Category: Paying for College

Common Myths about Private Scholarships: Tips from a Scholarship Expert

After hunting for the best merit scholarships possible directly from the colleges, you and your child may find leftover expenses that are not covered. Whether your child needs extra money to cover tuition, books, or other expenses, the next step

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Can You Ask A College For More Scholarship Money?

Can you ask a college for more scholarship money? Most often, the answer is “Yes, it never hurts to ask.” When it comes to asking for more scholarship money, there seem to be three different types of colleges: Colleges that

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Why Choose A College You Can’t Afford?

There are many ways to avoid choosing a college you can’t afford, but it does take some work. First, let’s take a look at why some families do choose a college they can’t afford. Why (Would You) Choose a College

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How to Find Merit Scholarships

I am teaming up with Debbie Schwartz of Road2College.com to offer a webinar called How To Find Merit Scholarships.  Debbie and I are both very passionate about this topic and come at it from slightly different angles.  My specialty is

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Using Net Price Calculators In Your Kid’s College Search

Using net price calculators in your kid’s college search is essential to finding great deals. I originally posted most of the information below back in 2012. It is still as timely and important as it was then. One of the

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“Need to Know” FAFSA Information

I’d like to share an opportunity from my friends at CollegeMoneySearch.com.  They are holding a two-part FAFSA webinar to educate parents on everything they need to know about FAFSA.  Full details are below: Critical Information You Need To File Your

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The Updated Full Tuition/Full Ride Merit Scholarship List

This past weekend, I released Full Scholarship List 4.0.  This is the latest full update to my list of full tuition and full ride merit scholarships. These are all “institutional” merit scholarships, meaning they are offered directly by the colleges.

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Upside Down College Search – Finding Your Deals

Finding your deals is the point in the Upside Down College Search process where you determine colleges that are likely to meet the criteria you have defined and will be a good deal for your family.  Over the past several weeks,

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Let’s Talk About Expected Family Contribution

Before we go on with the Upside Down College Search process, let’s talk about Expected Family Contribution. Last week, I said that this week’s topic would be “What Deals Can You Get?” As I started writing that, I found the

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What’s Your Student’s Merit Hook?

What’s your student’s merit hook for the college search process? I am not going to go so far as to say that every future college student has a merit hook, but most do. Even if your student is not at

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