Financial Aid Horror Stories: Don't Make These Scary College Money Mistakes!

Freelance Writer

If you don't pay close attention to the financial aid process, you can lose out on college dollars--and that can make anyone scream. read more

How do I find scholarships?

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Set aside a designated time each week to search out and apply for scholarships. Don't limit yourself to just online scholarship websites. Contact local and national businesses, corporations, and organizations directly to inquire about any they may offer. read more

Keys to Unlocking Financial Aid as a Transfer

Assistant Director of Admission, Capital University

Whatever your reason for transferring, there are steps you can take to ensure your transition is a smooth one--and that you get the most financial aid possible. read more

The Top Four Objections to Scholarships

Founder, Thousand Dollar Hour

People freak out when I tell them they should apply for scholarships. Why would you hate on something so awesome--and more accessible than you realize? read more

Financial Aid in a Changing World


With the economy gaining some steam but still not up to speed, it's no wonder that many high school students and their families are worried about how they are going to pay for college. It's also no secret that the price tag for attendance at most colleges continues to rise. However, while you need to recognize the stark reality, all is not gloom and doom. read more

Who can help me complete my financial aid forms?


Applying for college financial aid can be complicated, but here's a suggestion that is so simple you might actually overlook it. If you and your family need help completing the forms, ask for it. read more

Financial Aid Application Mistakes Can Cost You

Senior Vice President for Enrollment Services, Union University

The financial aid application process can get a little hairy--there are a number of forms involved, multiple deadlines to meet, and important details to include. It's easy for little mistakes to occur, and those errors can sometimes be quite costly, in the most literal sense of the word! read more

I'm a financially independent student; how will this affect my financial aid?


Having your own apartment and/or car does not necessarily make you financially independent for financial aid purposes. read more

Types of College Financial Aid


How your financial need is met is as important as how much of it is met. Consider final out-of-pocket costs rather than total offered. read more

Can I get scholarships or merit awards as a transfer student?


Merit-based scholarships, including Phi Theta Kappa awards, are sometimes offered to incoming transfer students based on strong academic credentials. Check the websites of the colleges you're considering to see their policies on scholarships. read more