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College Myth: Only Students with a 4.0 GPA Get Scholarships

Only students with a 4.0 GPA get scholarships right? Wrong. You can have B's and still get plenty of scholarships myths
There is such a heavy emphasis placed on good grades and a high GPA–and for good reason, of course. GPAs can determine anything from college admissions to selective schools to qualify for scholarships or grants. What happens if you’ve got a few B’s thrown in there with the other A’s? Or what if you have …
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College Myth: Most Colleges Are Way Out of My Price Range

Charts showing that more than 50% of college students receive some form of gift aid, including federal and institutional grants and scholarships, to make college more in your price range myths
If you’ve just started your college search, you may be shocked to discover that the cost of attendance at your dream school is tens of thousands of dollars per year outside of your price range. How does anyone afford college at this price? Very few students pay the sticker price to attend college Nearly all …
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College Myth: Financial Aid is Only for Poor Students

Charts showing that more than 50% of college students receive some form of gift aid, including federal and institutional grants and scholarships, to make college more in your price range myths
Many students from middle class and upper middle class families assume they won’t receive any need-based financial aid. This isn’t necessarily the case. Need-based financial aid Colleges and the government decide how much need-based financial aid you’re eligible for by subtracting your expected family contribution (EFC) from your college’s cost of attendance. If there’s a …
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College Myth: I Don’t Need to Fill Out the FAFSA; I Won’t Get Financial Aid

If you think you won't get financial aid, you're wrong myths
There are students who think they’re won’t get financial aid from the federal government. Therefore, they sometimes don’t see the point in filing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). However, these students don’t realize that they may be missing out on grants and scholarships from their college. They’re even missing out on low-interest …
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College Myth: College is for Rich Kids

Chart showing the distribution of student loan debt by what percentage of students have what amount of debt at graduation. College is for rich kids -- not. myths
You’ve probably heard horror stories about students who pay $60,000 plus every year to attend college. If you’re an average middle-class college hopeful, this can be disheartening. It seems like college is for rich kids only, and not as accessible to other students. The good news is that the most-often quoted price–the sticker price–is paid …
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College Myth: I Could Never Afford to Pay for an Ivy League College

Students think that they can never afford an Ivy League college, but they actually can myths
Most students who consider attending an Ivy League college, like Harvard and Stanford, think of them as dream schools. Even some well-qualified students shy away from applying. They think they could never afford an Ivy League college. The good news is that, for most students, Ivy League colleges and other elite, selective universities are often actually …
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