28 Super Sites to Jump Start your College Scholarship Search

Lessa Scherrer
Posted at 1/31/2018 9:33:41 PM

Guess what my number one question was this month? Scholarships! Paying for college is no joke, even if you have savings in the bank. The average college student takes 5 years and 8 months to graduate from college these days. I don’t know about you, but I was only saving for four years—the money just doesn’t go as far.

Since I can’t magically fill your bank account, I’ve collected a bunch of resources that you can use to begin—or turbo-charge—your scholarship search. Remember that finding and applying for scholarships can begin long before winter of senior year and does not end at graduation. Yes, there are fewer scholarship opportunities for students in grades 9-11 and those past senior year, but the well is not dry. Keep searching!

The first thing your student should do is approach local businesses and organizations. Local scholarship are likely much less competitive than those on the major scholarship search sites, simply because not so many people know about them. Search for” [y...more

Categories: Financial Aid & Affordability
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  • financial aid
  • scholarships
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Some of My Favorite College Planning References

Rana Slosberg
Posted at 10/27/2017 2:36:55 PM

Here are a few of my favorite college planning reference books and websites organized by category.  What other references do you like and use?

What makes a college right for you - College Match 


College Majors - Book of Majors


College Guides:

  • The Princeton Review, The Best 3xx Colleges
  • Fiske Guide to Colleges
  • America’s Best Colleges for B Students
  • Colleges That Change Lives
  • Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers
  • The K&W Guide to Colleges for Students with Learning Differences
  • Rugg’s Recommendations on the Colleges 
     

College Search Sites:

Chance for acceptance - Naviance scattergrams from your high school

Financial Aid:

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Categories: Application & Essay Guidance  |  Career & Major Guidance  |  Financial Aid & Affordability  |  Fine & Performing Arts  |  College Selection & List Development  |  Students with LD
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FAFSA & CSS/PROFILE Filing Time is Now!

Ellen Gaddie
Posted at 10/2/2017 1:03:42 PM

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is officially open today, October 1, 2017. FAFSA aid is given on a first come-first serve basis, so it’s important to file early. Families of new or returning college students need to complete the form using 2016 tax information.

Valuable advice from Money Magazine, Oct. 2016, “4 Things to Know About the New FAFSA”

“Just submitting a FAFSA will automatically qualify you for a low-cost federal student loan of up to $5,500 for freshman year....The FAFSA is also required for many other kinds of aid, including work/study jobs; federal parent PLUS loans; scholarships from state agencies, private foundations, and colleges; and, in a few cases, merit aid.”

Steps:

1) Go to www.fafsa.ed.gov or https://cssprofile.collegeboard.org/

2) Student creates a Federal Student Aid Identification Number (FSA ID). 

3) Parents create their own FSA ID.  “Parent” refers to a biological or adoptive parent or a person de...more

Categories: Financial Aid & Affordability
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  • FAFSA
  • CSS/PROFILE
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