Category: Paying for College

The Best Institutional Merit Scholarship Resource

Are you familiar with the term “Institutional Merit Scholarship”?  These are the merit scholarships offered directly by colleges to attract the best and brightest, and/or most talented students by offering them what are essentially tuition discounts. While there are institutional

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National Merit Semi-Finalists – Find Major Scholarships

Updated January 2, 2017 – Updates in red. National Merit Finalists are the ones who usually get all the glory and the full ride scholarships.  There are not as many major scholarships for National Merit Semi-Finalists.  But that doesn’t mean

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448 Full Tuition (or better) Academic Scholarships

Parents of college-bound kids dream of full tuition scholarship and full ride scholarships.  For the majority of students, this is not going to become a reality.  Most families are going to need to contribute to the cost of college.  However,

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Front-Loaded Financial Aid – How Will You Know?

Have you heard about front-loaded financial aid? This is where a college attracts your student by offering a great financial aid package for the first year and then drops aid off for subsequent years. Is this something you need to

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FAFSA Changes are Coming – Will They Help You?

FAFSA changes were announced this week that will impact students applying for aid for 2017-2018, including this year’s high school juniors applying for college admission for Fall of 2017. As most of you know, FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal

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College Search Spreadsheet – Part 2

A couple weeks ago, I wrote about my new and improved college search spreadsheet.  I explained what was added to the first tab to help you and your student identify potential colleges and track college applications.  Today, I want to

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3 Best Ways to Make College Affordable

We have all seen it in the news constantly – college is becoming more and more expensive.  In this post, I’m going to talk about what I consider to be the 3 best ways to make college affordable. #1 –

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The Updated Full Scholarship List is Out!

Yesterday, I published an updated Full Scholarship List.  I review the full list twice a year, basically summer and winter, to see what has changed. The Full Scholarship List focuses on large scholarships offered directly by colleges, mostly full-tuition scholarships

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Find Scholarships for High ACT Scores

If your child took the ACT test and scored well, you may wonder, is that worth any extra money for college?  Yes, it certainly can be!  So how do you find scholarships for high ACT scores?  Well, it can be

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Help, We Don’t Have Enough Money for College!

How many of us parents get a rude awakening about college costs when our oldest child is already in high school?  I had no idea how much the price of tuition had increased in the last 30 years!  So we

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