Parents: Help Your Kids Find College Grants

Posted by Matt Konrad on Mon, May 11, 2015 @ 08:45 AM

When your family begins researching how to pay for college, two terms stand out as the best possible kind of financial aid: scholarships and grants. Unlike loans, scholarships and grants provide students with funding for college that doesn’t need to be paid back. Since they provide free money, they’re grouped together under the term “gift aid.” And, while you’ve already spent plenty of time in your kids’ lives seeking out perfect holiday and birthday gifts, the search for college gift aid is the most important one yet.

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Topics: financial aid for parents, grants for college

Help Students Graduate to a Better Future

Posted by Carissa Chang Cress on Fri, May 1, 2015 @ 03:43 PM

Graduation season is fast approaching, capping off years of study for college students across the country -- and leading to an exciting, but unknown, future. For some, higher education will continue with graduate studies. Many others will step into the real world and join the American workforce. And that transition -- from college student to full-fledged employee – delivers important benefits for students and society alike.

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Topics: why scholarships matter, giving

Eight Resources to Share During Financial Literacy Month

Posted by Autumn Meta on Tue, Apr 28, 2015 @ 03:30 PM

With April being Financial Literacy Month, college counselors and advisors have been experiencing an influx of financial questions from parents and students. We’ve put together a list of eight resources to help you develop your skills and knowledge. There are also some great financial tools you may want to pass along (this month, and in the future) to your students and families as they work to pay for college! 

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Topics: financial aid for parents, financial literacy

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

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