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The National Merit Scholarship

Posted on July 28, 2016 in Scholarships

Getting to Know The National Merit Scholarship

Winning a National Merit Scholarship is a prestigious distinction for high school students in the United States. The winners of these scholarships often receive national attention in the press when they are announced each spring. So who are these “scholars”, what did they do to win such an award, and what do they actually get? We’ve answered some of the most common questions for you below [...]

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Student Loans

Posted on July 28, 2016 in Scholarships

Of the many ways to pay for college, student loans are often the most cringe-worthy. No one wants to take on debt, but sometimes personal savings and scholarships aren’t enough to cover all of your college expenses.

Understanding some basic facts about student loans can help you determine if applying for a loan is right for you, and what type of loan you should consider.

Private vs. Federal Student Loans

Federal student [...]

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Athletic Scholarships

Posted on August 27, 2016 in Scholarships

Are you a student, or parent of a student, who is hoping that an athletic scholarship will help cover future tuition bills? Are you hoping to be recruited by a top NCAA school, and to play in front of a jam-packed stadium?

For many high school students, the dream does come true: they are recruited to play sports for their dream university, and they receive an athletic scholarship to pay for their education. Many more high school athlet [...]

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Minority Scholarships

Posted on August 28, 2016 in Scholarships

For students looking to score “free money” to pay for college, landing a scholarship is as good as it gets. But what happens when you apply to a scholarship that is open to just about everybody?

National scholarship programs, which are open to students with an average grade point average (GPA), and having few other criteria, are highly competitive and, thus, harder to win. It is usually the best and brightest students from top high [...]

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Scholarship Scams

Posted on September 14, 2016 in Scholarships

How To Avoid Getting Burned

Scammers always seem to target people who are vulnerable and looking to improve their financial circumstances. No surprise, they've begun targeting students and parents seeking help to pay for the hefty price of college.

High school and college students searching for scholarships are at risk of being scammed, and it's not just a problem online. Scammers are reaching students via phone, email, and traditio [...]

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Differences Between Scholarships, Grants and Student Loans

Posted on September 14, 2016 in Scholarships

What Are the Differences Between Scholarships, Grants, and Student Loans?

Students and parents who are new to to the college financial aid game can be overwhelmed by forms, deadlines, and terminology. Knowing the difference between common terms and phrases can prove quite beneficial for anyone hoping to receive financial assistance to pay for tuition and other college expenses.

Three common forms of student financial aid are schol [...]

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FAFSA - Federal Student Aid

Posted on September 14, 2016 in Scholarships

Even if you're new to the topic of financial aid for college, you've probably heard the term 'FAFSA'. This is the common acronym used to abbreviate the name for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

The information that students and parents provide on the FAFSA is used to determine the student's eligibility for receiving federal grants, work-study benefits, and federal student loans. If a student wants to be considered for rec [...]

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Search for Scholarships

Posted on September 17, 2016 in Scholarships

How to Find Scholarships Online

Whether you are in your freshman year of high school, or already enrolled in your freshman year of college, there could be a college scholarship with your name on it. Finding a scholarship to help pay for college is the dream of many students (and their parents). So where do you start?

Scholarship search websites have been around since the mid 1990s and continually add to their databases of scholars [...]

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College Scholarships by Degree or Major

Posted on September 17, 2016 in Scholarships

College Scholarships by Degree or Major

Are you certain about what you plan to study in college and the field in which you will work in the future? If so, then you should look into a degree-specific scholarship that could help pay for tuition and fees.

Degree-specific scholarships are those that are awarded to students who will be, or are already, studying a specific subject in college. These financial awards are available to high [...]

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Graduate School Grants

Posted on January 26, 2017 in Scholarships

Graduate Grants

Once you've completed undergraduate studies and received you bachelor's degree, you may want to pursue a master's or doctorate.

A grant is based on financial need, and may not require the applicant show a high grade point average, exemplary test scores or research ability. Scholarships are more likely to be based, on financial need plus high academic achievement, community service or another qualifier. Thus, scho [...]

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Doctoral Grants

Posted on January 25, 2017 in Scholarships

Maneuvering through the labyrinth of applications for undergraduate grants and scholarships is the hard part for college students. Once you continue your education and pursue a doctoral degree, you'll know how to approach financial aid, scholarships, and fellowships with more confidence.

Financial aid and merit-based scholarships and fellowships for doctoral students are often funded by corporations and professional associations who [...]

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Undergraduate Grants

Posted on January 24, 2017 in Scholarships

An undergraduate grant is allocated by a public or private agency to help individual students pay for their college education. A grant is based on financial need, but it doesn’t need to be paid back like a loan.

A scholarship is also a type of grant. Many scholarships are merit-based and require that applicants have an excellent academic record, a high score on the ACT or SAT, or a high grade point average, usually 3.0 or above, [...]

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