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Financial Aid

Early College Graduation can Save Thousands

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Graduating early from college can have a significant positive financial savings.  Using such tactics as using AP, dual credit, and/or CLEP credits to fill core requirements as well as taking advantage of summer opportunities and online courses at local junior colleges to fulfill core requirements can eliminate thousands of dollars from the more traditional four-year graduation plan.  Students finishing in the middle of the year often have less competition in the job market because only about five to ten percent of students graduate in December, according to Inside Higher Ed. [read more]

Upcoming Scholarships

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Who says that you have to be a high school senior or a college student to enter a scholarship competition?  It is never too early to start searching.  Check out the earlier blog, SCHOLARSHIP SEARCH ENGINES AND DATABASES, to find some great search resources.  The following are a few scholarships to get you started.

Nicholas A Virgilio Memorial Haiku Competition – Submit up to three original, unpublished haikus.  Deadline:  March 25, 2013

Don’t Mess With Texas – Any high school senior planning to attend a Texas college or university next year.  Deadline:  April 12, 2013

Foot Locker – UNCF – Any high school senior or current college student attending a UNCF member institution in the fall or 2013.  Deadline:  April 24, 2013

Everyone Deserves A Second Chance At Life – Write a crime prevention essay using APA format.  Deadline:  June 30, 2013

Perspective on Student Debt

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 and  of The Atlantic  supply an interesting take on the state of student debt as well as the value of a college education.  While “the cost of college has spiked 150 percent since 1995, compared with a 50 percent increase in the cost of other goods and services” and “outstanding student loans soared to nearly $1 trillion—a 300 percent jump since 2003” is the student debt level really a national crisis?  [read more]

After the FAFSA…What Happens Next?

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Many colleges/universities post March 1 as the Priority Deadline for financial aid.  This designation usually means that the college has limited funds however they will usually be able to meet those established needs if all paperwork including the FAFSA are completed prior to the priority deadline.  Applications for aid are usually filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Federal Student Aid has put together a video to help students and parents what happens after the FAFSA has been filed.  [watch video]