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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…

Dual Enrollment

How can you get four years of college for the price of two? How can you make sure all of your community college credits transfer to your four-year college? How do you get scholarships for freshmen as a transfer student? The answer to all these questions? Dual enrollment. Dual enrollment programs allow students to enroll simultaneously at a community college…

Podcasts, Podcasts and More!

I’ve had a blast being a guest on a few podcasts recently: On The Money Mindset Podcast, host Ashley Patrick and I talked about balancing college savings and funding with a family’s other financial responsibilities, best practices in borrowing for college, and so much more. On Pumped Up Parenting, host Celia Kibler and I talked financial aid, the FAFSA, and…

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