Paying for College

It should come as no surprise that college is expensive, but there are some tips and tricks that can help reduce your overall costs. We’ll take a look at how scholarships work, who can get them, and where to find them. Even if you think your parents make too much money, or your grades aren’t good enough, we’ll show you that there are scholarships and other resources out there for just about everyone — including you!

Student loans

Student Loans: Good or Bad?

Did you know that the average student loan debt for graduates of the Class of 2014 was approximately $33,000? That’s no small chunk of change, and it has many people wondering if the cost of a college education is starting to outweigh the benefits of earning a degree. Personally, I still believe that it’s well worth the time, effort, and cost — if people make smart decisions and follow a few simple rules. Like any investment, students need to look at the big picture, factoring in cost and return before taking out any student loans. Unfortunately, far too many students wind up with buyer’s remorse because they failed to think about the long-term effects of taking on too much debt. For a great checklist of things students should consider before signing on the dotted line, head over to and check out its latest blog post, “Student Loans:Friend or Foe?

fafsa mistakes

Steer Clear of These Common FAFSA Errors

Happy New Year’s Day! It’s time to celebrate a new beginning and look forward to a great 2015. Many of you are probably still a little groggy or trying to catch up on your sleep, but don’t forget that today also marks another momentous occasion…the 2015-2016 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is now open! If you’re a high school senior, or enrolling in college for the first time, you’ll want to make sure you complete this form. But, don’t dive in until you check out some great tips from our partner over at It has a list of five common errors that could delay or even derail your chances of getting free money for college.

Want to avoid missing out on what you’re entitled to receive? Read “5 Fatal FAFSA Mistakes to Avoid” right now!

Purple Heart Scholarship

Military Order of the Purple Heart Scholarship Program

Did you know that Veterans Day was originally celebrated as Armistice Day? When President Wilson proclaimed it a holiday in 1919, it was meant to remember those who gave their lives in World War I (WWI) and to recognize the end of the “war to end all wars.” It wasn’t until May 13, 1938 that November 11 was made a legal holiday that should be dedicated to the cause of world peace and set aside to honor the veterans of WWI. Nearly two decades later, after World War II and the Korean War, the 83rd Congress amended the Act of 1938 by changing the word “Armistice” to “Veterans.”  Today, we celebrate Veterans Day by recognizing all those who have served and honoring those who gave their lives for our country.

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5 Prestigious Merit-Based College Scholarships

In the world of scholarships, students can earn money for a variety of reasons. They may be skilled at sports or have a special talent, or even secure funding based on the color of their hair. There are even scholarships that are awarded to students based on the luck of the draw. But, out of all the scholarships students may be eligible to receive, none may be as rewarding as those based on academic achievement. To some, winning merit-based college scholarships is affirmation that all those long nights of studying and giving up their free time to hit the books was really worth it. It’s definitely something to brag about on college applications and résumés, not to mention the occasional family get together. For those who aren’t afraid of a little competition, there are several scholarships available this fall to those who have excelled in school. Students should be warned, the application process is not easy; but, if they come out on top, the rewards are great. Here are just a few programs that are currently seeking eligible candidates.

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Non-Traditional Students

10 Scholarships for Non-Traditional Students

There are many reasons why students may choose not to enroll in college directly after high school. Maybe they did not have the financial means to cover the cost of a college education, or perhaps they just needed an academic break. Some may have had family obligations that prevented them from focusing on a college degree or medical issues that made it impossible to attend classes. Whatever the reasons, those who chose to delay college, or return after an extended break, often find it difficult to get back on track. They may feel left behind and assume that there is insufficient financial aid available to assist them in obtaining their college diplomas, but this couldn’t be further from the truth.

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