September Scholarships

September, the beginning of a new school year and the beginning of the scholarship season.  If you missed applying for scholarships over the summer now is the time to get it in gear.  The following list of September deadlines are provided by College Greenlight.  Good luck!fall foilage

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Are You Career Ready?

 

Global CareersAre you ready for the 21st Century workforce?   Technological advances and global competition have transformed the nature of work.  Tomorrow’s jobs will need more knowledge, better skills, and more flexible workers than ever before.  They must be prepared to change jobs and careers several times, continually updating their knowledge and skills.  In order to compete for 21st century careers you will need to have the following skills: Continue reading

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Scholarships With August Deadlines

College scholarships2If you haven’t taken advantage of the opportunity to apply for a scholarship over the summer you still have time.  If you receive a scholarship from an outside organization, apply it to your loan balance.  All students including continuing college students should strive to find at  least $5,000.   I also post scholarships on my Facebook “Scholarshopmom”  fan page for students in middle school to graduate school .  Check it out.  The following list of scholarships  are provided courtesy of CollegeGreenlight.  Good luck. Continue reading

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Are You College Ready?

Is your student ready for college? My experience has taught me that college isn’t for everyone.   I’m sure we’ve known students who returned home from college after the first semester.   What happened?  It’s perplexing to me the number of students who want to go to college but are not really ready to succeed in college.

 

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Are You Scholarship Ready?

  

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I’m amazed at the number of students who want to apply for a scholarship but have not prepared or positioned themselves to get a scholarship. If you don’t know what a scholarship organization is asking for, how can you prepare yourself to obtain the scholarship?   Too many students are missing out on scholarship opportunities because they haven’t prepared themselves.  In order to get in the best position to obtain scholarships you need to know what scholarship organizations are looking for and get an early start. Continue reading

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Scholarships With June Deadlines

College scholarships2Yes, there are still scholarships out there for those of you looking still looking for  money for college.  It is also a good idea to check with the financial aid office of the college you plan on attending to find out the availability of  institutional scholarships. Continue reading

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Parent Plus Loans Pros and Cons

 

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Should you or should you not take out a parent plus loan?  That is the question.  Since I am all about graduating college with little or no debt, my first response is “not unless you absolutely have to” and there are no other alternatives.  I would encourage parents to research the various loans that are offered through federal and private sources early so you can fully understand the impact it will have on your family.  Too many parents wait until receipt of the award letter  and go into shock and dismay when they discover the school has included a parent loan of $30,000 or more to fill the financial gap.

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