 2017 12:55:42 PM

While "shopping" for a college, the sticker price can be quite overwhelming. And unfortunately the trend shows that tuition and fees keep rising higher than the year previously. But on a positive note, there is a pattern in the net price that students are paying. There has been significant increases in grant aid (including scholarships), which allows students to attend college for less than what the college lists on their website. 

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Topics: Scholarships for High School Students

The 5 Biggest Financial Aid Mistakes you Can Easily Avoid

Dec 22, 2016 8:25:00 PM

There are a handful is mistakes repeated by rising students every year – the age-old errors that frustrate industry professionals primarily because they are so avoidable! Here are the 5 financial aid mistakes that we’d love to never, ever see again:

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Topics: Scholarships for High School Students, College Financial Aid, Borrowing for College

6 Effective Ways to Get More Scholarships

Dec 19, 2016 11:56:34 AM

Scholarship dollars are perhaps the most valuable currency in the financial aid game. Each scholarship represents free money – no repayment, no monthly bills. They also, importantly, represent the faith that an individual or organization is placing in a rising college student. So, how to score them? Read on.

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Topics: Scholarships for High School Students

4 Methods to Scholarship Domination

Nov 25, 2016 8:30:00 AM

"Scholarship" is a magical word, full of promise and possibility. It's a gamble, really - not for the recipient, but for the individual or organization awarding the precious thing. It's a calculated risk that a student will take a sum of money and that the education she receives, having put that money towards tuition, will make her better, will make the school better, will make us all, by proxy, better. It's a gamble, yes. But it's noble and worthwhile, and students - sometimes the most deserving of students - have been using scholarships for generations to pursue academic careers that would otherwise be completely cost prohibitive.

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Topics: Scholarships for High School Students, College Financial Aid

5 Ways to Fail at Your Scholarship Search

Jan 20, 2016 11:09:00 AM

You recently read a story in the news about a college grad who fully funded his education with scholarships. This story gets you excited. Maybe your child can graduate college with no debt simply by applying for scholarships. Millions of dollars in scholarships each year go unfunded, you hear. The wheels start spinning. Yes! This is the solution to your problems!

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Topics: Scholarships for High School Students

How Much Financial Aid Can I Get?

Dec 23, 2015 9:03:28 AM

On January 1, the floodgates to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) open up. Students and parents nationwide will eagerly complete the application (some laboring over it for hours) in hopes of getting the most financial aid possible. The majority of these families have no idea what to expect.

How much financial aid can you get and what influences what you are awarded? This is a question we hear again and again at the College Planning Center and the big answer is, "it depends."

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Topics: Scholarships for High School Students, College Financial Aid