October 19, 2012

Search for Scholarships with New Search Engine

Posted in Grants, Scholarships, The Financial Aid Process, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , at 1:11 PM by Joe From Boston

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.

January 27, 2011

Five websites to help pay for college

Posted in Parent PLUS Loans, Private Loans, Stafford Loans, Student Loan News, The Financial Aid Process, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , at 9:35 AM by plusloans

Here is a list of 5 useful websites from Edvisors that will help you pay for college:

1) http://www.StudentScholarshipSearch.com – Offers a free open directory of scholarships for college.

2) http://www.ScholarshipSearch.com – A college student membership rewards program; join, earn points, win free scholarships!

3) http://www.StudentLoanNetwork.com – Everything you need to know about student loans and a great overview of financial aid in general.

4) http://www.FinancialAidNews.com – Daily news updates on financial aid, scholarships and paying for college.

5) http://www.FinancialAidForum.com – A financial aid discussion board discussing all things relating to paying for college.

December 22, 2009

Use Christmas to teach your children about budgeting

Posted in Uncategorized at 3:49 PM by plusloans

This morning I read an interesting article on CNNmoney.com about using Christmas as an opportunity to teach children about budgeting. In my opinion, budgeting is a skill that far too many kids go to college without.

Many children off all ages believe that Christmas is a time to get everything and anything they want. However, it is important to instill the concept of limits in them. Children should know that their parents do not have an unlimited amount of money and they will probably not get everything on their Christmas. Teach them how to prioritize what they really want.

You can also teach your kids how to budget their money when buying gifts for others. Teach them to set aside an ultimate amount of money they can spend and divide it among the people they want to buy for.

Hopefully after years of Christmas budgeting they will take the lessons of moderation with them to college and into their adult life.