Does a College Education Matter?

Education Matters With the cost of a college education increasing each year, some people might say that a degree is no longer worth the time or the money it takes to earn one. It’s not uncommon to hear the horror stories about students who are drowning in student loan debt. Some students are leaving college with as much as $20,000, $40,000, or more in debt. Our economy has definitely not helped the situation, either. It’s no wonder many high school students are re-considering the value of a college education.

But for those who think an education doesn’t matter, consider this – Continue Reading…


What’s Your Scholarship Strategy?

Search for Scholarships If you go on Facebook or Twitter, you’re bound to see plenty of posts by discouraged students who are desperately searching for last-minute financial aid help. Many are now realizing that their high school guidance counselors and parents were right; applying for scholarships in high school should have been a priority, not an afterthought. These ‘last ditch effort’ students clearly did not have a scholarship strategy and are now faced with the tough decision of taking out student loans or walking away from their dream school. It’s very important that you have a scholarship plan in high school, but which is best? Let’s take a look at how some scholarship strategies score on our grading scale. Continue Reading…


What Would You Do With $3,000?

Cha-Ching! If you won $3,000, what would you buy? Would you head over to McDonald’s and purchase more than 1,000 Big Mac’s, or would you go on a shopping spree for clothes? Maybe, you’d go on a cruise or head over to Disney World for some fun. Personally, I would use it to help pay for school.

I’m sure this will come as no surprise, but a college education can unlock the door to a better life. Having a college degree can give you access to fantastic opportunities, such as expanded career choices, alumni networking, discounts on insurance and more. Especially in today’s economy, it is important to have as many skills as possible. But, as we all know, earning a college degree can get expensive. Even if you do qualify for federal financial aid, you may still find yourself coming up short on cash when it comes to paying for college. Continue Reading…


Eco-Friendly Students May Earn Some ‘Green’ for College

Engergy Awareness Month: Royd Moor Wind FarmJust about everyone knows that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Everywhere you look, you see pink: grocery stores, clothing retailers and even the National Football League.  But, did you realize that October is also a ‘green’ month? It’s true! October is Energy Awareness Month, a time to look at alternative methods to creating and using energy resources on our planet and in our daily lives.

Most students have probably had the opportunity to participate in some form of recycling or ‘green’ campaign at school. You may have even started to ‘go green’ at home: reducing energy consumption, wasting less water and recycling your trash. If you are concerned about the effects of global warming and the depletion of our natural resources, you may be excited to learn that many companies and organizations are ready to reward you for your commitment to the environment and your community. Take a look at some programs that reward students for ‘going green’ by putting a little extra green in your pockets for college. Continue Reading…


Scholarships for Everyone…Even YOU!

Many people assume that only the best and the brightest students in high school walk away with free money for college. While many students who rank at the top of the class do qualify and receive scholarships, there are still scholarships out there for those who may not exactly have the same academic profile as the class valedictorian. Check out the various free online scholarship resources, such as ScholarshipExperts.com, to see if any of the following scholarships may be available for you.

Merit Scholarships

This is the most common type of scholarship offered by colleges. This free college money is awarded based upon your academic standing, classroom accomplishments and/or grade point average.  However, this does not necessarily mean you have to hold a 4.0 G.P.A. to qualify. There are often merit awards for those earning a 3.0 and higher, or for those majoring in specific fields of study. Continue Reading…


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