Tag: merit-based aid

Can I get financial aid or scholarships to help pay my pre-college program tuition?

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Yes, there are a number of ways to get financial aid and/or scholarships to help cover the cost of attending a pre-college program. read more

Navigating the US Financial Aid Process as an International Student

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International Admissions Coordinator, Undergraduate Admissions, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Universities in the United States offer several types of aid, and it is important to understand your options to make an informed decision. read more

Socioeconomic Diversity on College Campuses

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Broadcast Journalism Major, Boston University

Going to college often means meeting people from different socioeconomic backgrounds. Of course, money can be, and probably always will be, a touchy subject. There are just a few things students need to keep in mind when thinking about socioeconomic diversity. read more

What is your process for helping students find financial aid?

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I offer basic financial aid advice and point the family in the direction of colleges who are notoriously generous with merit aid. In addition, I give the family a report that shows which scholarships the student might be eligible for at the colleges to which he or she is applying. read more

How do I start the financial aid application process?

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Going to college is expensive, no matter where you go. While you are in high school, look at all the possibilities for financial aid, and begin your search early. There are countless ways to do this, but your guidance office is a good starting point. read more

I don't think I'll be eligible for any financial aid; should I apply anyway?

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Some students don't apply because they think their parents make too much money, but it's impossible to say what income is too high. We had a student whose family made well over $80,000 a year, and the student qualified for everything. read more

How to Apply for Scholarships

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Think applying for scholarships is a waste of time? Think again! We'll help you navigate through the scholarship application process. read more

Types of College Financial Aid

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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

Financial Aid at Public Colleges and Universities: Funding Your Future

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Assistant Vice President for International Enrollment Management, State University of New York, Plattsburgh

Nowhere else on Earth will you find a public university system like the one in the United States. It's big, accessible, comprehensive, and pretty inexpensive too, especially if you stay "in state." But as affordable as public schools can be, you and your family may not be able to cover all the costs. Don't worry--you're not alone. read more

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

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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