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.

Scholarships for Foster Children

Financial Aid Resources for Foster and Adopted Children

Did you know that November is National Adoption Month? It is estimated that more than 400,000 children are living without permanent families in the United States and that over 27,000 of those children will age out of foster care this year. Although most Americans favor adoption, few have taken the necessary steps to formally adopt a child. One deterrent may be the cost of raising a child, which can easily run over $240,000 from birth to high school graduation. When you factor in the average cost of a college education that figure can skyrocket to nearly $350,000 (at today’s rate). Thankfully, there are some resources that can help reduce the expenses of a college degree for those who have spent time in the foster system or have been adopted from a state-run foster program. For example, The North American Council on Adoptable Children has a robust listing of states that offer college tuition waiver programs, which can greatly reduce the tuition fees for those attending colleges within the state’s system, including community colleges, universities, and technical colleges. Students may also qualify for grants and scholarships that are specifically for foster and adopted children, such as:

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Scholarships for Sophomores

Scholarships for High School Sophomores

You may think that college is too far away to even start worrying about it, but that could be a costly mistake. Unfortunately, the cost of a college education is not going down, and many colleges are starting to scale back some of their more generous financial aid packages. This means you’ll need to find even more money to help pay for your degree. Scholarships can help you cover many of your expenses, and may even reduce the need for taking out large student loans or juggling a job while you are in college. The sooner you begin the process the better. It may seem like the majority of programs are only open to seniors, but rest assured, there are plenty of scholarships available for high school sophomores, too. Here are just a few with upcoming deadlines.

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Crowdfunding Help

5 Steps to a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign

Last week, I posted an article about several crowdfunding websites that are available to help you find the money you need to pay for college. Although these websites are easy to use and offer a plethora of tools to help you set up a donation page, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have any success. In fact, most students who use these websites rarely reach their goal amount. Why? Well, for one thing, you’re not alone. There are thousands of students trying to get people to donate to them, so it’s easy for your page to get lost in the crowd. Secondly, like most things in life, you’ll get out of it what you put into it. In other words, if you throw up a page and never do anything else, you’re not going to see any reward. So, how can you increase your odds of hitting your fundraising goal? Here are five steps you’ll need to take to ensure you have a successful crowdfunding campaign.

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Hispanic Heritage Month

5 Scholarships to Honor National Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15 will mark the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month. It’s an important observance for the U.S., which has the second-highest Hispanic population in the world (Mexico is number one). In fact, it is projected that the U.S. will have nearly 129 million Hispanic residents by 2060. This means that more Hispanic students will be attending college to pursue their undergraduate and graduate degrees. Many providers are taking note and stepping up to help these students fund their educations. Whether students identify as Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban or another Spanish-speaking culture, there are many scholarships now available to help them reach their educational goals. Here are just a few of the programs currently open to Hispanic students.

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Graduate Scholarships

10 Scholarship Opportunities for Graduate Students

It may seem as though the majority of scholarship programs are targeting high school seniors and undergraduate students, but there are financial aid programs available to graduate students, too. Students should begin their search at their college financial aid office, as there may be programs within specific college departments or awards for those who pursue a certain degree program. Additional resources include potential employers and local businesses, as many companies now invest in those who agree to commit a certain amount of service in exchange for financial assistance. Students should also check out these 10 scholarships, if they want to make a dent in their college tuition bill.

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