Author: Wendy Nelson

How Do You Find Merit Scholarships?

How do you find merit scholarships? It depends on what type of merit scholarship you are looking for! In my prior post, Merit Scholarships – Types and Sources, I broke down 3 sources for merit scholarships – Private Sources, States,

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Merit Scholarships – Types and Sources

Merit scholarships can be one of the best ways to make college affordable, especially if your family will not qualify for need-based aid. It is important to know the different types and sources of merit scholarships available. Just to be

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Reduce the Cost of College: Get College Credit Before College

One of the best ways to reduce the cost of college is to get college credit before college. This can be done while your student is still in high school or during summers. This past weekend, my middle daughter, who

College Search Parents – Match Your Approach With Your Student

College search parents, this is for you. I often see posts in college search parent groups about not doing everything for your student and people griping about students who are overly “coddled”. My opinion is that you must match your

Full Tuition Merit Scholarship – A Success Story

I’d like to share a full tuition merit scholarship success story today. A mother recently emailed me to let me know about her daughter winning a great full tuition scholarship for Fall of 2018. I was thrilled to hear her

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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5 New Year College Search Steps for High School Juniors

There are specific new year college search steps for high school juniors. If you are the parent of a high school Junior, it’s currently the start of the second semester of Junior year. This is a crucial time in the

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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It’s December – What Should Your College-Bound Senior Be Doing Now?

It’s December.  What should your college-bound senior be doing now? It’s time to transition from college applications to college selection. With the new year will come the push to maximize your student’s merit and/or need-based aid. Here is a list

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