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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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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