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Financial Aid: Quick Tips

Financial aid comes with a lot of mysteries for most students ready to enter college for the first time. But, there are really just a few important facts that you need to remember, and you will be able to easily take care of one of the daunting, necessary steps for beginning your college career. First, start with applying for aid from the Department of Education. This is easily done by using their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which may be found online at Don’t make the mistake of thinking that this is the only aid you can receive. Many states offer tuition benefits, as well. In addition, check into local community programs, churches, and more. Stafford...

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Where to Find the Biggest Scholarship

A guest post by Michelle Kretzschmar of If you’re looking for scholarships to pay for college, it’s time to stop playing with duck tape and start looking at colleges. Why? Because students are likely to receive their largest scholarship from the colleges they actually attend. After the federal government, institutions are the largest provider of financial aid to students. In fact, colleges provide the largest amount of scholarships to individual students. This includes both need-based and merit-based awards. According the National Center for Education Statistics,  public doctorate-granting institutions provide an average of $4,500 to 25.3% of students while...

What are the Qualifications for Scholarships?

Students may wonder what qualifies people for different scholarships. These are one of the best ways to pay for college, since they do not need to be repaid. There are many different scholarships available. Which one is right for you depends on the student’s history and talents. The history of the student, including whether or not they participated in after-school or community events can also make a difference. There are private and public scholarships available. Many of these will require students to complete an essay or project, showing the work you can do. If you question if you can make the qualifications for college scholarships, try anyway. If you can’t quite accomplis one,...

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Managing the Scholarship Application Process

With my oldest daughter, keeping track of scholarship applications was more difficult than keeping track of college applications, because there were so many scholarships with different deadlines and different requirements.  It was also challenging to keep my daughter interested in applying to dozens of scholarships with different sets of required materials. Due to the face that I work as a project manager, I decided that if I found a way to organize the scholarship application process for my daughter, it would help her stay motivated to apply for scholarships and not feel overwhelmed by the process.  I found it very helpful to create a “scholarship tracker.”  It allowed us to keep track...

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Scholarships 101: How to Find Them

Finding scholarships as you apply to colleges is well worth the time and effort. There are several sources of information about scholarships, and services which provide leads for students. Scholarships are provided by several organizations, so it is important to look around, and try to be awarded as many as possible. Businesses, schools, churches, and community organizations offer scholarships for students quite frequently. The first place you want to start is with the financial aid office of the school(s) you wish to attend. They will have some great resources for you. Since they work every day with agencies and organizations that offer these programs, they can become a great advocate for you...

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College Application Senior Year Checklist

When the bus pulls up for the first day of your last year of high school, you are well on your way to getting into college!   Going into your final year of high school is exciting. Here are seven college application tips to remember for your senior year checklist in high school: 1) You should narrow your choice of school down to just a few finalists. By the time you start 12th grade, you should have your selection down to just three to five schools. 2) If you have not already taken your SAT’s, you will need to do so during your senior year in high school. If you took it in your junior year and were not happy with the results, you can take it again. 3) Finish applying for scholarships....

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Are You the First in the Family to go to College?

Being the first in your family to leave for college can be lonely. But those at home will welcome you back.Public domain photo by Kim Newberg. Being the first person in your family to attend college can present some unique challenges and opportunities. The first-generation student does not have the resource of family members who have previously gone through the college process. This means that you will need to take advantage of the knowledge of others, including your high school counselors and friends of your parents who have attended higher education. Also, be sure to attend your freshman orientation. These sessions can answer many questions you might have about attending university and living...

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What is the ROTC?

The ROTC can be your step up to a military career, if that is what you want to do.
Picture courtesy U.S. Army ROTC

What is the ROTC, and should you consider joining the program? That will depend a lot on what you are looking for, as the system has several advantages and disadvantages for students.
ROTC is short for Reserve Officer Training Corps, and the program, which began in 1819, is available from every branch of the U.S. military. (more…)

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