October 19, 2012
StudentScholarshipSearch.com has recently been redesigned and relaunched. The goal of the new design is to provide better resources and tools for students in their search for scholarships and financial aid. The new site offers a “Scholarship Matcher” tool allowing students to answer a few simple questions to get a short list of relevant scholarships. Unlike other scholarship search sites wich require students to complete 3-5 pages of questions, StudentScholarshipSearch.com offers an open tool with no registration requirements.
Users are encouraged to search through custom lists of scholarships created by students, for students. I especially like their “Tips and Advice” section.
March 19, 2012
What are the best resources for students and parents when searching for scholarships? To start, you need a plan. Think about how much time you can spend on the process, how early you can start, who can help, etc. Some advice – you can never start too early or get enough help.
I can provide a few links to resources but would love to get your thoughts and suggestions.
For searching, try the Student Scholarship Search website which offers a free open directory of thousands of awards, grants and scholarships. Their new design offers tools for saving scholarships that are relevant and tips for improving your chances of qualifying. They recently published Scholarship Search Mistakes which lists the top 5 mistakes students make when searching for scholarships.
Another great site is http://www.scholarshippoints.com which gives out scholarships every month with a chance to win $10,000 every 3 months!
What are you favorite resources? Do you have any advice for the rest of us??
February 6, 2012
Remember to file your FAFSA early! You must complete the FAFSA form in order to qualify for most federal and state financial aid, including most school based financial aid programs. Check with your school to see their FAFSA Deadlines.
To file your FAFSA online, go to: http://fafsa.ed.gov
August 28, 2011
Struggling with finding the last dollar to pay that college tuition bill??? Here is a good overview of the challenges and some options to manage them…
It is no secret that college is expensive and tuition costs are continuing to rise. We put together the infographic below to examine the costs associated with a college education, including the hidden costs you may not be factoring in like health fees, gas money, entertainment and all the Red Bull you’ll consume during finals. The graphic also outlines how funding occurs and how students can fill the gaps left in paying for college. Feel free to share with your fellow students, friends and family!
April 26, 2010
Getting a loan rejection letter can be very disheartening and exhausting after the work you put into helping your child(ren) pay for their education. However, there are still ways to gain more financial aid through what is called an “appeal” process.
Most schools have these in place and you can get the specific details through their financial aid department. The most common way this process is handled is by sending in proof of income and a formal letter stating exactly where your finances are at, and why you or your child needs more money for school. It is best to do this process as early as possible because as the months move forward toward the beginning of the academic year, the financial aid pie is allocated to students on a first-come basis. Read the rest of this entry »
March 5, 2010
Attention parents! Today marks March 5, and school financial aid deadlines are here, or very close. The majority of schools require all paperwork to be in during this month in order to fairly distribute financial aid and have plenty of time to assemble students’ award packages.
So, what can you do to make sure it all goes smoothly?
1. Make sure your taxes are filed.
This may be a “what?” moment if you are new to the FAFSA process and/or this blog, but in order for your child or ward to file their FAFSA, they need information from you. Specifically, they need your Annual Gross Income figure from your 1040 or 1040EZ form.
If you are the type to hold off on filing taxes until April’s cutoff date, you are putting the student in a diminished position to get the maximum amount of aid possible for the upcoming school year. If you absolutely must hold off, have them file with the previous year’s numbers and then submit an amended FAFSA as soon as your taxes are complete. You can find all the relevant forms and processes on FAFSAOnline.com.
2. Gently, but firmly remind your child.
Nobody likes paperwork. However, if you and your family need aid money from the government or school to pay for your child’s education, you can’t afford to let the FAFSA sit on the back burner. If necessary, you should put a day on your calendar (in the very near future) to sit down with them and help them complete it; this will ensure it gets done, and is filled out correctly.
If you need any advice, or would like to know more about how the FAFSA works, check out the FAFSAOnline.com blog for lots of relevant and interesting posts.