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.Read More
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.Read More
Topics: emergency aid
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.Read More
Topics: college completion
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.Read More
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.Read More
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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.
Topics: college signing day
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.Read More
Topics: financial literacy
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.Read More
Topics: student loan debt
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.Read More