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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Are You Fluent in FAFSA?

Now that the 2015-2016 Free Application for Federal Student Aid is available, it’s time to make sure you’re speaking the same language as college financial aid officers. We’re not talking French, Spanish, or even English. No, that would be too easy. If you want to get the free money for college that you deserve and need, you’ll want to become fluent in FAFSA. Not sure where to find a financial aid glossary or a pocket translator? No worries. Our friends over at Unigo.com are offering a quick course to get you up to speed. If you want to be able to converse with your college’s financial aid office, we suggest heading over and reading ‘Do you speak FAFSA?” right now.


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What’s Your Financial Aid Game Plan?

It’s really never too early to start thinking about how you will pay for your child’s college education. If your child is still very young, now is a great time to consider opening a 529 Plan or a pre-paid college plan. You can increase the earnings in these funds quickly by getting family members involved. Encourage grandparents, aunts, uncles and family friends to make a contribution to your child’s college fund in lieu of birthday or other holiday gifts. It’s also a good idea to encourage your child to save a percentage of his or her allowance, as this will teach your child the importance of planning ahead. But, what if your child is a high school senior or already in college? Is there any hope of getting enough financial aid to help cover his or her expenses? Yes, if you put together a solid financial game plan.

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9/11 Scholarships

9/11 Scholarships – We Will Never Forget

It’s hard to believe that this year’s crop of college freshmen were only in kindergarten when America was shaken to its core on September 11, 2001. In fact, they are probably the last group of students who may have some memory of the events that unfolded that day. Future college students will only know of 9/11 through pictures, books, and movies. They won’t know how it felt to watch the Twin Towers fall to the ground like sand sculptures and wonder if someone they loved was still trapped inside. They won’t remember the screaming and crying that echoed in our ears for months. And most of all, they won’t know the feeling of pride and unity we all experienced as we came together to declare, “We are Americans, and we will never forget.”

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How Do Scholarships Work?

You just received your college tuition bill and realize that you still need about $3,000 to cover all your expenses. Worst of all, the money is due in three weeks. Unfortunately, your parents are tapped out and your bank account is completely empty. In a panic, you turn to the Internet and starting applying for every scholarship you can find. As the days tick by, you patiently wait for a check that never comes. Does this sound familiar?

Here at ScholarshipExperts.com, we often get flooded with calls and emails in late July and early August from students desperately seeking financial assistance. These students may have miscalculated their total cost of attendance, or perhaps they overestimated the total amount of financial aid they might receive from their schools. Whatever the reason, they all have two things in common. One, they neglected to have a back-up plan in place, just in case their financial aid packages fell through. And two, they started the scholarship search process about six months too late.

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September Scholarships

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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