Scholarships Help Make The “Big Six” Possible

Posted by Matt Konrad on Fri, Apr 10, 2015 @ 08:36 AM

We all know that a college degree makes a massive difference for students, their families and their futures. Those who graduate from college find steadier, better-paying jobs, and a degree is often the ticket out of poverty for low-income students.

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Topics: why scholarships matter

Your Support Means Financial Aid Letters Contain Good News

Posted by Carissa Chang Cress on Fri, Apr 3, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

For students nationwide, it’s the season for college acceptance letters and the deserved celebration that goes along with them. It’s also the time to receive financial aid award letters, and for students to consider the cost ramifications of what it takes to enroll. For those students and their families, figuring out if they can attend their dream school can be stressful, especially if they’re left with a gap of what they can actually afford to pay. Here’s how scholarship supporters, like you, can help before that letter ever arrives.

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Topics: financial aid, why scholarships matter

Beat the Rush: Plan Your Kid’s College Visit Now

Posted by Autumn Meta on Thu, Mar 26, 2015 @ 09:30 AM

Deciding on the right college is a big decision for your student, and it is important to visit the campus not only to collect more information, but to interact with the environment and leadership style of the institution. To maximize the benefits and to minimize the stress of visiting colleges with your kid, begin preparation now. Most families choose to tour universities and colleges in the summer, when the kids do not have school and the university campus is less crowded. This is a great option, but if your circumstances are better suited for touring during the spring or fall, most institutions will accommodate this. No matter what time of year you plan the visit, begin preparation as far in advance as possible.

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Topics: resources for parents, picking a college

The FAFSA is Just the Beginning: Tips on the SAR and Unmet Need

Posted by Carissa Chang Cress on Fri, Mar 20, 2015 @ 08:55 AM

It’s prime time for FAFSA completion, and that means your student is well on their way in the financial aid process. Once your son or daughter files his or her FAFSA, the next document to watch out for is their Student Aid Report (SAR). It’s a crucial document that college and university financial aid offices use to determine eligibility for federal student aid. The document can be lengthy – but don’t be intimidated! Here are five tips to help your family break down the report:
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Topics: financial aid for parents, unmet need, fafsa, student aid report

Parents, Help Your Student Get Ready for Standardized Tests

Posted by Autumn Meta on Thu, Mar 12, 2015 @ 09:25 AM

Spring is a season dedicated to rain, flowers, and—for your college bound son or daughter—standardized tests. Between February and June, aspiring college students will create a timeline for scheduling, studying for, and taking the SAT and ACT exams.

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Topics: resources for parents

Let’s Make This Scholarship Season Even Busier

Posted by Carissa Chang Cress on Fri, Mar 6, 2015 @ 02:38 PM

You may have heard the phrase “scholarship season” -- a peak time, usually from January to May, for scholarship applicants, their families and references, selection committees and others who are involved in the scholarship application and selection process.

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Topics: volunteering, why scholarships matter, giving

How College Goal Sunday Helps Students, Parents & Communities

Posted by Carissa Chang Cress on Fri, Feb 20, 2015 @ 02:54 PM

As prospective students from around the country complete their college applications or await admissions decisions, the million-dollar question begs to be asked: How will students pay for school?

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Topics: dollars for scholars, volunteering, financial aid, fafsa, college week live

Your Kid Should Be Volunteering. Here’s Why.

Posted by Matt Konrad on Fri, Feb 13, 2015 @ 08:30 AM

As a parent, you know how stressful and competitive the college search can be. Your son or daughter is almost certainly spending hours a night on homework and activities, keeping their academic performance up and building their college resume. Add in the time they (and you) spend researching schools and seeking out scholarships, and it can seem like there aren’t enough hours in the day.

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Topics: scholarships for volunteers, resources for parents

Scholarships Fill in the FAFSA Gap

Posted by Carissa Chang Cress on Fri, Feb 6, 2015 @ 02:44 PM

A new year typically marks a crucial time for students and their families, as colleges and universities across the country begin to make admissions decisions for the fall semester. Those decisions impact where students enroll -- and which schools they can afford.

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Topics: why scholarships matter, dream award, giving, unmet need, fafsa

Scholarship Coaching For Your Employees (And Their Kids)

Posted by Matt Konrad on Mon, Feb 2, 2015 @ 09:57 AM

Here at Scholarship America, we provide weekly advice to students via The Scholarship Coach blog. It’s an opportunity for us to use our more than 50 years of experience to help more young people pay for college, and their success is the mission of our work.

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Topics: why scholarships matter, scholarship management services

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