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The 21 Colleges With the Best Financial Aid

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Apr 5, 2017 6:30:00 PM

Financial Aid

College in the US is expensive—too expensive, in fact, for the average student to afford on their own. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, about 85% of students at 4-year colleges were receiving some financial aid as of a couple of years ago. Financial aid is good in all its forms, right? If it helps college students afford their educations, what could be the problem?

Unfortunately, not all financial aid is created equal, and not all schools can afford to give out “good” student aid. Here, I’ll briefly talk about the types of financial aid available (the “good” kinds and the “bad” kinds) before laying out the colleges with the best financial aid programs in the country.

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The Best Scholarships for Juniors in High School

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Apr 5, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Financial Aid

Many students think that they should start looking at college scholarships once they actually start applying to college—so, sometime early on in their senior year. Although it’s true that many big-name scholarships require applicants to be high school seniors, there are some great awards out there for younger students as well.

So why not get a head start in applying for scholarship awards? You could win money for college, sure, but you’ll also get experience in the scholarship application process before submitting even more applications your senior year.

I’ve compiled a list of scholarships for high school juniors. This list will be a great place to start, but you may also want to search for more targeted awards (e.g. by geographic area). You can browse the scholarships below based on whether they're competitions or merit-based scholarships. Read to the end for tips and strategies on getting the most scholarship money possible!

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How to Win a Walmart Scholarship: Strategy Guide

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Feb 26, 2017 2:50:00 PM

Financial Aid

 

 

Walmart offers a couple of scholarship opportunities for its employees and employees' dependents. These scholarships are meant to cover college or vocational school expenses for those who have financial need.

I'll talk about eligibility requirements and the application process first; if you're already familiar with this information, you can skip to the second half of the post. This is where I'll give tips and strategies for increasing your chances of winning a Walmart scholarship. 

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The 12 Easiest Scholarships to Apply For

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Feb 23, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Financial Aid

Scholarships are awesome resources if you’re checking out different ways to pay for college. It’s free money - what’s not to love?

As it turns out, most scholarship programs have application processes that aren’t exactly lovable. Students generally have to submit a lot of information about themselves: transcripts, GPAs, test scores, resumes, community service activities, and so on. There may even be a few essays and grade requirements thrown in as well. You don’t want to complain, because again, free money - but these applications sure are tedious when you’re working on college apps, high school courses, and financial aid applications all at the same time.

The following easy scholarships have application processes that are a bit more manageable. Some ask you to write short essays while others don’t require any essays at all! The awards may not be as large as some other scholarships, but when the application process is so easy, you really don’t have much to lose. I'll start off with some words of warning before getting into the good stuff: essay and no-essay scholarships that are so easy to apply for, you may end up applying to all of them!

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39 Top Scholarships for High School Sophomores and Freshmen

Posted by Mary Ann Barge | Feb 15, 2017 3:00:00 PM

Financial Aid

It's never too early to start saving up money for your college education. Even if you are only in your first or second year of high school, there are plenty of opportunities to start bringing in money that will pay for your tuition, books, fees, and living expenses a couple years down the line.

You may be surprised to learn that there are hundreds of scholarships available to underclassmen.

If you're just starting your hunt, use this list of 39 of the best scholarships for high school freshmen and sophomores to get started.

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81 Colleges with Full Ride Scholarships

Posted by Mary Ann Barge | Feb 1, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Financial Aid, College Info

You’ve worked hard all through high school and are an extracurricular superstar. You’re looking forward to the challenges that college will bring.

But are you ready for the challenge of paying for college?

There are a lot of ways that students come up with the money to fund their higher educations. Did you know that it could be as easy as getting one award?

In this article I’m going to show you a list of 81 colleges that offer at least one full ride scholarship that will cover all of your tuition costs.

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The Complete Guide to Google Scholarships

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Jul 29, 2016 7:00:00 PM

Financial Aid

Google is one of the world’s software and technology powerhouses - it’s not surprising that they offer several scholarships for students interested in pursuing computer science and engineering.

Because Google has the resources to offer very generous awards, applicants come up against serious competition when gunning for one of their scholarships. If you’re interested in a Google scholarship, you should be as prepared as possible if you want to submit a successful application.

In this post I’ll explain every major Google award in detail before giving you tips and strategies for submitting an awesome application.

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The Complete Guide to Grants for College

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Jul 23, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Financial Aid

 

If you know you’ll need to get financial aid to make college more affordable (most students do, by the way), then you should definitely learn everything you can about grants. They happen to be some of the best forms of financial aid you can get.

Here, I’ll tell you exactly why grants are so great and why you should seek them out. Then, I’ll get to the important stuff: where and how you can get your own grant awards.

Let’s get started!

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Is College Really Worth It? Expert Cost-Benefit Analysis

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Jul 2, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Financial Aid

With tuition rising every year, more and more students are asking themselves, "Is college worth it?" Many people believe that getting a college education is an important part of becoming a successful adult. Others, however, find it difficult to justify the increasing investment necessary to earn a degree. There’s no one path that’s right for everyone, and it can be difficult to think critically about the decision to go to college when you’re feeling pressured one way or another.

There’s no simple answer to this question, but there is a rational way to think about whether college is the right path for you. Just as with any investment, you want to think about the relationship between what you put into it (like money, time, and effort) and what you get out of it (like education, networking, and career opportunities). The more you get out of it as compared to how much you put in, the better the investment.

In this post, I'll go through all the potential benefits and drawbacks of pursuing a four-year bachelor's degree so you have all the information to decide for yourself whether college is worth it. 

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What Is a 529 Plan? How Can It Help You?

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Jul 1, 2016 9:00:00 PM

Financial Aid

If you want to save in a smart way for college (either for yourself or your child), you’ll want to make the most of your money. One of the best savings plans meant specifically for growing a college fund is called a 529 plan, or a qualified tuition plan.

But what is a 529 plan? Like any sort of investment plan, there are several types of 529s, all with their own benefits and drawbacks. In this post, I’ll talk about the basics of 529 plans, why they’re helpful, whether they affect financial aid, and where you can get one.

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How to Find the Best Private Student Loans: 4 Tips

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jun 3, 2016 9:00:00 PM

Financial Aid

Most students who go to college have to take out loans to afford the cost of attendance. Private student loans can be a good option for you if you need more money to cover your college costs. However, which private loans are the best ones? When should you decide to take out a private loan?

In this article, I'll thoroughly explain the different types of loans and the most important factors to consider when getting a private loan.

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Easy Scholarships to Win: How to Find and Apply

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Apr 17, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Financial Aid

Applying for scholarships can be stressful and time-consuming, especially if you’re looking at really competitive awards. Wouldn’t it be nice to apply for scholarships that you knew you had a really good shot at winning?

If you want to get your hands on some easy scholarship money, you’re in the right place. First, I’ll talk a little bit about what it means to be an easy-to-win scholarship. Then, I’ll get to the good stuff by directing you to the places you should look for these awards - you might be surprised at where you can find them - and how to put together a successful application.

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How to Find Scholarships for College: Expert Guide

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Apr 16, 2016 10:00:00 PM

Financial Aid

Paying for college is already stressful and a bit overwhelming - applying for scholarships shouldn’t be too. To help you navigate the process of finding (and applying for) this helpful type of financial aid, we’ve put together this strategy guide with everything you need to know about how to find scholarships that are right for you.

You’ll learn about searching for awards in the right places (perhaps the most difficult part of the whole process), selecting the right scholarships, and putting together high-quality applications.

Let’s get started!

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The 8 Best Scholarship Websites and Search Tools

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Apr 16, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Financial Aid

Searching for relevant scholarships is perhaps the most frustrating part of the scholarship application process. There are so many awards out there, but it’s hard to know which ones are worth applying to without carefully sifting through an overwhelming amount of information.

To make your search just a little bit easier, we’ve compiled some of the best scholarship websites (and offline search tools!) you can use to find scholarships. Of course, some are better than others - I’ll also go into the strengths and weaknesses of each scholarship search method.

At the end of the post, you’ll find tips for getting the most out of these scholarship search tools. They’re only helpful if you know how to use them effectively and efficiently - these strategies will help you navigate the (sometimes confusing) world of scholarship search tools.

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How to Get a Merit Scholarship: 6-Step Guide

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Apr 15, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Financial Aid

If you’re looking for a way to fund your college education, you should definitely check out merit scholarships. They’re especially great options for high-achieving students who may not qualify for much need-based financial aid. The best part of getting a merit scholarship is, of course, that you’re essentially getting free money for school. But how to get a merit scholarship can still be confusing and overwhelming.

In this post, I’ll explain what defines a merit scholarship before going into both where you can find them and how you can get them. At the end, you’ll find a list of some of the top merit awards available - this way, you can get a head start on getting that cash.

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