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One option to save for college is a 529 savings plan
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What is a 529 Savings Plan?

With tuition costs at an all-time high, students have sought ways to ease the college experience into their budgets, balancing their wallets and their future plans—though college is oftentimes more in your price range and affordable than you might think, it’s still important to have a financial plan in place. The majority of students have to …
You can apply for scholarships at any time during your academic career
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When Should I Apply for Scholarships?

A common myth is that only high school seniors apply for scholarships, typically during their fall semester. However, not only are scholarships available to freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors—both in college AND high school—scholarships are offered year round. Now, of course, certain scholarships have their applications and deadlines at certain points of the year—but not …
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What’s the Difference Between a Full-Ride and a Full-Tuition Scholarship?

They both sound pretty good, right? Oftentimes students use full-ride and full-tuition interchangeably. Thus, their definitions have gotten a little muddled over the years. Let’s start with the more commonly known of the two: the full-ride scholarship. Full-Ride A full-ride scholarship is an award that covers the entire cost of college. That includes tuition, room …
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What Exactly is a Full-Ride College Scholarship? Should I Bother Applying?

Many students dream of receiving a full-ride scholarship in order to pay for their college education. In essence, a full-ride scholarship is an award that fully pays for a student’s time at college—including tuition, room and board, other fees, books and materials, and sometimes even living expenses and study abroad costs. A full-ride scholarship seems …
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How Many College Students Receive Financial Aid?

When students leave their homes and go off to college, there are enough things at play without having to worry about personal financial trouble. In response to the growing number of students who are unable to pay their tuition in full without some sort of assistance, the number of financial aid grants has grown. Thus, …
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How Many Scholarships Should I Apply For?

Your parents will likely tell you to look for scholarships, find some, and then keep looking. It could be that your school will offer enough aid that you don’t need more scholarships, but for many students that is not the case. In that scenario, how many scholarships do you apply for? What kinds of scholarships …
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What is the National Merit Scholarship?

The National Merit Scholarship is a competition that takes place in the United States every year, since 1955. Students compete for scholarships given by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), an organization based in Evanston, Illinois. After passing some requirements, competitors have to submit an essay and a list of achievements. That includes extracurricular awards …
A Federal work study program is a way for students, like the ones pictured, to get more aid by working for the college.
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What is a Federal Work Study Program?

What is federal work study? A Federal Work Study (FWS) requires the student to work part-time while enrolled in school. FWS is a form of federal aid. In this scenario, students gain work experience and fund their education while doing so. The school’s financial aid office administers the work, so long as they are participating …
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What is an Offer Letter?

You did it! You worked hard and a college of your choice accepted you. Congratulations, that’s an accomplishment. Now the question is, can you afford it? That’s where the offer letter comes in. Short answer: an offer letter tells you where all the money to pay for college is coming from (minus private student loans). …