Got the Scholarshop Blues?

.Having trouble jump-starting your scholarship search?  If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may have the scholarshop blues.

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  • Don’t know how to begin your search.
  • Approaching the end of your first semester as a high school senior and you have not registered on a scholarship search engine. Continue reading

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College Options

 

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 If you can’t afford to send your child to the college of their choice, consider some of these options: Community College, ROTC, GAP Year, and Tuition Free Colleges.
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Have You Had This Conversation?

college-savings-planIt is important that parents and students have a conversation on the subject of college choice and costs.  I am amazed at the number of students who apply to colleges and don’t know the cost of attendance and don’t know how their education will be paid.  Some have based their selection on how the dorms look, or what their friends say about the school or how the web page looks.

It is important for parents and students to have a realistic conversation about how much money is or is not available for college. This conversation should be held no later than freshman year.  Some parents have not been able to save for a college fund.  That‘s why it is important for students to maintain good grades because good grades=good money. Continue reading

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Filed the FAFSA? What’s Next?

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What happens next after you file the Free Application for Student Aid?  When you hit the Submit button, you will receive a confirmation letter.  This letter has very important information that you need  in helping you understand your eligibility for aid.  Be sure to print  a copy for your records.  The following article is from the U.S. Department of Education.  It provides helpful information on what happens next after you file the FAFSA. Continue reading

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What’s the Big Deal About November 1st?

early-action-deadlineNovember 1st is known as the first major deadline for college applications. It is also an important date for those looking for money to fund college.  The first places to look for scholarships are the schools you would like to attend. Depending on your school, it may also be the deadline to get institutional merit based scholarships.  Many colleges attach scholarship eligibility to the November 1st deadline.  Students applying Early Action need to determine if scholarships are associated with this date. Continue reading

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Are You Selecting the Right School?

college-choice-questions2   When researching colleges, it is important to find the best academic and financial fit.  Selecting the right school can save you thousands of dollars.  With the FAFSA filing date moving to Oct 1, more time can be devoted to selecting the right school for you.

In my counseling with students, one of the biggest barriers to finding the best match is “you”.   Some students pay more attention to their peer’s choice and college selection and not their own.  What is it that you want in a school?  What are your personal likes and dislikes?  Do you want to attend a large, medium, or small school?  Are you comfortable living in an urban, rural or small town environment?  Are you comfortable being in a lecture hall setting with 500 students?  Do you care whether the professor knows your name and has office hours?   Is it important that your school is diverse in students and staff?  Is this school affordable for you? Continue reading

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Financial Aid Mistakes

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Not having an understanding of how the financial aid process works can cost you a fortune.  The major mistake many people make is waiting to late start the process.  I feel parents should begin educating themselves on this process in their student’s freshman year of high school.  Knowledge is power.  The more knowledge, you gain in these areas the more benefits and options you have.   Do not allow yourself to make the following mistakes: Continue reading

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