The Changing Landscape of Scholarships and Financial Aid

Posted by Matt Konrad on Tue, May 24, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

In the last two decades, the world of higher education has undergone massive changes: more and more students are taking “nontraditional” paths to college, either by taking time off after high school or returning to college as adults. Student and family costs have skyrocketed, as tuition has outpaced inflation and state aid to higher education has plummeted. Student loans have gone from a stopgap to both a major source of funding and a crippling source of debt.

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Topics: financial aid, why scholarships matter, admissions

Supporting Students Through Emergency Aid

Posted by Carissa Chang Cress on Wed, May 18, 2016 @ 04:54 PM

For students heading to college for the first time, there’s excitement for new opportunities to come. And for those returning to classes, there’s motivation to push forward to graduation. But for millions of students whose studies are hampered or interrupted for financial reasons, there’s an important role for all us to play to keep them from dropping out.

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Topics: emergency aid

Working Toward A (College) Grad Nation

Posted by Matt Konrad on Tue, May 10, 2016 @ 09:30 AM

Today marks the release of the 2016 Building A Grad Nation report -- an annual look at American high schools’ progress toward the ambitious goal of a 90 percent on-time graduation rate. Written by Civic Enterprises and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University, and released in partnership with America’s Promise Alliance and the Alliance for Excellent Education, the 2016 Building A Grad Nation report reveals another consecutive year of good news: across the board, American high schools have achieved a record high 82.3 percent graduation rate.

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Topics: college completion

Parents, Help Your Student Get Ready for Standardized Tests

Posted by Autumn Meta on Tue, May 3, 2016 @ 09:30 AM

Update, May 2016: The next deadlines to register for 2016 exams are May 11 (SAT) and May 6 (ACT). And, since The College Board rolled out a new SAT two months ago, be sure to get the most up-to-date resources and pricing at the links below. Finally, ACT and Kaplan announced a live teaching prep service, available this fall—learn more here!

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, standardized tests

From Student to Shark Tank: How Scholarships Made a Difference for Shaan

Posted by Carissa Chang Cress on Thu, Apr 28, 2016 @ 11:46 AM

At Scholarship America, we’re committed to helping students start and finish their postsecondary education. Programs like the Scholarship America Dream Award provide impactful, renewable awards that keep students on track to complete their degrees. And our national Dollars for Scholars network brings together more than 500 affiliates that support local students through hometown awards, financial aid training and other opportunities. It’s these efforts – and more – that make a tangible difference for students, now and in their future ambitions.

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Topics: local students, private scholarships, student success

Celebrate College Signing Day 2016 On April 26

Posted by Matt Konrad on Sat, Apr 23, 2016 @ 09:30 AM

Source: The White House

For those who follow college sports, “signing day” is a longtime tradition and source of excitement. On that day, highly regarded athletic recruits across the nation officially announce where they’ll attend school and play football, basketball or their sport of choice.

But choosing a college isn’t only exciting if you’re an athlete. For every student, committing to a college is a life-changing choice that’s worthy of celebration. That’s why, in 2014, the White House’s Reach Higher Initiative announced the first-ever national College Signing Day -- and why, on Tuesday, April 26, Scholarship America will join with students, schools and organizations around the nation to celebrate College Signing Day 2016.

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Topics: college signing day

Five Financial Literacy Month Tools for College Students

Posted by Matt Konrad on Thu, Apr 14, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

April is Financial Literacy Month -- but, for college students and families on tight budgets, learning how to manage money is really a year-round priority. This month, if you’re a student, a parent or an advisor, we urge you to take some time out of your springtime schedule and get educated on budgeting, credit and the cost of college beyond tuition.

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Topics: financial literacy

Here’s What Organizations Are Doing to Tackle Student Loan Debt

Posted by Carissa Chang Cress on Wed, Apr 6, 2016 @ 01:00 PM

While the United States’ economy has shown encouraging signs of recovery in recent years, one issue continues to get worse: the student loan debt crisis.

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Topics: student loan debt

Local Affiliates Get a Big Boost through Renewable Awards, Matching Grant Program

Posted by Carissa Chang Cress on Wed, Mar 30, 2016 @ 12:34 PM

When you have an ambitious goal, it’s vital to have a mentor or support network to turn to for assistance and advice. That’s why, three years ago, Scholarship America created the Dollars for Scholars Matching Grant Program – an initiative to help Dollars for Scholars affiliates offer more renewable scholarships. By providing matching (challenge) grants, we’re hoping to expand the impact of our awards, defray the rising costs of postsecondary education and ease the burden of student debt across the country.

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Topics: dollars for scholars, renewable scholarships, matching grant program

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

Posted by Carissa Chang Cress on Mon, Mar 28, 2016 @ 08:55 AM

Update, March 2016: If you or a family member are attending college in 2016-17, take a few minutes to review what you can expect after your FAFSA is filed. Planning ahead for 2017-18? Don't forget that your FAFSA will be available this October instead of next January!
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

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