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Tuition-Free Community College Opens Doors for Students

Apr 26, 2019

By Robert C. BallardPresident and CEO

This post was originally published by Forbes.

At Scholarship America, one core belief is at the heart of everything we do: education makes lives better.

That belief has led our organization to distribute more than $4 billion in scholarships and educational assistance to more than 2.4 million students since our founding 60 years ago. It applies to students from all walks of life, whether they are pursuing a doctorate, a baccalaureate, or associate...

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Meet the 2018 Dream Award Recipients: Miguel Aguirre

Mar 18, 2019

By Joan Cronson

While Miguel Aguirre was growing up in Rio Bravo in the northeastern region of Mexico, his family, which included four children, often struggled to make ends meet. At times, there was stress and tension in the household—but his parents dreamed of a better life for their children. When Miguel was 10, his mother immigrated to Texas with Miguel and his three sisters while his father stayed in Mexico to work and help support the family.   

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Introducing the 2019 Dream Award Selection Committee

Mar 11, 2019

Scholarship America’s Dream Award is a unique renewable scholarship fund for students in their sophomore year of college and beyond. Too often, students receive ample scholarship aid during their freshman year—but too little to keep them in school beyond that. The Dream Award is a national initiative to help ensure talented students with high financial need can afford to complete the degree programs they’ve started.

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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.


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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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