College Planning

Don’t wait until high school to start planning for college; you can begin your search for the right school at any time. Whether you are a traditional or non-traditional student, or even a parent, we’ll provide everything you need to navigate the college planning process. Learn which websites offer the best college searches, where to find scholarships to finance your education, and how to avoid mistakes that could affect your financial aid. With our advice, you’ll have all the tools you need to put the pieces together and find your perfect college match.

Financial Aid Package

Outside Scholarships and Your Financial Aid Package

When I won my first scholarship for college, I was ecstatic. I proudly walked into the financial aid office and turned over my check to be deposited into my account. A few days later, I pulled up my account online to view my financial aid package and noticed that one of my college grants had been reduced. Livid, I called up the financial aid office to find out why. That’s when I learned about a little-known rule called the Federal Overaward Regulation (34 CRF 637.5). Under this provision, outside scholarships are considered resources and can reduce your financial aid dollar-for-dollar. In fact, colleges are required to reduce your aid package whenever the total from all resources exceeds the school’s tuition costs by more than $300.

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Golf Scholarships

Find Your ‘Sweet Spot’ With These Golf Scholarships

Do you enjoy spending time in the great outdoors looking for birdies, eagles or albatrosses? Well, you’re either a member of the Audubon Society or a golfer. If you belong to the latter half, you probably already know that today is National Golfer’s Day. It’s a perfect excuse to take off early from school and hit the links, especially since there may be money to be won. And we’re not talking about those side bets you place with your friends. We mean scholarship money! It’s not just the football and basketball players who score all the green for college. Many organizations offer golfers substantial awards for playing on school teams or simply because they love the game. Don’t believe us? Check out these golf scholarships you can receive simply for getting a little ball to go into a cup.

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full-ride scholarship

Full-Tuition and Full-Ride Scholarships: Are They the Same?

I think most students would agree that finding a scholarship that covers all of their college expenses would be a huge blessing. But would that award be called a full-tuition scholarship or a full-ride scholarship? With so many people using the terms interchangeably, it can get a bit confusing. Personally, a school could call its award the ‘We’ll Pay for Everything’ Scholarship, and I wouldn’t care, especially if it meant I was taking out fewer student loans. I do, however, think it’s important for students to understand the subtle differences in each program.

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Scholarships for Kids

You’re Never Too Young for Scholarships!

If you have been following my blog posts, you know that scholarships aren’t simply for high school seniors and current college students. There are many programs available to high school underclassmen, graduate schools, and even adults who are heading back to college or attending for the first time. But did you know that there are also ample opportunities for elementary and middle school students? It’s true! Unfortunately, due to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), online scholarship search services are not available to students under the age of 13, which can make finding these opportunities a little more difficult. That’s why I felt it was important to share with you some of the programs that are currently open (and others that will be opening soon) for younger students.

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Black History Month

10 Scholarships for African American Students

Did you know that Black History Month was first celebrated at Kent State University in 1970? Now, nearly every elementary, middle, and high school plans some form of educational activities throughout the month to honor those African Americans who have made great contributions to music, education, politics, and racial equality. Colleges and universities also provide ample opportunities for students to learn more about black history and to celebrate African American culture. Even though there has been progress towards racial equality, the fact remains that many African American students still lack the college planning resources and funding necessary to complete a post-secondary education. There are, however, many scholarship opportunities available to assist those students who wish to earn a college degree. Here are a few of the current programs open to African American students at the high school, undergraduate, or graduate level.

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