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New (School) Year’s Resolutions

Here in Oregon we’re not yet back to school (thankfully) but based on all the first day pictures I’m seeing on the socials, it looks like most of the rest of you are. With a new (school) year upon us, here are some resolutions your family might make for the coming school year. And, here’s hoping they don’t get broken…

Step 3 in Finding Scholarships

Now that you’ve done Step 1 and Step 2, what’s next to find scholarships? Step 3 is starting to build a spreadsheet of colleges that are likely to offer you scholarships so that you keep track of and meet application requirements and deadlines. If you don’t want to create your own, here is my college research spreadsheet. It includes columns…

Step 2 in Finding Scholarships

Now that you’ve completed Step 1, it’s time for Step 2 in finding scholarships. Step 2 is using colleges’ financial aid and scholarship tools to determine what scholarships you’re eligible for at which colleges. Colleges themselves are the best source of scholarships, since scholarships and other forms of tuition discounting are one of the primary vehicles colleges use to attract…

Step 1 in Finding Scholarships

How do you begin the process of finding college scholarships? Step 1 is finding out what type of scholarship you’re eligible for: need-based or merit. Need-based financial aid is aid that meets the difference between Cost of Attendance (COA) at a college and your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) (which is being renamed to Student Aid Index or SAI). Your EFC…

Summer Earnings: Good and Bad

Teenagers working this summer are earning great pay, with the average hourly wage this summer a whopping $17.50. That means that working 20 hours per week all summer would earn a student about $3,500. That’s great news for someone who’s trying to save money for college– but it could come back to hurt you on the FAFSA. Remember that student…

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