Category: Scholarships

College Search: When Do GPA & Test Scores Matter Most?

In the college search process, when do GPA and test scores matter most? I believe there are two places where GPA and ACT or SAT scores matter most – determining the student’s college list and qualifying for merit scholarships. Overall

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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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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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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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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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