Category: Paying for College

The College Search Family Caught in the Middle

The college search family caught in the middle – Can’t afford the sticker price of college, but too wealthy for financial aid. This is the type of college search family I focus on most on mykidscollegechoice.com. Characteristics of the College

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Wait For Your Financial Aid Award Letter!

Make sure you wait for your financial aid award letter before setting your heart on a particular college. That is, unless you can pay sticker price for the school without any merit-based aid or need-based aid. I heard a sad

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Free Tuition at Harvard: One Parent’s Story

Last week, I wrote about who gets free tuition to an Ivy League school in Can You Get Free Ivy League Tuition?  This week, in keeping with the same topic, I want to share some insight from a parent whose son

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Can You Get Free Ivy League Tuition?

Some families can get free ivy league tuition.  This isn’t as widely known as it should be.  Ivy league schools, and many of the other “top tier” colleges, have huge endowments and offer excellent financial aid programs. First, let me be

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5 Tips for Winning Private Scholarships

Winning private scholarships is a great way for your student to supplement his or her college funds. Private Scholarships are scholarships offered by private businesses, organizations and foundations, not scholarships offered by colleges themselves. Private scholarships can be merit-based, need-based,

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Why I Charge For The Full Scholarship List

Why I charge for the Full Scholarship List … I didn’t plan on writing a post about this, but lately I have felt like I needed to. If you have read my About Me page, you already know that I

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What Is An Automatic Merit Scholarship?

What is an automatic merit scholarship?  An automatic merit scholarship is one that a college provides “automatically” based on the student meeting specific criteria.  The student doesn’t need to compete to receive a scholarship.  Many colleges offer automatic merit scholarships

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Finding and Winning Private Scholarships

Finding and winning private scholarships can be a complicated process.  Most families dream about getting a full-ride scholarship to college so that they don’t have to pay out of pocket.  The reality is that most full rides come from institutional

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Best Colleges for Need-Based Financial Aid

The best colleges for need-based financial aid are ones that pledge to meet a high percentage of a family’s “need”.  In fact, there are 66 colleges around the U.S. that pledge to meet an applicant’s full financial need.  I found

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Institutional Merit Scholarships Equal “Tuition Discounts”

Institutional merit scholarships equal “tuition discounts”.  Much has been written lately about “tuition discounts”.  Colleges offer grants and scholarships in order to discount their tuition.  However, not everyone gets a tuition discount and not all colleges offer discounts. There are

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