High school Guidance counselors often encourage students to take AP classes . Are they right?It’s almost considered a truism: Advanced Placement courses can only help you in your quest to enter the best colleges.AP classes have advantages – but there are drawbacks as well.The Positives of Advanced PlacementTaking an AP class will usually get your GPA increased. Depending on how your high school rates them, AP classes can be worth an entire grade more than their regular counterpart – that’s how some students end up with GPAs greater than the theoretically-perfect 4.0. And even if your school doesn’t inflate AP [...]
Each year, families find themselves completing at least one, if not two, financial aid forms for college scholarships. The documents may seem daunting, but without them, no aid will be forthcoming. Learn how to get money for college now – FAFSA tips and understanding the financial aid package. You need to complete the FAFSA or Free Application for Federal Student Aid to apply for federal student aid. Completing and submitting the FAFSA is free and quick, and it gives you access to the largest source of financial assistance to pay for college or career school. In addition, many states and colleges use your FAFSA data to [...]
Learn how to choose which type of college scholarship and college funding is right for you.
When to Apply for Scholarships The earliest deadlines for scholarships hit in October – well before any college application is due. Almost all are due before March – before many students will have heard from the majority of their schools. If you really want a private scholarship, you should think of the money separately from the academic application process. Scholarship money will follow wherever you go – if you’ve got it in place. To that end, make sure you know the due date of each scholarship you’re applying to – and try to get your application in early. Scholarships [...]
A previous blog discussed the importance of timely completion of the FAFSA. Parents should be diligently completing this form and strictly adhering to the timeline. The form is complicated and there are many websites devoted to helping you. This blog is equally important in your search for financial aid. Wendy David-Games, from StudentAdvisor.com, wrote a compelling article about all the financial forms you may need to complete in order to be eligible for the MOST financial aid. The article is reproduced below. Colleges determine which financial aid applications they require to calculate financial aid awards. There are billions of dollars in [...]