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What Is “Gapping” In College Admissions?

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Gapping is associated with a student’s financial aid award. A gap is when the college offers a financial aid award that does not meet a student’s full financial need. Typically, the balance you get after subtracting your Estimated Family Contribution or EFC from the total cost of attendance for a specific college is considered as …

Scholarships vs Grants: The Similarities And Differences

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There’s no doubt that scholarships and grants are the best way for paying a college education. You often hear the two lumped together when reading or talking about financial aid—but how exactly are they different? How are they alike? Here’s our comparison of scholarships vs. grants. How Scholarships And Grants Are Similar Grants and scholarships …

Use Summertime to Search for Financial Aid Opportunities

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Summer is a great time to relax, catch up on your reading list, play a few video games, or take on a part-time job. Before college starts up again though, you may want to consider using some of your summer to expand your search for financial aid opportunities. Here are a few things you should be …

How To Find A Relevant Work-Study Program

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Federal work-study programs help students with financial need earn money that can be used towards their college education. These work-study programs offer undergrad and grad students part-time jobs while they are attending college. The program tries as much as possible to offer students work that is related to the program that they are enrolled in. …

A Breakdown Of The Student Aid Report

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The SAR or Student Aid Report is a detailed document full of abbreviations and numbers. Making sense of it all can be challenging, especially for those who are seeing one for the first time. This short breakdown aims to simplify this document so you can better understand the SAR. EFC EFC stands for Estimated Family …

What Is Your Student Aid Report Telling You?

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The SAR or Student Aid Report is a document you will receive after you have submitted your FAFSA application. This document is based on your answers to the questions on the FAFSA and includes information regarding the type and amount of financial aid that is available to you from the federal government and the schools …

Why You Should Consider NOT Taking Your Full Student Loan Award

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For many students, being awarded financial aid from a school can be a lifesaver. College, as everyone knows, is very, very expensive, and any extra penny helps make it more affordable. However, some decide to forego their full financial award and pay more out of pocket. This may seem ridiculous on the surface, but there …

What To Do After Receiving The SAR

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Your SAR, or Student Aid Report, is compiled based on the information you provided on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA form. If you included your email address while filling the form, you will receive your SAR by email a few days after your application is processed. If you did not include …

3 Very Helpful FAFSA Tips

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Filling out the FAFSA form is one of the best things you can do when you are looking for financial assistance for your college education. Unfortunately, every year, students keep making the same mistakes, which results in them losing out on money that they could have had access to. These tips will help you maximize …
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