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scholarship search & applications

Am I Too Late to Apply To Scholarships?

Whether you’ve just graduated high school or you’re a sophomore in college, you may be asking yourself: “Am I too late to apply to scholarships?” The short answer is, “No, you’re not.” The long answer is, “It depends on the specific award.” Here’s what you need to know though about scholarships as you go through …
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questions & answers

Is Student Loan Forbearance Right For Me?

Forbearance is an option that allows borrowers to postpone loan payments while they’re in school. What’s important to know is that interest does not stop accruing during the time. This accrued interest increases the cost of the loan considerably. However, delaying paying off your student loans can also help you focus on finding a job …
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financial advice & planning

What Are Tuition Payment Plans?

Tuition payment plans allows students to split their total tuition payment into equal monthly installments. This makes it easier for families to manage college expenses without breaking the bank. Some colleges may call it a tuition installment plan or deferred payment plan. This is different from a standard plan where the full tuition is spread …
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student loans

Student Loans Cost More Than Just The Principal Balance

Everybody knows that student loans are not free money – they come at a price. Unfortunately, many students underestimate exactly what that price is. There are interest and fees and sometimes even penalties. All in all, student loans cost more than just the principal balance. Let’s break it down.  The True Cost of Student Loans …
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financial aid

Is There College Financial Aid For Homeschooled Students?

Financial aid helps students pay for higher education. That includes students who studied at home. Homeschooling has come a long way since a few years ago in terms of college admissions as well as financial aid. Today, colleges welcome homeschool students as long as they meet the school’s eligibility criteria. As for financial aid for …
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scholarship search & applications

What Can I Use Scholarship Money For?

A scholarship is a free monetary award given to students who meet the funding organizations requirements. Some scholarships are awarded for academic achievements, others for athletic or extracurricular accomplishments. Still others may be awarded for students from a certain demographic or those who demonstrate financial need. But you may ask yourself: what can I use …
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scholarship search & applications

How to Get the Most Scholarship Money

Scholarships can provide much needed money when it comes to paying for your college tuition and other expenses. There are a lot of scholarships out there, for varying amounts ranging anywhere from $100 to full rides. So how can you get the most scholarship money? First, Develop a Schedule To get the most scholarship money …
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questions & answers

What is an Enrollment Deposit?

When you receive your acceptance letters from colleges, you will generally have to submit your answer on whether or not you’re attending by May 1st. Some schools will also ask for an “enrollment deposit.” Here’s what that means, how much it may cost, and why you may want to delay your answer. What is an …
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Are There Transfer Scholarships for Community College Students?

Often, students who attend community college decide they want to continue their education at a four year college or university after they’ve received their Associate degree. While you can still apply for FAFSA and may be eligible for some grants, you may be wondering if there are scholarships available to you. The short answer is: …
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student loans

What’s The Difference Between Preapproved And Prequalified For Student Loans?

‘Preapproved’ and ‘prequalified’ are sometimes used interchangeably when discussing student loans. That’s not right however. The only similarity between the two is that they are both parts of the student loan process. Other than that, both of these terms are completely different. What Is Prequalification? Prequalification is basically an estimate of how much you may …