Two of My Favorite Downloadable FAFSA PDFs

Filling out the FAFSA is one of the most important things to do when it comes to financing your education. I’ve said it before, but even if you’re unsure that you’ll be eligible for any aid, you should fill out the FAFSA. That said, it can often seem like a daunting process. Fortunately, there are a ton of great resources out there – especially those in the form of PDFs. Here are a few of my favorites…

The FAFSA Process – From the official student aid .gov site, this short PDF explains everything you need to know about the FAFSA process in simple terms.

2016-2017 FAFSA Checklist – From the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority, this is a handy checklist you can download and print out to make sure you’ve done everything you need to do when filling out the FAFSA. I absolutely LOVE checklists, and this one is no different.

So there you have it, two simple PDFs that can make your FAFSA application process much simpler. Remember get started early, the sooner you fill out the FAFSA, the sooner you can relax and focus on all the other important things with getting into and affording college.

5 More .Gov Sites to Bookmark for College

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There’s a lot of information available online, but not all of it can be trusted. Government websites are excellent resources for students to find accurate information and discover a variety education and career opportunities. I wrote a post some time ago with Five .Gov Websites to Bookmark for College containing websites about college affordability like grants, scholarships, and filing your FAFSA. Today is part two, with a short list of government websites to help you find and manage career opportunities while you’re still in school. [Read more…]

10 Scholarship Myths Debunked

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Scholarships have been around for a long time now and (as with anything that has a history) rumors circulate and make scholarships look bad. Believing these rumors may discourage you from applying to scholarships. As you already know, a scholarship award is free money. Let me repeat that, A SCHOLARSHIP AWARD IS FREE MONEY! [Read more…]

10 Great Apps To Help You Earn a Merit Based Scholarship

Merit ScholarhipsWhen the costs of college are considered, students begin to seek scholarships. But how can students get scholarships? A merit-based scholarship is one of the many resources students can tap for aid. This article is intended to offer students resources that can help them raise their grades, which in turn, helps raise their chances of receiving merit-based scholarships.

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What Is the Difference Between a Grant and a Scholarship?

Scholarships and GrantsAs the workforce becomes more competitive, an education is more and more necessary—but it’s coming at a steeper price. Over the past 30 years, college costs have increased faster than the rate of inflation; all told, the cost of tuition and fees has gone up a whopping 1,120%. According to CourseSmart, in the 1972-1973 school year public tuition and fees averaged $2,225, while private tuition cost $10,378. In the 2012-2013 school year, those numbers have skyrocketed–$8,655 for public school and $29,056 for private school. And in the 2010-2011 school year, students spent more than $1,100 on textbooks.

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