Early Decision, Early Action: What's The Difference?

Posted by Matt Konrad on Fri, Sep 25, 2015 @ 02:16 PM

For high school seniors, college application season is suddenly right around the corner. We’re only a month into the school year, but we’re also just a month away from the first Early Decision application deadlines.

If you’re a student or parent, that news may have you panicking. But don’t worry. Early Decision (ED) isn’t right for everyone—and it’s just one of many options that applicants have. Of course, that wealth of options can get confusing. So, to help seniors and their families make sense of the process (and to help younger students know what to expect), let’s take a look at the differences between Early Decision, Early Action and Regular Decision.

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Topics: resources for parents, admissions

You Helped Kate Go to School This Fall

Posted by Carissa Chang Cress on Fri, Sep 18, 2015 @ 11:08 AM

Growing up on a dairy farm in Northeast Iowa means Kate Stewart knows a thing or two about agriculture. “I’m the youngest of five siblings,” Kate said, “and we were all very active in 4-H and FFA.” From working on the family farm to representing the county as Dairy Princess, her interests in agriculture have had a big impact on Kate’s life and educational goals.

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Topics: dollars for scholars, local students, giving

Earlier, Easier FAFSA Filing Takes Effect October 1, 2016

Posted by Matt Konrad on Mon, Sep 14, 2015 @ 03:35 PM

This afternoon, President Barack Obama announced a major change to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): as of October 1, 2016, students will be able to complete the FAFSA up to three months earlier and will be able to use "prior-prior year" income information from the previous year's tax return, rather than waiting until the next year’s tax season, to evaluate their financial aid picture in making a college choice.

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Topics: fafsa

Five Crucial College Cost Calculators for Families

Posted by Matt Konrad on Fri, Aug 21, 2015 @ 09:04 AM

There’s nothing easy about getting into college. As early as middle school, students spend countless hours studying, participating in activities and volunteering in the community, all to get ready for the next step. For parents, the preparation starts even sooner; savings plans are often set up before kids ever spend a day in a classroom. And it all culminates around high school students’ sophomore and junior years— often in a flurry of hard-to-understand cost and financial aid numbers, percentages and acronyms.
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Topics: resources for parents

Announcing the 2015 National Student Volunteer of the Year

Posted by Carissa Chang Cress on Thu, Aug 13, 2015 @ 02:00 PM

When she was just eight years old, Ilana Kleynerman’s entrepreneurial curiosity was piqued by hermit crabs. On vacation with her family, Ilana saw tourists buying the souvenir pets for $5. But rather than begging her parents for one, she realized there was nothing stopping her from doing the same thing—and so, back at home, she started collecting her own hermit crabs and selling them for $2.

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Topics: dollars for scholars, student volunteer of the year

Scholarships are More Important than Ever

Posted by Carissa Chang Cress on Fri, Aug 7, 2015 @ 10:00 AM

Click the image for the full report.

In higher ed news, 2015 may be the Year of the Supporter.

Sallie Mae’s 2015 How America Pays for College report found that parents contributed the biggest piece of the financial aid pie in supporting students. For the first time in five years, parents’ contributions outpaced scholarships and grants as the largest college funding source.

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Topics: scholarships, why scholarships matter, giving, private scholarships

How Volunteering Helps America Pay For College

Posted by Matt Konrad on Thu, Jul 30, 2015 @ 08:35 AM

For millions of people, volunteering is significant part of daily life. Whether it’s delivering meals to elderly neighbors, organizing church or school fundraisers or mentoring youth, more than 62 million Americans reported doing some volunteer work last year -- a huge force for good in our country.

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Topics: volunteering

Improve Your Tuition Management System -- And Your Bottom Line

Posted by Carissa Chang Cress on Wed, Jul 8, 2015 @ 10:00 AM

The U.S. job market is bright, according to various news sources that recently reported on the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Employment Situation Summary. This past month, employers added 223,000 jobs across the country, and the unemployment rate declined to 5.3 percent. That’s good news for employees, who have better chances for keeping their jobs – and for employers, who want to retain those skilled workers.

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Topics: tuition management services

Calculate The Real Cost Of Attendance At Any College

Posted by Matt Konrad on Wed, Jul 1, 2015 @ 10:00 AM

Net price calculators provide a great start -- but tuition and fees are only part of the story.

In many ways, it’s never been easier to figure out how much a college education will cost. Thanks to new federal laws that took effect in 2011, just about every two-year and four-year postsecondary institution is required to feature a Net Price Calculator on its website. The idea is simple: if you’re interested in a school, search its website for “Net Price Calculator,” or use a government website to find the link. Then, just plug in some information about where you live and what your family can pay, and get an estimate of what it will cost you to attend the school.

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Announcing Dollars for Scholars Student Volunteer Award Recipients

Posted by Carissa Chang Cress on Fri, Jun 19, 2015 @ 11:00 AM

As the school year winds down and students enjoy summer vacation, Scholarship America® Dollars for Scholars® affiliates are also celebrating another successful year of supporting local students. We couldn’t be more excited to share in those festivities with the announcement of 2015 Dollars for Scholars Student Volunteer Award (SVA) recipients.

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Topics: dollars for scholars

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