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What Is Financial Aid?

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College fees can be shockingly expensive. High school seniors may feel overwhelmed by all the cost talk. Fortunately, there is some good news. Asking yourself “what is financial aid?” Let’s break it down. What is Financial Aid? There are several forms of financial aid to help cover the cost. The five main types of financial …

What are the Graduating Latin Honors for College Students?

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Graduating with Latin honors is an indication of academic achievement beyond completion of the basic requirements for earning a college degree. There are three levels of graduating honors – Cum laude, Magna cum laude, and Summa cum laude. Types of Graduating Latin Honors & Minimum Requirements for Each The exact requirements for each honor level …

Can You Earn Scholarships Without The FAFSA?

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The short answer is technically yes, you can earn scholarships without the FAFSA. However, this does not answer the question fully. Here are a few things you should know about the relationship between FAFSA and scholarships. And more importantly, why we strongly recommend filling out the FAFSA if you’re applying to college or are already …

20 Creative College Essay Topics

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The essay is an important component of your college application. This is your opportunity to show the admissions committee that part of your personality that cannot be discerned from your transcripts and grades. The key to being able to do this successfully is in choosing the right topic for your college essay. Here are 20 …

How Does FAFSA Dependency Work?

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Filling out the FAFSA is the first step to getting financial aid for college. This is not an easy form to fill out but it’s absolutely crucial that you do it. Without the FAFSA you may lose out on certain types of financial aid. One of the more complex questions on this application is related …

Who Can Apply For Scholarships?

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Any student can apply for scholarships. When it comes to scholarships, the only requirement is that applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for that particular program. Thousands of organizations offer awards throughout the year. Each of these has its own eligibility criteria. If you take the time to research opportunities, you’re almost certain to find …

What is the Early Action Deadline?

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As you start shortlisting colleges to apply to, you’ll see that many colleges offer the option of early action. You must take time to understand what ‘early action’ means, and how it affects you. This will help you make a more informed decision about whether or not it’s right for you. The Basics of Early …

College Raptor Chosen for Small Business of the Month Award

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Written by America’s SBDC Iowa AMES, Iowa – America’s SBDC Iowa (SBDC) is pleased to announce that College Raptor, of Iowa City, is the winner of the organization’s statewide October Small Business of the Month Award. College Raptor and SBDC In 2015, William Staib launched College Raptor, an online tool that helps families find the …

What You Need To Know About the FAFSA Renewal Process

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Filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is vital to qualify for low-cost financial aid towards college. You won’t be eligible for federal or state financial aid without filing this application. Many scholarships and grants also require recipients to have filed the FAFSA. The information on the form determines your eligibility for …