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You don't need scholarships, or do you?

Myth: I Don’t Need to Look for Scholarships, My College Will Provide Financial Aid

You may think that because your college provides financial aid, you don’t need to search for scholarships. After all, wouldn’t your financial aid cover all your college costs? Well, that’s actually not true and you definitely want to find some scholarships. When it comes to scholarships, there are three major sources: the federal government, the …
A lot of students apply to scholarships, increasing the scholarship competition

Myth: Scholarship Competition Is So Intense I’ll Never Win Anything

It’s hardly surprising that there is competition for scholarships. If you prioritize your financial aid, it is free money after all! A lot of students apply for scholarships to fund their college costs. Unfortunately the thought of competing with hundreds of other applicants acts as a deterrent to many students who decide it just not …
You may think that scholarships are only for minority students but it's not

Myth: Scholarships Are Just For Minority Students

As you move through high school and get closer to college, it’s time to start applying for scholarships. There’s a common thought among high school seniors and juniors that scholarships are only for minority students. If you limit your search, that may seem the case, but it’s far from the truth. When You Only Skim …
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Myth: Applying To Scholarships Is A One-Time Thing

There are countless scholarships out there and each one has its own unique qualifying criteria and guidelines. Some scholarships offer one-off awards, while others may be recurring, provided that you meet the renewal requirements. However, the one thing in common among all scholarship opportunities is that you are not limited to applying only for your …
Don't borrow as much as you can in student loans

Myth: I Should Borrow As Much As I Can In Student Loans

Considering how expensive college is nowadays, it makes sense that people would believe they need to take as much out in student loans as possible to cover the cost of tuition. This, however, is the exact opposite of what you should do. Student Loan Repayment and Interest You must keep in mind that when you …
Do you have to file your taxes before filing the FAFSA

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 …
It's a myth that good grades get financial aid

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 …
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Myth: You Only Have to Submit the FAFSA Once

You hear it over and over your senior year of high school: You have to submit your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)! However, even though you may not hear about it much during college, don’t think the FAFSA is a “one and done” type deal that you only have to fill out before …