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Enhance Your Employee Benefits Package With Tuition Assistance

Mar 06, 2019

By Pam Carlson

Did you know employee benefits make up a third of compensation costs?

That’s what the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports—and with the unemployment rate currently around 4 percent, attractive benefits are only going to become more important when it comes to recruiting talent and reducing employee turnover. In fact, more than two-thirds (72 percent) of employers responding to the Society Resource Management for Human (SHRM)’s annual survey report increasing benefit offerings in...

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How Students Can Graduate With Reduced Student Loan Debt

Feb 18, 2019

By Claire Berge SchmidtUpdated February 18, 2019 

Alaskans have an average of $25,682 in student loan debt. Residents of Delaware have $34,144. Wherever you may live, student loan debt is a problem that hits home. Seven in 10 college seniors owe a national average of $37,172  in student loans. Combine that with 44 million student borrowers, and you have a $1.5 trillion (and growing) crisis.

With student loans now second only to mortgages as Americans’ largest source of debt, people of all...

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Tuition Assistance Options for Veterans, Service Members and Military Families

Feb 12, 2019

By Matt Konrad

Last week, the veterans’ advocacy group MilitaryFriendly.com issued their tenth annual list of Military Friendly Schools: those colleges and universities that meet and exceed their “standard that measures an organization’s commitment, effort and success in creating sustainable and meaningful benefit for the military community.”

Based on public data, interviews with veteran students and a nationwide survey of colleges, the Military Friendly Schools list is a valuable annual...

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Tackling the High Cost of Student Loan Debt

Feb 04, 2019

By Matt Konrad

There’s no way around it: Americans are drowning in student loan debt. Collectively, we owe $1.5 trillion, and continually rising college costs mean that number isn’t likely to drop much in the next few decades. The average student borrower takes out around $26,000 in loans over the course of a bachelor’s degree—debt that is impossible to discharge in bankruptcy, difficult to have forgiven and increasingly unlikely to be fully repaid on schedule.

Not every student takes on...

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The Student Success Movement: Creating a College Completion Culture

Jan 25, 2019

By Matt Konrad

Ten years ago, then-President Barack Obama’s “American Graduation Initiative” set out two historically ambitious goals: increase the nation’s community college graduates by five million over the following decade, and raise the percentage of Americans with a certificate or degree to 60 percent by 2020.

A decade later, the nation finds itself well behind schedule in meeting those goals. As reported by the Washington Post and Hechinger Report, “federal and state budget cuts,...

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Corporate Tuition Assistance Programs Deliver Results for Employees—and Employers

Jan 18, 2019

By Matt Konrad

The line between “student” and “employee” has never been blurrier than it is in 2019. Over the past four decades in the United States, the workforce and the college population have converged like never before. More than half of all college students now hold down jobs while attending school full time. Nearly half of all community college attendees are already employed when they start school, and 76 percent of graduate students are working at least 30 hours per week.

What’s...

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Meet the 2018 Dream Award Recipients: Christian E. Urrea

Jan 04, 2019

By Joan Cronson

Growing up in a single-parent family in Guadalajara, Mexico, Christian Urrea had no idea that immigration to the United States with his mother when he was eight years old was just the start of his long journey to a better life.

As an undocumented minor, Christian faced language, cultural and financial struggles. Though he’d studied English in school in Mexico, he remembers feeling overwhelmed in his first all-English class in elementary school in Aurora, Ilinois, a suburb of...

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Year In Review: How Scholarship America Changes Students' Lives

Dec 28, 2018

Since our founding 60 years ago, Scholarship America has had a singular focus on supporting the dreams and aspirations of bright minds, no matter what their circumstances and obstacles might be. From our beginnings as a community scholarship drive in Fall River, Massachusetts in 1958, we have grown to become the nation’s largest private scholarship provider.

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Sixty Years of History, 20 Years of Partnerships: Celebrating a Milestone Year

Dec 21, 2018

By Megan Gunderson and Matt Konrad

As 2018 draws to a close, we’re excited to look back on some major milestones in Scholarship America’s history. This year, we celebrated the 60th anniversary of our founding in 1958, when Fall River, Massachusetts optometrist Irving Fradkin had a simple but world-changing idea: if an entire community came together, even small donations could turn into significant support for college-bound students.

That idea has been the basis of our work for the last six...

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Dream Award Recipient Amanda Condon: Overcoming Odds, Reaching Milestones

Dec 12, 2018

By Amanda Condon

Editor's Note: Amanda Condon was a member of the 2016 class of Scholarship America Dream Award recipients. We are proud to publish this guest post from Amanda, letting us know where she is now—and what great things she's doing.

I was an honors student in middle school: ambitious, creative and driven. From the outside looking in, my family was a typical rural household that thrived on hard work and education. I was the second of four children and the leader of my siblings....

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