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.

FAFSA

Get Ready for FAFSA Season!

In a few weeks, the 2014-2015 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be available. If this will be your first time completing the FAFSA, you’ll need to register for a PIN before you can begin the process. Keep in mind that your parent(s) will need a PIN, too, if you are a dependent student. Once you have that out of the way, you can start gathering the documentation you will need to complete the FAFSA, as this will make the process much easier. In general, you will need the following items.

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Full-Ride Scholarships

Chasing the Elusive Full-Ride Scholarship

Last week, I was having lunch with a friend and the subject of college came up. We both have daughters who are high school juniors, so it’s never far from our thoughts. We discussed the intensity of the International Baccalaureate program (our daughters are enrolled but at separate schools) and even planned for an upcoming college tour at the University of Florida (UF). The conversation was going smoothly until I asked how he planned to cover the tuition and other fees at UF. With a completely straight face, he replied that he expected his daughter to get a full-ride scholarship. Why wouldn’t he believe that his child, who has played softball since she could walk and carries an unweighted grade point average (GPA) of 3.5, should be able to win such a coveted award? The media is full of reports about students who are being showered with full-ride scholarship offers, so it’s only natural that he would expect it to be a viable option. Although I hated to be the bearer of bad news, I felt obligated to clue him in on the reality of his financial plan.

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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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