Scholarship Tips


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In previous posts I have discussed the importance of registering on scholarships search engines like Fastweb and  Another great resource to find scholarships is my Scholarshopmom Facebook fan page and my Scholarshopmom twitter page.

I post scholarships on both pages on a daily basis. If you are looking for one-stop shopping for scholarships you should check out this resource.   Courtesy of JLV Consulting I post scholarships with deadlines for each month.  The current listing for March has 130 scholarships. In addition, information is provided on colleges and the college going process.

More and more scholarships are becoming available for continuing college students including graduate students.  Therefore, if you are a graduating high school senior currently researching scholarships, you should also look for scholarships you can apply for in your sophomore and junior year of college. Just book mark them and you are ready to go.  Why go to the financial aid office to take out another loan?

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FAFSA Update




 The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is changing.  Students should complete this application if they want grants or loans from the federal government.  Private organizations, colleges and career schools may rely on this information to determine eligibility for scholarships and institutional funding.

Good news!  The Department of Education has taken ownership of which means you no longer have to worry about someone charging you a fee for filling out the FAFSA.  If you mistakenly go to you will be directed to

The list of universities that students apply to will no longer be visible to other institutions.  Colleges will no longer be able to judge you based on which schools you applied and which were listed first.  A pin number is no longer required to access the FAFSA. You now will need a FSA ID. Continue reading

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November Scholarships

Sharing post of November scholarship deadlines courtesy of JLV College Consulting.  Good Luck.

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Attending college can be quite expensive for students and their families. Luckily, there are many college scholarships and contests available to help pay for a college education. Students should seek out and apply for scholarships in which they meet the eligibility requirements. Below are 55 college scholarships and contests with November 2015 deadlines. Only brief information about each scholarship is listed. Therefore, students are encouraged to visit the scholarship websites to get further details about eligibility and requirements. Continue reading

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Scholarships for Continuing College Students


college scholarshipsThere are scholarships for continuing college students.  I find that too many current college students run to the financial aid office to take out more loans, adding to their debt burden rather than taking the time to research scholarships.  Additional scholarships are found at the institution the student attends and from outside organizations.

Freshman come into college thinking the scholarship search ended once they graduated from high school.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  In my 15 years of researching scholarships I have noticed a trend where more and more scholarships are offered for college sophomores, juniors and graduate students.  These scholarships should be researched in your junior and senior year of high school.  All colleges have a scholarship page which lists institutional scholarships and the requirements for receiving them.   Generally, a 3.0 GPA is required.

Where should you look for these scholarships?

  • Check your school’s departmental major website page
  • Financial Aid Office
  • Scholarship Search Engines (i.e. Fastweb)
  • Follow Scholarshopmom on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
  • If all else fails, Google.







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Scholarships for International Students




 Yes, there are scholarships out there for International Students.   Whether you are an incoming freshman or graduate student there are opportunities available.   You won’t be eligible for federal financial aid from the United States but there are other scholarships available.

The questions is, “How does one go about finding them”?   I am a firm believer in not applying to a school unless you know you can obtain scholarships from them.  Every college has a scholarship page.   The first place you should look is the scholarship page of the schools you plan to attend.  If you don’t find anything. Call the admissions office to confirm that they provide scholarship opportunities for international students. Beware of scholarship scams.  You should not have to pay anything to get this information

Make sure you have the proper visas and documentation.  Check the U. S. government site for helpful information.  The following links will be useful to you in your search:

Good luck.










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Debt Free Student






I would like to share in this post how my mentee Darion W. obtained over $500,000 in scholarship offers.   He will attend the University of Illinois, Urbana debt free.

I met Darion through the Trio program at Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, Illinois last summer as a rising senior.  He attended Prairie State, a community college where he took college courses for credit. He earned 16 college credits.   Since he was involved in so many activities at school I thought it was important that he get a jump on his scholarship search during the summer. Continue reading

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Freebies for College Students

Scholarshopmom has been on hiatus but I’m back in the saddle again.  I am posting the following article by Megan Elliott from Personal Finance Cheat Sheet on free stuff for college students.  Remember, in addition to the following freebies feel free to ask for discounts at any retailer.  They may surprise you.


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7 Things Most College Students Don’t Know They Can Get For Free

College is expensive. The average net price (in other words, what students and their parents actually pay) at a four-year public college is $12,830 per year, according to the College Board. At a private four-year school, the average yearly cost is $23,550.With tuition and other expenses so high, many college students are looking for savings and freebies wherever they can find them. You can rent textbooks rather than buying them, get discounts at many stores, cut back on dining out, ride a bikerather than drive, and live with roommates (or at home) to save on rent.

Even better than something you can get for cheap is stuff you can get for free. We’ve unearthed seven things that college students don’t have to pay for, from free shipping to no-cost career resources (so you can eventually get a good job and put the days of hunting down free deals behind you).

1. Amazon Student

Colleges students can sign up for a free six-month trial of Amazon Student, which comes with free two-day shipping and access to Prime Instant Video and Prime Music. After your trial ends, you can upgrade to a regular Amazon Prime membership for 50% off the regular price of $99 a year.

2. Food

Keep your wallet fat by scoping out on-campus events where meals or snacks will be served. Need help finding a place to score a complimentary meal? The University Lunch Box app connects students at dozens of colleges with events that feature free food. You’ll never have to pay for pizza again.

3. Software

Use your .edu email address to score free software like Autodesk, used by designers and engineers, and You Need a Budget, a personal finance app. There’s also OnTheHub, a website that helps college students find free or discounted software, such as Microsoft Office.

4. Museum admission

Most museums offer student discounts, but some go one step further and offer free admission to those with a college ID. The Museum of Modern Art in New York offers free admission to students from area colleges, a savings of $14 off the already discounted student price. Many other museums, such as the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh have similar programs.

5. Health center perks

This isn’t a case of getting something for free so much as taking advantage of what you’ve already paid for, since you were probably charged a student health center fee at the beginning of the semester. Head to the clinic where you may be able to get things like free flu shots, birth control, and STI tests. The University of Maryland even offers free meditation sessions to students.

6. Checking accounts

Many checking accounts charge monthly maintenance fees unless you sign up for direct deposit or maintain a minimum balance. But some banks offer free checking for college students, including US Bank, Bank of America, and Chase, which can help you save an average of $14.76 a month (based on a Bankrate survey of average monthly checking account fees).

7. Professional memberships

Many professional associations offer free memberships to college students who are preparing for a career in a related field. With your membership, you can usually get access to perks like job boards, networking opportunities, mentoring programs, and professional publications. Associations that offer free student memberships include the National Society of Professional Engineers, the American Planning Association, theSociety of Petroleum Engineers, and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.







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