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CSS PROFILE or FAFSA: Which Should You Use?

Now that most high school seniors have completed their college applications (or should be getting close to finishing them), it’s time for them to turn their focus on another important aspect of the college admissions process — financial aid. Most students are familiar with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), but there’s another form that many may not even know exists. It’s called the CSS/ Financial Aid PROFILE®. And, depending on where students enroll, they may have to complete one or both forms.

Not sure which one is right for you? Head over to Unigo.com and check out its latest blog post, “4 Ways the CSS PROFILE Differs From the FAFSA.”


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Why Should You Win a $1,500 Scholarship?

Ever wonder why some students win scholarships and others don’t? Do they have some special talent or gift, or are they somehow blessed with incredible luck? In all honesty, it really depends on the type of scholarship. For merit-based scholarships, having a stellar grade point average (GPA) and high college exam scores is a definite must, but not a guarantee that you’ll win. Why? Simply put, your grades are probably not as unique as you perceive them to be. The same can be true for need-based aid, as well. Tons of students are in similar financial situations, and they all need help. Choosing a winner can be difficult in these cases, and it’s often a personal statement, letter of recommendation, or an essay that gives the winner the edge over all the other candidates. But, what if you don’t have perfect grades or you come from a middle-class family — are you out of luck? Nope. We know you possess something that sets you apart from other students, and that’s why we created the Top Ten List Scholarship.

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Quick Ways to Earn Christmas Cash

It’s that time of the year when college students look forward to heading home and relaxing for a few weeks. Months of eating at the campus dining hall will be replaced with home-cooked meals, and long nights of studying will be swapped for Netflix marathons. But, it won’t be long before the spring semester arrives along with those college tuition bills. Thankfully, this is a perfect time for students to earn a little extra cash to help buy holiday gifts or save up for those impending college expenses. Sure, students could get a job at a local restaurant or even a retail store, but holiday shoppers aren’t always in the best of moods. For those looking to earn some cash over winter break, and still find time to have some fun, we suggest heading over to Unigo.com.

Check out its latest blog post, “5 Ways to Make Money This Holiday Season” for some great money-making tips. Happy Holidays!


Twitter Party

It’s a Scholarship Twitter Party!

Last week, I was honored to be the guest ‘tweeter’ on #CampusChat hosted by Smart College Visit and scholarship expert Monica Matthews. Monica helped her son win more than $100,000 in scholarships when he went to college. She frequently gives tips for finding and winning scholarships on her website, How2WinScholarships.com, and social media channels, such as Twitter. She is also the author of “How to Win College Scholarships.” If you missed our fast and furious scholarship Twitter chat, don’t worry. I have compiled all the questions and some of the best responses right here. Enjoy!

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College Tips: Beg, Borrow and Buy Used

By now, you should know that scholarships are a great way to reduce the overall cost of attending college. But, what do you do if you haven’t been fortunate enough to score enough to make much of a dent in your college expenses? You could get mad and scream for a few minutes (it never hurts to let off some steam now and then), but what would that really solve? Not much. There are, however, a few ways you can reduce your college costs, and it has to do with the three B’s – beg, borrow and buy used. Want to know more? Head over to Unigo.com and check out its new post, “3 Easy Ways to Reduce Your College Expenses.”


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