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To Test or Not to Test: Helping Students Navigate Test Prep

Apr 19, 2018

At the beginning of 2018, the National Center for Fair and Open Testing reported over 1,000 colleges and universities have made ACT/SAT scores optional in their admissions process. Many factors contribute to this trend, including recent studies suggesting GPA is a better predictor of college success than test scores and that test requirements deter many qualified first-generation students. This is because the tests have typically favored more affluent students who can afford to take multiple...

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Reality Check: What “Higher Education” Really Means in 2018

Apr 09, 2018

Since Scholarship America’s founding in 1958, we have consistently grown and changed along with  the world of higher education. Our original, community-based scholarship programs still operate today—but they, along with our other services, are flexible, always aiming to meet the most pressing needs of students.

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Financial Aid Displacement: What Families and Scholarship Providers Should Know

Mar 13, 2018

Students and their families are often surprised to realize some colleges reduce their financial aid packages when the student earns private scholarship dollars—a practice called financial aid displacement or award displacement. Colleges that practice displacement say it helps free up more funds for more students; students and families say it unfairly punishes those making the effort to earn scholarships. Whatever your perspective, it’s a complicated issue without easy answers.

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Meet Tiara Wills: 2017 Dream Award Recipient

Mar 06, 2018

We are thrilled to have such a diverse and interesting class of Dream Award recipients! Tiara's story concludes our series on each of the ten 2017 students. Check out previous student stories by visiting our Success By Degrees blog.

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Mentoring Matters: Here's How You Can Help Students Benefit

Feb 28, 2018

Financial support alone is not enough to get students through school.  This is nothing new; research has proven time and time again that often more barriers emerge once a student has started to pursue their education, even if they have adequate financial aid to pay tuition. Food insecurity and homelessness are common struggles, and simply feeling out of place can often lead to burnout. While additional grants and food pantries can help alleviate some of these stresses, it can be more...

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Myth vs. Fact: Scholarships for Veterans, Adults Returning to School and More

Feb 21, 2018

If you’re applying for scholarships—or if you’re guiding students, managing awards or helping a family member—you know we’ve hit the busiest part of the financial aid calendar. Many state FAFSA deadlines are approaching; colleges are beginning to put together aid packages for current and potential students; scholarship application deadlines come and go nearly every day.

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The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act: How Will Tax Reform Impact Education?

Feb 09, 2018

The sweeping tax-related legislation passed at the close of 2017 will have far-reaching impacts throughout the American economy—including in the higher education sector. Now that the dust is starting to settle, here’s our look at what students, families, institutions and education supporters can expect in the near future. (Please note: we are not financial advisers, and you should consult with a tax professional before making any decisions.)

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Meet Umesh Bhandari: 2017 Dream Award Recipient

Feb 01, 2018

We are thrilled to have such a diverse and interesting class of Dream Award recipients! Umesh's story continues our series on each of the ten 2017 students. Throughout the next few months we will be posting more stories on a bi-weekly basis featuring these amazing individuals. Check out previous student stories by visiting our Success By Degrees blog.

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URGENT: Urge Congress To Find a DACA Solution

Jan 25, 2018

By Robert C. BallardPresident & CEO, Scholarship America

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Meet Mikayla Bridgewater: 2017 Dream Award Recipient

Jan 11, 2018

We are thrilled to have such a diverse and interesting class of Dream Award recipients! Mikayla's story continues our series on each of the ten 2017 students. Throughout the next few months we will be posting more stories on a bi-weekly basis featuring these amazing individuals. Check out previous student stories by visiting our Success By Degrees blog.

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