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5 Things Parents Need To Know About Financial Aid

  
  
  
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College is a huge investment for families. And whether you've had one kid or several kids attend college, conversations surrounding finances have likely remained an essential part of your student's higher-ed journey.

Invest in Your Grandchildren’s Future with Scholarship Opportunities

  
  
  
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You’ve watched them grow up, cheered them on at countless soccer games and dance recitals and hoped they would have an abundance of opportunities. Now your grandchild is beginning (or maybe already attending) college and looking for resources to fund it—and you may be wondering how you can help.

Carol Baker is our 2014 Dollars for Scholars Volunteer of the Year!

  
  
  
Carol Baker, Oneonta Dollars for Scholars

Congratulations to Carol Baker of Oneonta Dollars for Scholars, winner of the 2014 Ralph “Cy” Seifert National Volunteer of the Year Award! Named after Scholarship America’s volunteer with the longest continuous service, the award recognizes an affiliate volunteer who has provided exemplary involvement with his or her affiliate, dedication to the strengthening and advocacy of Dollars for Scholars in the community and excellence in system citizenship. The honor comes with a $2,000 award for Oneonta Dollars for Scholars.

Celebrating 2014 Dollars for Scholars National Affiliate Winners

  
  
  
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In 1958, optometrist Dr. Irving Fradkin founded the initial Dollars for Scholars affiliate in Fall River, Massachusetts, urging the community to give at least one dollar to send its youth to college. Thousands of individuals and organizations have joined the movement since then, making a difference in their own communities.

This Is How America Pays for College

  
  
  
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Wondering how America pays for college? Last week, Sallie Mae released its annual report, How America Pays for College 2014, which breaks down how students 18-24 and their families are navigating through tuition and fees at colleges and universities. The results are a telling picture of where the nation stands financially when it comes to postsecondary education. Here are just a few of the key points from that report -- and why they’re important.

Congratulations to Our Dollars for Scholars Regional Affiliates of the Year!

  
  
  
Scholarship recipients from Marblehead Dollars for Scholars

Scholarship America’s Dollars for Scholars affiliates work tirelessly in communities across the nation to provide scholarships and educational support for local students. Our 500 affiliates are largely volunteer-driven, and completely dedicated to the young people in their communities -- and we are thrilled to honor five of them as our 2014 Regional Affiliates of the Year!

Making Sense of Financial Aid Letters and “Unmet Need”

  
  
  
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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?

College Access Is Important; College Completion Is Crucial

  
  
  
Completing college means more mobility and higher earnings.

For millions of students across America, this summer is an exciting time of transition. Two of every three high school graduates who walked across the stage this spring are preparing to move onto higher education in the fall. For those young people, the future appears wide open: college will allow them to explore their skills and interests, expand their horizons and prepare for whatever they want to come next.

Support of Minority Scholarships Opens Doors for Everyone

  
  
  
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Earlier this year, President Barack Obama launched "My Brother's Keeper," an initiative to unlock the potential of boys and young men of color. The president's memorandum made it clear: There are gaps in opportunity for those who identify as minorities that need to be closed. As part of the initiative, the task force will tackle increasing college completion -- a goal that aligns with the work Scholarship America has done and will do.

In-Depth Higher Education News From Scholarship America

  
  
  
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Three times a year, Scholarship America sends out a print newsletter with updates on exciting things happening within the organization, and throughout the world of financial aid. Our recent May issue included an announcement about an exciting partnership, an inspiring story about a student whose scholarship was made possible thanks to Scholarship America staff, and other news. Read on for a quick summary. (The full issue is available here.)

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