Morgan Staub

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financial advice & planning

Different Types of College Saving Plans

There are very few things that are certain in life, but here’s one to keep in mind: paying for college, almost without exception, is complicated. Whether you’re taking out student loans, participating in a work study program, receiving scholarship funds, or using money from a savings plan, you’ll have to fill out a lot of …
College visit worksheet
college search

How To Create a College Visit Worksheet

You’re getting ready to graduate high school and go off to college. That means you’ll be heading into a new and unfamiliar time in your life, full of uncertainty and upheaval. The best possible way to deal with the inevitable chaos of the college application process is to control what you can. As someone who …
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scholarships

Scholarships for Physics Majors

You’ve probably heard an oft-repeated comment on society that says something to this effect: while we know the names of celebrities and socialites, few people can name a scientist or engineer, even though these people are vital to our communities. While it’s true that a career in science isn’t as inherently glamorous as others may …
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Scholarships for Students Interested In Acting

The great Meryl Streep, considered by many to be one of the best actresses of all time, once said of her profession: “Acting is not about being someone different. It’s finding the similarity in what is apparently different, then finding myself in there.” This gets at a key point for those who choose to pursue …
Do you have to file your taxes before filing the FAFSA
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Myth: I Have To File My Taxes Before Filing The FAFSA

Before you file your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), you’ll have to untangle some of the more complex financial aspects of the process. You’re asking yourself a ton of questions. Things you thought you wouldn’t have to worry about until after you graduated. What’s a dependent? What is my estimated family contribution? What …
Winning a scholarship isn't easy
scholarship search & applications

The Three Best Tips for Winning a Scholarship

According to statistics from the 2014-2015 educational year, over half of all college students took advantage of either a grant or a scholarship. Perhaps more interestingly, in that same time-frame, nearly $3 billion in scholarship money was left on the table by students. The reasons for this are complex and can’t be easily discerned, but …
It's a myth that good grades get financial aid
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Myth: Only Students With Good Grades Get Financial Aid

As senior year goes by and the reality of college gets closer, financial aid might be on your mind. College is expensive, and financial aid is the best way of paying for a higher education. But what if your grades aren’t so stellar? Do only students with good grades get financial aid? Do only students …
You're bound to have questions about the FAFSA. Here's FAQs about the FAFSA
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FAQs about the FAFSA

It’s that time of year again! The 2018-19 FAFSA form recently was released for application. Students and parents nationwide are poring over every line of the form. Of course, you’ll have questions, especially with how complex the form is. Here’s a quick beginner’s guide to the FAFSA, answering some of the most FAQs about the …