Scholarships

Do You Merit Aid?

Early Decision (ED) and Early Action (EA) outcomes will be arriving within several weeks. This is Thanksgiving week and families around the world, especially here in America, are hoping to give thanks for a generous financial aid package that will be arriving either with or shortly following the goods news of getting into a dream ...

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Strange Money for College

It’s time once again to take a look at whacky college scholarships. In the search for money to cover college expenses, students, Moms, and Dads scour the Internet for leads that can send financial relief their way. Some of the major sources of help include colleges. So-called “merit” aid is granted to admitted students to ...

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Odd Financial Aid Sources

As financial aid letters trickle down from college acceptances all across the nation, students and families begin to see how colleges help with paying for those sky-high fees. There are those wonderful outright grants, which mean that there is no requirement to repay them. They are a gift, free and clear. Some grants are quite ...

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Rescinding Div. 3 Athletic Scholarship

Question: Can a Division 3 college take back any scholarship given to a freshman to play sports if he or she doesn’t make the team sophomore year? Division 3 colleges do not offer athletic scholarships at all. So any money awarded to a Div. 3 athlete would be based on financial need, academic talent or ...

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Figuring Out Financial Aid

If you are a high school senior applying to college, the closer you get to the end of the year, the closer you’ll be getting to the realities of paying for that college in which you finally enroll, mainly wrestling with the financial aid process. That process of finding out about and managing your way ...

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Test Prep Timing for Juniors

Parents, there are many milestones during the college admissions process. One of the more important ones is the high school junior year, or “11th grade,” as we used to call it back in my day. Although some sophomores (“10th graders”) take the PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test), the majority of high schoolers take it in ...

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Rising Juniors: Rise to The Occasion

Today’s wisdom is directed at those high schoolers who will be juniors this coming school year. For those of you who have just parachuted in from a parallel universe, a “rising” junior is a student who just finished his or her sophomore year, an about-to-be 11th-grader, in other words. I’ve always been amused by that ...

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Will Older Child’s Merit Scholarship Hurt #2’s Aid Award?

Question: We have two college-bound children and we will not qualify for need-based aid. The first one has very high scores and has a good chance at merit-aid. The second – not as much. We are debating if to focus the college search of the first around merit aid. My question: If our first gets ...

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Will Senior Feb. ACT Scores Help Boost Merit Money?

Question: My daughter has been accepted for admission to her preferred colleges for Fall 2012, but we are learning that merit scholarship $$ vary greatly with ACT scores. Should she retake and try to improve? Is there still time? Currently she has a 29 and a 4.04 GPA. There is an ACT test date this ...

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