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.

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September’s Back-to-School Scholarship List

Are you ready to head back to classes? I bet your parents have been counting down the days until school starts again. You, on the other hand, are probably not as excited to get back to those long hours behind a desk or working on homework assignments again. Thankfully, there’s one thing you can look forward to…back-to-school shopping deals! But, laptops and backpacks aren’t the only items that should be on your list. There are also plenty of great back-to-school scholarship deals expiring soon. And best of all, you don’t need a coupon or credit card to snag these deals. Just click on the links, and start applying!

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Score a Touchdown With NFL Scholarships

Do you know why I love August so much? It’s not because the kids finally return to school or the weather starts to cool. No, I get excited because college and professional football is back. There’s no place I’d rather be on a Sunday afternoon than a packed football stadium cheering on my favorite team. It’s like a trip to Disneyland for adults. I can paint my face, wear a costume, and eat a ton of food that’s not good for me. Even when my team has a dismal season (and as a Jacksonville Jaguar fan, I’ve had plenty of those), I still support the organization and its players. I’m definitely not a bandwagon fan; through thick and thin, I bleed teal. Why? Few people realize just how much the 32 NFL teams and many of their players give back to local communities. You always hear about the arrests for bad behavior or the stupid remarks made on social media, but rarely do you see a story about the thousands of dollars they give annually to help students go to college. Here are just a few examples of players who are giving back to their communities.

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Don’t Let Scholarships Scare You!

rolling eyesAs many of you may know, I have a daughter who is a senior in high school this year. For the last few years, I have gently reminded her that applying for scholarships would be a good use of her free time. I was typically met with a causal roll of the eyes or a promise to ‘look into it’ in the next few days, but I never saw her take any action. It wasn’t until this past spring, when she started to seriously look at colleges, that she realized how much money her education was going to cost. Now, she’s finally taking an interest in scholarships, and so are her friends. But, here’s the part that really surprised me. They didn’t put off applying for scholarships because of the work — it was because they were too afraid to start the process. Continue Reading…


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10 Summer Scholarships for High School Seniors

It’s hard to believe that my daughter will be graduating next year. In a mere 11 months, she will no longer be a high school student. She, of course, reminds me of this on a daily basis, but I’m not sure she really understands how quickly that time will pass. Right now, she seems oblivious to the quantity of work that lies ahead. Instead of working on her résumé or writing college essay drafts, she’s working on her tan. One thing, however, has not escaped her to-do list…scholarships. After narrowing down her list of potential colleges, she’s come to the realization that mom was right — college is expensive. And with the cost of attendance ranging between $17,000 and $53,000 per year, she knows that the only way she can possibly afford to attend any of her top choices is to find some free money to help lower her costs. Right now is the perfect time for her to work on scholarship applications, too. She doesn’t have homework or rehearsals to worry about, so she can give them her full attention. If you are a rising high school senior, you too should use the next few weeks to complete as many scholarships as possible. To get you started, here are 10 summer scholarships that you can submit before you head back to school.

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10 Twitter Handles for High School Students

Are you a current high school student? If so, I’m betting that you spend most of your free time on your smartphone. That’s not a bad thing. In fact, your phone is a great college planning tool. You can use it to access social media sites that are teeming with information on how to improve your SAT or ACT scores, where to find scholarships, and how to put together a stellar college application. One of my favorite go-to resources for all things college is Twitter. Why? It’s simple. I can easily search for what I need (#scholarships, #collegeplanning, etc.) without having to deal with advertisements and other distractions. I can also post a question and get answers in a matter of seconds. If you’re thinking about college, or planning to attend very soon, it’s worth your time to follow these 10 Twitter handles for high school students!

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