College Scholarships

Sticking to Your Scholarship Search

I love creating these hilarious, creative titles for my blog posts! The secret behind today’s hilarity is that I’m going to be talking about the 18th Annual Duck brand Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest. Getting money for college may be harder than actually getting through college. The world of college scholarships is both vast and frustrating. ...

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Unusual Sources of Money for College

If I were conducting a survey of both students and parents about their biggest college-related concerns, I would put my money on “How to pay for college” as the biggest issue among those queried. That just makes common sense, due to the astronomical cost of college these days. Consequently, families scour the Internet and other ...

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Obtaining More Financial Aid

Most things are negotiable. That includes college financial aid. I know that to be true because I have negotiated successfully for an increased aid package for my daughter. I recall the situation quite clearly, even though it happened decades ago. My daughter applied Early Decision to a small liberal arts college and was accepted in ...

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Prepping for The PSAT

If you’re a high school junior (and maybe even a sophomore), you no doubt know about the PSAT. If you’ve never heard of the PSAT, here’s the scoop: The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a standardized test administered by the College Board and cosponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) in ...

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Aid Packages as Trojan Horses

The past month or so has been very exciting for college-bound high school seniors. Acceptances have flowed forth via email, the U.S. mail, FedEx, UPS, and perhaps other delivery means. The adrenaline rush from getting into a favored school or, especially, a “dream” school is a memory for a lifetime. In many cases, along with ...

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Financial Aid Shortfalls

It’s mid-April and college decisions have been rendered. Those of you who have received good news from your “dream” school — Congratulations! For those of you who may have been disappointed by your dream school but received good news from other excellent colleges, congratulations to you, too. For those of you who may have to ...

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Post-Grad Perspectives on The Value of College

Several times here over the years, we have discussed whether or not college is worth it. The perspective from which we looked at the value of a college education has always been pre-college, for the interest of high school students and parents who are wondering about their return on the sometimes unreasonable investment (cost) of ...

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Financial Aid Considerations for Juniors

Paying for college is at or near the top of most families’ college-concerns lists. High school students should be especially concerned about this because of the long-term impact of student loan debt, which has become one of the biggest debt issues in the United States. Thus, I thought I would proffer some thoughts about financial ...

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Heavy Student Loan Debt = Depression?

How many student loans do you have? What is the total of your college debt so far? If you’re not a college student (yet) do you plan on borrowing to help pay for your education? Why do you need to take note of the amount of college loans you have? [Why all the questions?] Let’s ...

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Can You Afford Your Dream College?

The last of the Ivy-elite early admission results will be out this mid-December week. I’ve witnessed many happy reports from those who got their good news over the past few days or so. Of course, along with that good news comes the financial aid package, which, for those who are not in the “full pay” ...

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