5 More Tips for Stretching Your College Dollars

In my last post I give you five great tips for stretching your college dollars. Here’s 5 more where that came from: Transfer from a cheaper college to the institution of your choice. I know you will lose credibility if the medical degree hanging on your wall comes from Ethyl’s Backyard University, but it can…

5 Tips for Stretching Your College Dollars

Whether you’re working your way through school, or paying for everything with scholarship award money, you’ll want to make every dollar count. College tuition is expensive, any way you look at it, but there are tricks to getting more bang for your buck in the world of higher education. Here are ten ideas you can…

Put on a Happy Face(book): The Social Media Alert!

After (or even before) you mail out that first scholarship application, you should set aside an hour or so to investigate and (if necessary) clean-up your online presence. Take note of how many times throughout this book I advise you to research the scholarship organization to learn more about them? There’s a good chance that…

The Follow-Up Follow-Up Follow-Up

So you’ve sent off you scholarship applications, you’ve created and updated your Scholarship Follow-Up File, and you’ve followed up with a (preferably phone) conversation to make sure they’ve received your application (and you’ve made a good impression). Here’s one final following-up suggestion: A week or two after the deadline for submitting scholarship applications has passed…

The Follow-Up Follow-Up

In my last post, The Scholarship Follow-Up File, I strongly encouraged you to follow up with the organization about a week after you send in your scholarship application. Which communication medium should you use to inquire about the safe delivery of your scholarship application: telephone or e-mail? As quick and easy as it is to…

The Scholarship Follow-Up File

So, you’ve finally submitted your application for a college scholarship, and now you’re done, right? You can delete all those files from your computer, throw away all that paperwork and go back to binging on Netflix? Wait! You should always save complete copies of every scholarship application that you submit. You will need these records…

Thanking Your Recommenders (Plus a Free Sample!)

Your recommenders have done you a big favor, and they deserve to be rewarded! I’m sure you’ve already verbally thanked them again and again, but how about something more tangible? If you win a gigantic scholarship with their help, you darn well better take them all out for a nice dinner! But in less extreme…

Reuse/Recycle

It’s not over just because you’ve got a few letters of recommendation clutched triumphantly in your sweaty palm. (Hey, don’t wrinkle them!) You’ll need more recommendations throughout your immediate life—and lots of them—so here’s my first big tip to ensure your smooth sailing in the future. Before your journey is complete, you may have applied…

Working With Your Recommenders, Part Two

In my last post, I offered you three tips on how to go about making the whole letters-of-recommendation-process happen, including putting together an information packet for your letter writers. And sometimes (not always), you can even go the next step and… 4. Write it for Them I’m sure you’ve seen those political ads on TV…

Working With Your Recommenders

You’ve decided who to ask about writing your letters of recommendation, but how do you go about making it all happen? Start out by approaching each person with an air of humble gratitude and a flattering eagerness to be represented by the best. If someone you’ve selected says, “I’m sorry, but I’m too busy,” or…

Hedge Your Bets

It’s a little while, now, since I’ve posted about how to get the best letters of recommendation. You might remember some tips I dished out a few months ago, like Don’t Ask Your Dog, choose people who honestly know a few nice things about you, and consider some “extra” qualities that make a good recommender….

Get Lucky (But Don’t Count On It!)

Unless you were raised by gorillas in the African Congo, you’ve probably seen, entered, and NOT won dozens of billion-dollar sweepstakes by now. Good thing, too, because if you weren’t 18 years old when you entered the contest, the prize would have been immediately yanked out of your hands. But guess what? When you are…