2016 Dollars for Scholars Affiliate Award Winners Announced

Aug 25, 2016

With back-to-school season underway, students and families are heading in to another exciting academic year. Teachers and other mentors – including the nationwide network of nearly 500 Scholarship America Dollars for Scholars affiliates – are also getting ready for another year of supporting students.

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You Can Boost FAFSA Completion In Your Community. Here’s How.

Jul 25, 2016

When it comes to paying for college, there’s nothing more important for students to do than complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This form, filed annually, is the gateway to virtually all federal, state and institutional financial aid, and many private scholarship providers require it as well. Unfortunately, completion rates for the FAFSA have remained stubbornly low -- only about half of high school grads complete the form, and the ones who don’t may be leaving...

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Financial Aid Outside the Box

Jul 12, 2016

Here at the peak of summer, it’s hard to imagine that there’s only a couple of months before students return to school. But the new academic year is creeping up -- and, when it starts, the students heading to college campuses will look a little different. Following the trends of the last decade, more of them will be older, more will be returning to school after time off and more will be transferring from two-year to four-year colleges. We’ve looked before at how these shifting demographics...

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Five Crucial College Cost Calculators for Families

Jul 07, 2016
Update, July 2016: Whether you're a high schooler, a college student or a parent, summer break is the perfect time to explore these college cost calculators. They can help you avoid sticker shock on everything from your Expected Family Contribution to your future loan repayments!
 
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...
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Introducing 2016 Student Volunteer Award Winners

Jul 01, 2016

There’s no doubt about it: volunteering can change communities—and the individuals who do it—for the better. Student volunteering provides a pathway for building skills (or even future employment) while benefiting local citizens. And, as we’ve covered before, that service can lead to more scholarships for students.

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Education Leaders, Supporters Help Turn Dreams Into Degrees

Jun 28, 2016

May represents an exciting month for students across the country. Years of exams and coursework culminate in celebration, as millions of new high school and college graduates don their caps and gowns. It’s an inspiring moment—not only for students, but for the family, friends, faculty, staff and mentors who helped them achieve the diploma, certificate or degree they dreamed about.

That same energy was evident at Scholarship America’s own celebration, Dreams to Degrees. On Wednesday, May 25,...

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How Student Loan Repayment Benefits Everyone

Jun 14, 2016

For the last decade, the ongoing crisis in student loan debt has loomed over every aspect of higher education, from choice and enrollment to post-graduate payback. At times, the trillion-dollar mountain of debt has seemed insurmountable. But today, with increased commitment from both the public and private sectors, new strategies are emerging to take on the crisis -- strategies like corporate student loan repayment and the Student Debt Challenge.

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5 Things First-Generation Parents Should Know About College

Jun 07, 2016

Update, June 2016: As the school year comes to an end and summer kicks off, first-generation college students and their parents are facing an exciting, uncertain future in the fall. Here are a few things families should know about the transition when their child leaves for the first time.

For parents of first-generation college students, the summer before your son or daughter leaves can be both exciting and scary. You can take pride in all that your child has accomplished, and how far...

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Here’s How Dreamkeepers Schools Are Making a Difference

Jun 02, 2016

Imagine this: You’re a parent with five kids, ranging from 16 years to 9 months old, and you’ve gone back to school full-time. Your spouse is attending the same college, and together, you’re trying to make sure your family is taken care of – all while completing an internship and maintaining good grades.

While juggling seven different schedules and a hundred daily responsibilities, you’re hit with a large, unexpected sewage bill and a balance from daycare at the same time. You’re stuck with...

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The Changing Landscape of Scholarships and Financial Aid

May 24, 2016

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.

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