Category: Paying for College

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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What Is A “Financial Safety” School?

A “financial safety” school is a college that you know your family can afford.  It is always a good idea to have your student put at least one of these on his or her college list.  I am going to

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1,225 Major Merit Scholarships – Updated List

Full Ride and Full Tuition Scholarships

The Full Scholarship List, with 1,225 major merit scholarships, is newly updated as of July 31, 2016. I have validated all scholarships on the list, removed some that were no longer offered, corrected any links to the scholarship listings on the

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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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