Category: Paying for College

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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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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