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Let’s Play Bust-a-Scholarship-Myth!

You’ve probably come across several of the long-standing scholarship myths that linger on the Internet, like the one that claims millions in scholarship dollars goes unclaimed each year. Although it’s not entirely false, it is very misleading. Yes, some scholarships are not disbursed, but not because they are secret or nobody applied; in most cases, the scholarship criteria was too narrow or the pool of applicants did not yield an eligible match. Another common myth is that you have to be under 24 to win any scholarships. This is totally false. There are oodles of scholarship programs that help adult learners and non-traditional students pay for college. Wondering what other scholarship myths may be stretching the truth? Check out this week’s post from, “5 Common Scholarship Myths Busted.”

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Scholarship Tips from

Ever wonder why some students seem to have all the luck when it comes to winning scholarships? Well, first of all, luck rarely has anything to do with it. In general, students are awarded institutional aid (scholarships from their colleges) based on high academic achievement, athletic or artistic talent, and/or family income level. But, that doesn’t mean you need brains or an empty bank account to score some free cash. No, there are literally thousands of private scholarships available that just about anyone can win, if you follow some simple suggestions. Intrigued? Head over to and check out its latest financial aid post, “5 Tips for Winning Scholarships.

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4 New Year’s Scholarship Resolutions

There’s something about celebrating the New Year that is liberating. Not only is it the perfect time to say goodbye to anything bad that may have happened in the last 12 months, but it’s also a great opportunity for you to identify some things you may want to improve upon moving forward. It’s a chance to take personal inventory and really focus on making things better for you and those around you. Sure, you could put together a list of tired, old resolutions like getting more exercise or eating healthier, but that’s not going to help you pay for college, is it? No. Instead, we encourage you to take a look at these scholarship resolutions (many of which can help you in other areas of your life, too) that could potentially improve your financial forecast for 2015.

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It’s a Scholarship Twitter Party!

Last week, I was honored to be the guest ‘tweeter’ on #CampusChat hosted by Smart College Visit and scholarship expert Monica Matthews. Monica helped her son win more than $100,000 in scholarships when he went to college. She frequently gives tips for finding and winning scholarships on her website,, and social media channels, such as Twitter. She is also the author of “How to Win College Scholarships.” If you missed our fast and furious scholarship Twitter chat, don’t worry. I have compiled all the questions and some of the best responses right here. Enjoy!

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Don’t Let Scholarships Scare You!

rolling eyesAs many of you may know, I have a daughter who is a senior in high school this year. For the last few years, I have gently reminded her that applying for scholarships would be a good use of her free time. I was typically met with a causal roll of the eyes or a promise to ‘look into it’ in the next few days, but I never saw her take any action. It wasn’t until this past spring, when she started to seriously look at colleges, that she realized how much money her education was going to cost. Now, she’s finally taking an interest in scholarships, and so are her friends. But, here’s the part that really surprised me. They didn’t put off applying for scholarships because of the work — it was because they were too afraid to start the process.

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