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

Early FAFSA and “Prior-Prior Year”: Here’s What Families Need To Know

Posted by Matt Konrad on Wed, Mar 23, 2016 @ 03:00 PM

If you or someone in your household are preparing for college, you’ve probably heard that there are major changes coming to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in 2017-18.

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Topics: financial aid, fafsa

The Dream Award Kept These Students On Track For A Bright Future

Posted by Michelle Showalter on Tue, Mar 15, 2016 @ 09:21 AM

Scholarship America’s Dream Award is uniquely focused on college completion. It’s awarded to students who’ve already started their postsecondary career – but who may not be able to afford to finish it. The 24 students who have earned Dream Award scholarships since the program began are incredible, inspiring young people – and we’d like to introduce you to two of them today. Read on to learn about the remarkable stories of Mary Sun and Rashid Elsamra.

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Topics: dream award, student success

Making Sense of Financial Aid Letters and “Unmet Need”

Posted by Carissa Chang Cress on Thu, Mar 10, 2016 @ 07:00 AM

Update, March 2016: With the first acceptance and award letters just a month away, now's a perfect time to review this post about understanding financial aid letters and unmet need.

This spring, college acceptance letters likely rolled in to your son or daughter's inbox, solidifying the hard work that went into his or her high school years. Now that you've celebrated, what's next?

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Topics: dollars for scholars, financial aid for parents, private scholarships

Three Ways To Get An Early, Low-Cost Start On College

Posted by Matt Konrad on Thu, Mar 3, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

A college education is a vital step toward financial security. But for millions of students, just getting started on a degree can be daunting.

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Topics: financial aid, scholarships

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