Does a College Education Matter?

Education Matters With the cost of a college education increasing each year, some people might say that a degree is no longer worth the time or the money it takes to earn one. It’s not uncommon to hear the horror stories about students who are drowning in student loan debt. Some students are leaving college with as much as $20,000, $40,000, or more in debt. Our economy has definitely not helped the situation, either. It’s no wonder many high school students are re-considering the value of a college education.

But for those who think an education doesn’t matter, consider this – Continue Reading…

Get in the Game With Scholarships!

Sport ScholarshipsThose who know me can attest to the fact that my closest is comprised of mainly two colors: teal and black. Why? I am a die-hard Jacksonville Jaguar fan (let the London Jaguar and other jokes commence). Regardless of their record on the field (it’s been a rough year so far), I remain true to my team. I may not be your typical football fan, as I do not attend the games for the gridiron action. Instead, I am a season ticket owner because I choose to support a team that has given so much to my community. Like many major league teams, the Jaguars provide financial support to local hospitals, charities and educational programs. Whether it’s the National Football League (NFL) or Major League Baseball (MLB), sports organizations across the country are stepping up to help local students achieve their dreams of a college education. Here’s a sample of how some of the teams are giving back. Continue Reading…

Big Money Scholarships…Cha-Ching!

Big Money Scholarships In the world of scholarships, winning a full-ride or ‘Big Money’ scholarship is akin to capturing the goose that lays the golden eggs. Similar to that goose, finding and keeping one of these awards can be a little tricky. You have to know where to look and you have to possess the right ‘tools’ to win. Although many of the largest, most prestigious awards are merit-based, there are several programs that offer big rewards for other skills and talents, such as writing or artistic abilities. And surprisingly, not all of the programs are just for high school seniors; some cater to middle school students and non-traditional students. So, where are these elusive ‘Big Money’ awards? Grab your net and get ready, as we go on the hunt for scholarship programs that offer BIG rewards. Continue Reading…

Your Financial Aid Questions Answered Part 3

Scholarship Answers Over the last few weeks, I have been receiving several questions on Facebook, Twitter and other forums from parents and students about financial aid. Many of the questions were about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which I addressed in Part 2 of this series, but an even greater number of questions were submitted about scholarships. Many students voiced their concerns about the pressure they feel from their parents to locate scholarships and win awards. I got the impression that these students felt like they were drifting in the ocean without any way of staying afloat. Fortunately, they were not alone in their fears, as I received several similar questions. Here are some of the most common concerns students shared regarding the scholarship process. Continue Reading…

Your Financial Aid Questions Answered – Part 2

FAFSA Help The second part of this series focuses on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), as many parents and students often find this to be one of the most confusing aspects of the college financial aid process. Students often miss out on free money for college because they feel intimidated by the form or don’t understand how the information is being used by colleges. The following questions, which were submitted by our followers on Facebook, Twitter and other forums, will hopefully shed some light on the subject and help you understand the importance of completing the FAFSA each year. Continue Reading…


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