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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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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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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