Category Archive: Scholarships and Financial Aid

Parent Plus Loans: Borrower Beware

Savvy consumers will want to look carefully at student loan options and make sure they understand the long term obligations they are undertaking. Many families are getting way in over their heads with Parent Plus loans. Over a million families last year took on Parent Plus debt, for a total of over ten billion dollars. …

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ROTC Scholarships for Homeschoolers

ROTC (The Reserve Officer Training Core) is one of the largest sources of full tuition scholarships for college. Homeschoolers are eligible to compete for ROTC scholarships. Students who are successful in securing ROTC scholarships meet a set of requirements including SAT or ACT standards, grade point average requirements, clean criminal history and drug background, and …

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Financial Aid Terms Every Homeschooler Should Know

Many parents find the financial aid process confusing and overly complicated. Give your homeschooler an advantage by starting out well informed. Here are a few key terms to understand: Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) – The Federal form for determining financial need.  This form is used to determine eligibility for federal and state …

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Work Colleges Cut College Costs

Many families are looking for ways to lower the cost of college and to avoid accumulating student loan debt. Work College Consortium colleges can be a great option for budget-conscious homeschoolers and students who enjoy community service. This group of seven colleges in the United States trades student labor for some of the lowest tuition …

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Colleges That Meet Full Financial Need

It is a mistake to assume every college will offer your homeschool student a similar financial aid package. While the amount your family can pay will be determined through information gathered on standardized financial aid forms, colleges may still act upon this information very differently. Many schools engage in a practice known as “gapping.” This …

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The Big Talk: Money and College

Parents:  Have you talked with your teenagers about how much you are willing and able to pay for college?  I know talking about money makes a lot of families really uncomfortable, but I’m going to suggest strongly that if your student is in high school and you haven’t yet had that particular conversation, now is …

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Student Loan Forgiveness for Public Employees

Students planning future careers in public service should research and understand federal loan forgiveness policies for public service employees. These policies are designed to encourage students to consider careers in public service. Students with high student loan debt may otherwise feel they do not have the option to enter lower paying job fields. The Basics …

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Coca-Cola Scholars Program

Exceptional homeschoolers will want to investigate the major scholarships offered through  the Coca-Cola Scholars Program. This is a competitive and prestigious scholarship award. According to the scholarship website these scholarships seek to “reward leadership and excellence as exemplified through academic achievement and extracurricular activities, including commitment to community service.” The Coca-Cola Scholars Program provides more …

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