Category: Scholarships and Financial Aid

National Merit Scholarship Awards

Homeschoolers who wish to earn larger merit scholarships should take the PSAT seriously. The PSAT is the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship. While the scholarships awarded by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation are fairly small, a number of colleges offer large scholarship packages to National Merit Finalists who enroll. Colleges that offer awards …

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FAFSA Tips for Homeschooling Families

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The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, the FAFSA, is the most important step to qualify for financial aid for college. This is the required form to receive federal money, such as Pell Grants, loans, and work study. Information from the FAFSA is also used by colleges to decide on grant awards and scholarships. Homeschoolers …

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Financial Aid: Independent Student Status

Some parents say they’ve figured out the way they are going to cope with college costs. Their plan is to no longer claim their child as a dependent on income taxes with the belief this means the parent income will not be considered for financial aid. If this is your plan, think again… The federal …

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Common Financial Aid Misconceptions

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Do you have accurate information about financial aid and scholarships? Relying on second hand and outdated information can be a problem.

How to Avoid Scholarship Scams

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  Every year there are families who get taken advantage of by unscrupulous services claiming  to provide special help with college scholarships. It is estimated scholarship scams cost more than $5 million annually and hundreds of thousands of students are affected. These scholarship scams have become so common, the federal government and consumer protection agencies …

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College Student Job Strategies

Most college students need to work in order to help with expenses. Working in college can encourage students to be more organized about their time. However, in this recession we are facing the highest youth unemployment rate since World War II. Employment rates are half what they were just ten years ago. For this reason, …

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Big Student Loan Mistakes

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Student loans have become a fact of life for many families facing the high cost of the college. The average college student now ends up owing around $30,100 in student loans. What many families don’t realize is that proper planning can help students avoid costly mistakes and lower the total amount of student debt. Here …

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Planning for College Costs

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College costs have increased more dramatically than the rate of inflation. When a college education for a single child can cost up to a quarter of a million dollars, paying for college is a real stretch even for many affluent families. Here’s an overview of what your homeschooling family needs to know about college costs. …

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Community Service Scholarships

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Several national scholarships are open to teen community leaders. These scholarships reward young people who have taken initiative to address problems in their communities. Students recognized have often devoted thousands of volunteer hours to serving others and raising money for charitable causes.  If your teen has a commitment to community service encourage them to investigate …

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Out of State Tuition Bargains

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If you live in a state with a strong public university system with affordable tuition, you are lucky. Many families face high tuition bills even if their children choose to attend an in-state public college. Out of state tuition can be shockingly expensive, often as expensive as a private college. For example, for the 2013-2014 …

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