Financial Aid Displacement: What Families and Scholarship Providers Should Know

Students and their families are often surprised to realize some colleges reduce their financial aid packages when the student earns private scholarship dollars—a practice called financial aid displacement or award displacement. Colleges that practice displacement say it helps free up more funds for more students; students and families say it unfairly punishes those making the effort to […]

Mentoring Matters: Here’s How You Can Help Students Benefit

Financial support alone is not enough to get students through school.  This is nothing new; research has proven time and time again that often more barriers emerge once a student has started to pursue their education, even if they have adequate financial aid to pay tuition. Food insecurity and homelessness are common struggles, and simply […]

Myth vs. Fact: Scholarships for Veterans, Adults Returning to School and More

If you’re applying for scholarships—or if you’re guiding students, managing awards or helping a family member—you know we’ve hit the busiest part of the financial aid calendar. Many state FAFSA deadlines are approaching; colleges are beginning to put together aid packages for current and potential students; scholarship application deadlines come and go nearly every day. […]

The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act: How Will Tax Reform Impact Education?

The sweeping tax-related legislation passed at the close of 2017 will have far-reaching impacts throughout the American economy—including in the higher education sector. Now that the dust is starting to settle, here’s our look at what students, families, institutions and education supporters can expect in the near future.

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Meet Umesh Bhandari: 2017 Dream Award Recipient

Life started out rough for Umesh Bhandari, who spent most of his early years in a refugee camp in Nepal waiting for his family’s opportunity to build their life in America. It was a helpless time, as there was no way for his parents to earn their living, and they relied solely upon government support. […]

URGENT: Urge Congress To Find a DACA Solution

Ending the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program will profoundly affect nearly 800,000 students nationwide. Unless Congress takes action, there will no longer be any federal protection for Dreamers.  Finding a permanent solution for those students is critical to their success and ability to contribute to our country.  Scholarship America, along with virtually all […]

Meet Mikayla Bridgewater: 2017 Dream Award Recipient

Mikayla Bridgewater spent her childhood moving between the homes of her aunts because her father is in prison and her mother is an alcoholic. Stability was just not something that, Mikayla was used to, but this was a common scenario for many black families in her community.  Nevertheless Mikayla found being a young African American […]

Meet Shanell Yenchik: 2017 Dream Award Recipient

After her parents’ divorce, Shanell Yenchik found herself living on the Navajo reservation in northern Arizona with her grandmother and family. While the circumstances for the move were heartbreaking, the reservation became a wonderful refuge for Shanell and her two sisters. Playing with her siblings outdoors is among her fondest memories of the reservation. However, […]

Meet Jorge Morales: 2017 Dream Award Recipient

Inside Jorge Morales’s childhood home, rain would make the corrugated aluminum roof rattle with a thunderous pounding. The house itself was made of scraps of cardboard, wooden packing crates and tin. Jorge’s dad died when he was just five years old, and his mom worked three jobs to ensure her children could have a roof […]

Tuition Assistance: The “Secret” Benefit That Boosts Employee Retention

Late last year, Forbes magazine highlighted a great idea with a big problem. The magazine looked at companies’ use of employee tuition assistance programs: a win-win benefit that helps workers further their educations, helps employers retain qualified staff and comes with significant tax benefits. On paper, tuition assistance is the perfect benefit. So what’s the issue Forbes found? In […]