When applying for scholarships, don’t make this mistake!

mistakeMany students begin the scholarship applying process with hopeful hearts and positive attitudes only to realize just how much works goes into completing scholarship applications.

Here’s the deal, the scholarship committees want to weed out those that are just looking for free money without putting in the work. Scholarship applying is not about getting a free ride but rather is a time for you to showcase your grades, extracurricular activities, character, community involvement, financial need, and desire to pursue higher education. Often in an attempt to cut down on how many scholarship applications a student will apply for, students decide to apply for high dollar scholarships. You would think this would work well but it actually back fires. Here’s how…the competition for high dollar scholarships typically is pretty steep. So, where there may only be two $10,000 scholarships available, there might be one hundred $200 scholarships available.

One smart way to get awarded scholarship money is to apply for several low dollar scholarships. Your chances are better and those scholarships begin to add up! Your time might be better invested. If there is a high dollar scholarship that you know has your name written all over it, then by all means, apply for it!! But, if you are on the fence about applying and want to make the most out of your time, then definitely apply for many of the low dollar scholarships ($50-$500).

We are proud of you! Keep pushing! It will be worth it in the end!

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What is FAFSA?

fafsaFAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Most scholarships require you to complete a FAFSA in order to get your scholarship awards.

So here’s the deal on FAFSA. First, you will need your (or your parent’s) most current tax return information. When you apply for FAFSA, a pin number will be given to you. This is IMPORTANT…keep your FAFSA pin number in a very safe place and one that you can easily get to for future uses. Losing your FAFSA pin number is a pain so do yourself a favor (even if you are not an organized person) and put the pin number in a place where you can access it in the future. Continue reading

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No Money For College?

“We started saving too late and mija doesn’t have enough money for college.”

Have you ever heard this or said it?

Money For College StudentsFor families trying to send their students to college for the first time, this is a common dilemma. Often sadness exists at beginning to save too late or seeing all the hard work students have done in order to get good grades and there just is no financial support to see them off to college.

But, there is GOOD NEWS!!

It is a very fixable problem for any family or student. There is an abundance (hear me again, an ABUNDANCE) of money that does not get used every year because not enough students apply for scholarships! Don’t let that be you or your family member! It does take some time, energy, and effort. Continue reading

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