College Decision Time: What You Need to Know to Make an Informed Decision

May 1st seems like a long way off, but it’s creeping up faster than you think.  For those who are applying to college, it’s also a day you’ve probably marked on calendars: at most colleges and universities, May 1 is the deadline to confirm or decline your attendance. Choosing a postsecondary institution and study program […]

2017 Joe Lieberman Connecticut Scholarship Fund Open for Student Applications through April 1

MINNEAPOLIS (Feb. 3, 2017) – Scholarship America announced today that the Joe Lieberman Connecticut Scholarship Fund, which assists outstanding high school seniors from Connecticut who plan to pursue postsecondary education, is now open for its fourth year of student applications. Each recipient is awarded a $1,500 scholarship, renewable for up to three additional years or until a bachelor’s degree is earned. […]

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The First Lady Wants to Help YOU Go to College

Right now, you should text “COLLEGE” to 44044. Here’s why. Fall is coming, and if you’re a senior in high school, you’re probably starting to wonder how you’ll navigate the crazy maze of application deadlines and financial aid forms when it’s time to apply to college. First Lady Michelle Obama has launched a totally free […]

Three Standardized Tests You May Not Know

Update, August 2016: Before the school year starts, make sure you know about these standardized test options beyond the ACT and SAT! Read on to learn about the CLEP, TOEFL and ASVAB — and how they may be able to save students time and money. For college-bound students, applications include lots of different pieces: letters […]

Five Crucial Cost Calculators for Families

Update, July 2016: Whether you’re a high schooler, a college student or a parent, summer break is the perfect time to explore these college cost calculators. They can help you avoid sticker shock on everything from your Expected Family Contribution to your future loan repayments! There’s nothing easy about getting into college. As early as […]

5 Things First-Generation Parents Should Know About College

Update, June 2016: As the school year comes to an end and summer kicks off, first-generation college students and their parents are facing an exciting, uncertain future in the fall. Here are a few things families should know about the transition when their child leaves for the first time. For parents of first-generation college students, […]

Parents, Help Your Student Get Ready for Standardized Tests

Update, May 2016: The next deadlines to register for 2016 exams are May 11 (SAT) and May 6 (ACT). And, since The College Board rolled out a new SAT two months ago, be sure to get the most up-to-date resources and pricing at the links below. Finally, ACT and Kaplan announced a live teaching prep […]

Five Financial Literacy Month Tools for College Students

April is Financial Literacy Month — but, for college students and families on tight budgets, learning how to manage money is really a year-round priority. This month, if you’re a student, a parent or an advisor, we urge you to take some time out of your springtime schedule and get educated on budgeting, credit and […]

The FAFSA is Just the Beginning: Tips on the SAR and Unmet Need

Update, March 2016: If you or a family member are attending college in 2016-17, take a few minutes to review what you can expect after your FAFSA is filed. Planning ahead for 2017-18? Don’t forget that your FAFSA will be available this October instead of next January! It’s prime time for FAFSA completion, and that […]

Early FAFSA and “Prior-Prior Year”: Here’s What Families Need To Know

If you or someone in your household are preparing for college, you’ve probably heard that there are major changes coming to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in 2017-18. Those changes — which are referred to by the terms “early FAFSA” and “prior-prior year” — will significantly alter the schedule for filling out […]