Total Strangers Helping Students Pay for College

Crowd Funding If you are getting ready to go to college soon, you know the routine; submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), complete financial aid applications from your prospective schools, and search everywhere for free money for college. In the past, ‘free money’ usually implied searching for scholarships, but not anymore. Today’s college students are reaching out to complete strangers through the use of crowd funding to help cover everything from tuition to study abroad trips.

While the majority of crowd funding sites originated with the idea of helping charities or people in severe need (life-threatening illness or devastation from a natural disaster), many are now seeing an increase in campaigns specifically designed to help students pay for college. The premise is simple; tell your story and get people to donate.  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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