More “Free” Money for College 4: Attend a Tuition-Free School

Maybe it’s not “free” money, but “free” college is just as good! There are a handful of colleges that don’t any cost money to attend if you have one of the following qualities: You are financially needy. You want to work in the college’s field of specialty. You are willing to work 15–20 hours a…

More “Free” Money for College 3: Americorps Volunteer Service

AmeriCorps offers you an opportunity to join one of their many community service programs throughout the United States. As a full or part-time member of the AmeriCorps network, you will earn a set amount of money to be used for college tuition or loan repayment. Here is an excerpt from their website: After successfully completing…

More “Free” Money for College 2: Military Service

Just because I get sick to my stomach at the thought of waking up at 5 a.m. to run an obstacle course, doesn’t mean that the military isn’t a good option for YOU. There are many benefits that can be gained from enlisting in a branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, like job training, free…

More “Free” Money for College 1: Financial Aid

Scholarships may be my favorite route to a free trip to college, but they are not the ONLY way! Our nation places a high value on the education of its citizens, and although tuition is expensive, plenty of opportunities are offered for those who are dedicated to obtaining a degree. In the first of a…

Never Enough Money: Ionnie‘s Scholarship Story

If there was one thing that Ionnie McNeill learned a lot about while growing up, it was money. When Ionnie was only seven years old, her mother began sharing the world of finance with her young daughter through investment meetings and finance clubs for kids. “I was exposed to investing so early on that I…

Easy Ways to Personalize Your Application

In a previous post, I offered a list of Ten Tips for Submitting Amazing Application Packets (actually two previous posts, Part One and Part Two). One more important thing to bear in mind is that it can sometimes be difficult to put your own personal stamp on your college scholarship application — aside from your…

What Recommends a Recommender?

In my post Who Knows (the Best) You, I strongly suggested that, when you’re deciding who to ask to write you a letter of recommendation, you choose people who honestly know a few nice things about you. But maybe you’ve got dozens of eligible grown-ups who know you better than you know yourself — so…

Practice Makes Perfecter*

In my last post, I suggested three areas you should be working on to prepare yourself for when the time comes to be sending off your college scholarship applications – even if you haven’t even set foot in your high school yet. And just in case you already think you’re on top of things, here’s…

Practice Makes Perfect

There are many steps in the process of being awarded a scholarship, but students who get started early will have a chance to practice the skills they will need to become successful scholarship applicants. Even if you haven’t even started high school yet, here are some areas that you should be working on RIGHT NOW…

Where to Find that Sweet Scholarship Honey

In my earlier post SNAP QUIZ: How Special Are You? I advised you against relying on a single, gigantic scholarship that will sail you through your entire college career – so what, I hear you asking, is a regular, normal kid like you supposed to do? What kinds of scholarships are realistically attainable for someone…

How Do I Use My Scholarship Express Package

Here we go with the fourth post in our series on the Scholarship Express Package and finally we’ve made it to the important part! You already know that the purpose of your SEP is to help you apply for scholarships quickly and efficiently, but, HOW? Follow these steps to make the application process as fast and…

How Do I Assemble My Scholarship Express Package?

Once you’ve gathered the contents, your Scholarship Express Package will be easy to put together: Start by placing your Scholarship Deadline Sheet in the very front where it is readily accessible and easy to use. Next, create a handy portfolio by sliding a copy of each piece of paperwork inside a clear, protective covering. Display…