Completion Matters: Creating Scholarship Programs With Real Impact

Posted by Matt Konrad on Wed, Jan 20, 2016 @ 02:02 PM

When you think of “scholarships,” chances are you’re thinking about a beaming high-school student, shaking hands with the president of the local Rotary Club at a celebratory lunch, and taking home a $1,000 check for her freshman year. Or maybe you think of an awards night -- the local high school’s best and brightest, convened in an auditorium to find out who’s earned which scholarships from their community.

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Topics: corporate scholarships, completion, community scholarships

Enabling Student Success through Emergency Aid Programs

Posted by Carissa Chang Cress on Thu, Dec 10, 2015 @ 10:47 AM

For students pursuing their postsecondary dreams, entering school is only half the journey. Finishing their degree is just as important. It’s a path that can yield a lifetime of benefits, from personal well-being to societal prosperity. Yet, for many, the cost of college remains too high. That’s where emergency grant programs, offered by institutions nationwide, can make a difference in students’ lives.

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Topics: emergency aid, dreamkeepers

Changing Students’ Lives on #GivingTuesday

Posted by Carissa Chang Cress on Wed, Nov 25, 2015 @ 02:30 PM

In this season of giving thanks and spreading good cheer, individuals and organizations are coming together for #GivingTuesday, a day-long movement to celebrate charity and generosity around the world.

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Topics: #givingtuesday

Announcing Dollars for Scholars Affiliate Award Winners

Posted by Carissa Chang Cress on Fri, Nov 20, 2015 @ 02:07 PM

Across the country, Scholarship America Dollars for Scholars affiliates are busy hosting financial aid workshops, running fundraising events and partnering with other organizations in the community – all to enable students to pursue their postsecondary education goals. Scholarship America honors this incredible work through its Affiliate Awards program, and we couldn’t be more excited to announce this year’s winners!

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Topics: dollars for scholars

Personal Finance 101: 3 Credit Basics For Students

Posted by Carissa Chang Cress on Thu, Nov 12, 2015 @ 12:30 PM

For college students, fall can be an exciting time: new classes, new roommates and new opportunities to develop life skills. And, if you’re a recent high school grad, college can be a chance for new responsibilities and making decisions apart from your family.

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Topics: Posts from Partners

Three Standardized Tests You May Not Know

Posted by Carissa Chang Cress on Mon, Nov 9, 2015 @ 10:30 AM

For college-bound students, applications include lots of different pieces: letters of recommendation, forms, transcripts – and standardized tests. Most U.S. colleges and universities require or suggest test scores to help inform admissions decisions. And, as parents, you may be wondering just what kind of tests your child needs to take. The SAT and ACT are most common for undergraduate studies – one or both are likely to be required by almost every American university. Beyond those basics, here are three more that may apply.

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Topics: resources for parents

Your Support Can Help Solve the Student Loan Crisis

Posted by Matt Konrad on Mon, Oct 26, 2015 @ 12:16 PM

Sometime in 2012, America’s total student loan debt passed the $1 trillion mark. At the time, analysts at the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau were shocked -- the totals surpassed previous estimates, and the debt burden was suddenly and ominously compared to the “too big to fail” financial markets of 2008.

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Topics: student loan debt

The Financial Aid Form You May Not Know About

Posted by Carissa Chang Cress on Mon, Oct 19, 2015 @ 10:00 AM

For parents and volunteers who help students with college applications, navigating through financial aid may seem overwhelming. But with some preparation beforehand, your guidance can pay off in big ways for your son, daughter or other students in your community. To help you in those efforts, we’ve spent a few posts covering the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is crucial to all financial aid. But, did you know that in many cases, the less known CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE may be just as necessary? Below, we cover what you need to know about this important application.

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Topics: css/financial aid profile

Here’s Why Your Student Should Take The PSAT Next Week

Posted by Matt Konrad on Fri, Oct 9, 2015 @ 10:00 AM

Prepare now for the PSAT and NMSQT happening October 14 and 28, 2015Next week, millions of high school sophomores and juniors across the United States will sit down for the Preliminary SAT, also known as the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (or the PSAT, for short). For students, the PSAT is often the first in the long stretch of standardized tests that culminate in college entrance exams. But is it worth it? And how can students get ready between now and the October 14 test date? Here’s a look at some of the most common student and parent questions we’ve heard about the test.

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Topics: resources for parents

Community College Scholarships Can Boost Your Workforce

Posted by Carissa Chang Cress on Mon, Oct 5, 2015 @ 03:29 PM

Students pursuing their postsecondary degree come from all walks of life. That’s especially true at community colleges, where more than 12 million students earn degrees, enroll in continuing education classes, obtain certifications and more.

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Topics: tuition assistance program, community college

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