Do You Have a Scholarship Timeline?

 

My heart goes out to students who have great potential for obtaining scholarships but miss out on opportunities because they waited too late to begin their search.  It’s amazing the number of calls I get from parents when they receive their financial aid award letter and see how much loan they are assessed; the cries go out to the students to start looking for scholarships. As was previously discussed in my blog, the best time to begin your search is in your Freshman year. The Freshman year is a good time to research scholarships you may be eligible for in your senior year.  Familiarizing yourself with the requirements and criteria for scholarships will help in your preparation to obtain the scholarship.   If you don’t start then, certainly you should begin your search no later than your Junior year. Continue reading

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The College Search

The idea of going to college was instilled in my nephews minds when they were in elementary school.   When they first came to live with us, we discussed the importance of doing well in school because we “heard”  there was scholarship money “out there” for students with good grades.  We set the expectation that they were going to college and it was important for them to do well in each grade.  We loved watching college football and basketball games which gave us another opportunity to talk about the benefits of college.  Whenever we took road trips that took us through college towns we would stop and walk around the campus, so they could get the feel of what it was like on a college campus. Continue reading

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5 Things High School Seniors Should Do Over the Summer

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1.   Research at least 6 colleges online.

  • Look for the best academic and financial fit for your circumstance.  Be honest about what you bring to the table academically.  Research institutional merit based scholarships to determine eligibility.  Keep a calendar of merit based scholarship deadlines. Be intentional about finding the best ACT/SAT match.  Find colleges that match your academic credentials.  List should include, state, public and private institutions. Continue reading

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Tuition Free Colleges

 

Have you heard the news?  More and more colleges are providing free tuition.  The Ivy Leagues are leading the way in providing free tuition based on academics and income.  The State of New York recently approved free tuition for students attending 2 or 4 year colleges whose parents earn under $100,00 per year. The University of Chicago will offer free tuition to Chicago Public Schools teachers and employees whose children qualify academically for admittance.  Webb Institute in New York will provide free tuition for students majoring in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering.

If you are looking to obtain a debt free education, then you should check out this option.  The following link from Value Colleges lists the top 25 tuition free colleges:

http://www.valuecolleges.com/top-25-tuition-free-colleges/

 

Remember, you should be looking for the best academic and financial fit.  Good luck!

 

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Are There Scholarships for Transfer Students?

 

Transfer Scholarships are available for students who plan to transfer from a community or four-year college.  This information is usually found on the scholarship page of the college’s website. If you have difficulty finding the information, use the college search box.  It is best to research this information before you officially decide on your transfer school.

Attending a community college is a terrific way to cut your college costs.  If you do well academically, you have the option of transferring to the college of your choice, including the Ivy League schools. Many schools offer transfer scholarships to students who matriculate into their institution.  Scholarships are also offered by outside organizations.

What should you do if after enrolling in a college, you find that it is not the best fit for you.  Or, something happens on the campus that causes you to want to leave?  If you are receiving scholarships, you need to make sure  your scholarship money follows you.   Mark was able to transfer second semester of his freshman year to another school he had applied to because it was his second-choice school and he asked them to keep his records on file.  Not only was he able to make a smooth transition to the transfer school, the previous scholarships the school offered him were still available.

I highly recommend including your local community college on your FAFSA.  If you come home for the summer you can take a class for transfer credit.  This also comes in handy if you need to make up a class or want to complete a general education requirement.  Either way, you can cut your costs.

Check out the following resources:

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation offers up to $40,000 a year to community college students who are transferring to a four-year school.  You need to have a 3.5 or higher GPA and have unmet financial need.   Check their website for more information.

Transfer Times contains transfer information for students transferring to schools in  Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.

http://www.communitycollegetransferstudents.com/ provides helpful information for students considering transferring.

 

 

 

 

 

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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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