Score a Home Run This Scholarship Season!

Scholarship Home RunJanuary is widely recognized as a ‘new beginning’ for many people; a chance to wipe the slate clean and start again, but in the world of scholarships, January also signals the start of the ‘money’ game. Over the next few months, many scholarship programs have upcoming deadlines and students will be busy trying to get their share of the stash. Those who are unprepared may find the process a bit overwhelming and give up hope. Even worse, some may rule themselves out of the game before even taking a turn at bat. It’s really unfortunate that so many students enter the scholarship game ill-prepared or unwilling to even give it a try. Continue Reading…


Turn Your Hobbies Into College Cash!

Fun Scholarships Do you spend your free time pursuing interests outside of school? Chances are those extracurricular activities and hobbies could net you some cool college cash. Although many scholarships are merit-based or need-based, there are numerous programs that target specific areas of interest that may or may not have anything to do with your intended college major. Many organizations and clubs provide scholarships to students who demonstrate an interest in certain activities or show exemplary skills in certain fields, such as music and art. Every day, new scholarships are popping up and one could be perfect for you! Here are a few examples of how your hobbies or outside interests can turn into free money for college. Continue Reading…


Reduce Your Debt Through a Loan Forgiveness Program

Loan Forgiveness ProgramsLast year, a record number of students applied for AmeriCorps. Why? For some, the opportunity to serve others while learning valuable skills was enticing, but others joined for an entirely different reason. After completing just one term of service (12 months or less), they were eligible to have their student loan debt reduced by up to $5,500. Unfortunately, budget cuts have made it impossible for AmeriCorps and other service-based organizations to provide this opportunity to everyone who submits an application, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other options available to students who want to reduce, or even eliminate, their student loan debt. Depending upon a student’s intended career field, he/she may be eligible for one of the many student loan forgiveness programs being offered through federal and state governments, or other organizations. Here are just a few of the programs currently available. Continue Reading…


Avoid These Common FAFSA Mistakes!

Common FAFSA Errors In January, more than 20 million students will file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and many will submit applications with mistakes. Simple errors can delay or even derail your chances of receiving financial aid, not only at the federal level, but also at the state level and at prospective colleges. To ensure you receive the most aid possible, be sure to avoid these common FAFSA mistakes.
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