As student loan debt continues to climb, and more students face the challenge of paying for their degrees, our country’s leaders continue to look for creative programs to help more students gain access to college. In Florida, for example, Governor Rick Scott issued a challenge to the state’s college administrators to lower the cost of a bachelor’s degree to under $10,000 over four years. Although only a handful of colleges accepted the challenge, at least it’s a start. Unfortunately, students may not see any dramatic decreases in tuition anytime soon, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other resources that can significantly reduce, or even eliminate, a student’s overall college debt. For those who want to attend college without going broke, these programs may just fit the bill. Read the rest of this entry »
As you may have heard, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently announced that student loan debt has now surpassed the trillion dollar mark. Just last year, students borrowed over $117 billion in federal student loans and we are on track to match or pass that mark again this year; the numbers are sobering. With the economy still struggling and graduates continuing to have difficulty in finding employment, it’s simply not feasible for students to continue this trend without serious financial ramifications for everyone. But, is it possible to graduate debt-free and reverse this trend? Read the rest of this entry »
Remember your P.E. class from grade school? You’re standing in line, waiting to be picked for the team, and what does the captain do? He or she picks the bigger students because it is presumed they will perform better or have more to offer. The same presumption often occurs with scholarship searches: the larger awards get all the attention, while the ‘little guys’ may see only a few dozen applications.
This assumption is a mistake many students also make when searching and applying for scholarships. While the smaller programs may only offer $100, $250 or $500 as an award, a scholarship-savvy student will realize that by winning several of these awards, the total amount can really add up. The other upside of smaller awards is that they are often disbursed directly to the student and not the college. This means you can use the funds for food, clothing, gas or whatever else you may need at college.
Here’s a sampling of some smaller awards available now: Read the rest of this entry »
The word ‘diversity’ can mean many things. In academia, it’s a term used to describe the mix of students from under-represented populations. This may include students from minority groups, adult learners, students with disabilities and more. Many schools offer a vast array of resources and free college money to students who belong to an under-represented population. But, where do you start your search for colleges that value diversity?
Good news! CollegeWeekLive will be hosting a free online event called Diversity Day on Wednesday, September 14th, from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. EDT. Many diversity topics will be covered through panel discussions and online video chats, including: Read the rest of this entry »
Ever dream of studying abroad? The opportunity to take in the charms of a British countryside or taste the savory flavors of Italy – these are just a few of the added perks when studying overseas. Well, if you have ever toyed with the idea or wanted to know more, here’s your chance. Today, CollegeWeekLive.com is hosting a free online Study Abroad Day for students who are 15-19 years of age.
Students considering a semester abroad or enrolling in a college outside of the U.S. should login today. Online participants can attend virtual booths for colleges offering U.S. students the opportunity to take classes and get degrees overseas. Access important links, download documents, and chat live with college admissions reps, all from the comfort of your computer! You can also view live presentations on why you should study abroad, how to choose the right study abroad program and saving money by studying abroad. Did I mention you can also have a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship for logging in and completing the Study Abroad Day scavenger hunt?
So, what are you waiting for? The CollegeWeekLive.com Study Abroad Day is open from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. (EDT) today and is completely FREE! We hope to see you there.
As you begin your scholarship search, you will be introduced to several types of scholarship opportunities. Students always are interested in the difference between merit scholarships and scholarship sweepstakes. But, just remember, you should apply for both types because each will offer you cash for college.
Merit scholarships are based on your excellence. For example, merit scholarships may require a particular ACT or SAT score, a minimum grade point average, or a great essay discussing a superpower. These scholarships want to learn more about the applicant and how he or she would be an awesome candidate for free money. With merit scholarships, you have to prove that you are best applicant. Judges may evaluate your application on creativity, originality, or relevance. Read the rest of this entry »
Every year, students across the country ask a similar question: What’s the difference between grants and scholarships? But first, realize that you want both, because grants and scholarships are free money that you do not have repay. The difference lies in who gives you the free money for your education.
A grant is one type of financial aid, usually disbursed by the government. For example, the federal government gives the Pell Grant to low-income undergraduate students to help pay for their tuition. The government also provides free money through the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant. In order to determine eligibility for these grants, you must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Read the rest of this entry »
If you missed the KFC $20,000 Twitter scholarship, don’t worry. You may still be eligible for the annual KFC Scholars Award.
Winners of the KFC Scholars Award will be given up to $5,000 annually; the scholarship money can be used for tuition, books, room and board, and fees.
To be eligible for the KFC Scholars Award, you must:
- Be a high school senior graduating this school year (between 12/1/10 and 8/31/11)
- Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
- Demonstrate financial need
- Plan on attending an in-state, public university or college
To apply for this scholarship, visit the Colonel online at KFCScholars.org. KFC will be accepting applications for this scholarship program from December 1, 2010 to February 9, 2011.
By far one of the easiest scholarships to apply for! Five text fields and one click away from a $2,000 scholarship. Thes best part is it renews monthly, so if you don’t win this month, remember to check back in next month to try again!
- Must be a U.S. Student
- Must currently be enrolled in High School
Do you cringe at the prospect of writing an essay with 150 words? I know we have several eager scholarship searchers out there who do. The thought of trying to come up with a response of a few paragraphs or more is, for some students, quite the turn-off. In honor of those applicants, we are pleased to announce the perfect prospective scholarship program for you!
Starting November 18, 2010 and running through November 26, 2010, one single tweet of 140 characters or less (including the hashtag #KFCScholar) could earn you $20,000 towards college. The KFC scholarship committee is asking why you exemplify Colonel Sander’s committment to education, and enriching your community, and why you are deserving of a college scholarship.
The winning tweet will be selected based on 40 percent creativity, 30 percent need and 30 percent drive. Only high school seniors are eligible to apply, and KFC will be announcing the winner on December 1, 2010. The recipient will receive up to $5,000 per year for the next four years to pursue a bachelor’s degree at a public university in his/her own state.
How much can you say in 140 characters? Here’s what your peers are already saying on Twitter.
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