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Top 5 Articles of the Week – May 24, 2013

Welcome to yet another weekly round-up! This week, in addition to the focus on affording college, I’ve decided to bring you a few fantastic articles on college admissions.

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What Are College Grants? (And How to Get Them): Top 25 Guides


A grant is a form of financial aid, similar to a scholarship, that is awarded to a student to help pay for education costs, and does not need to be repaid. Grants are often issued by organizations with a specific academic interest in mind, in the hopes that the awarded student will make a contribution in the chosen academic field while going to college or after graduating. Most grants are also awarded to students who can demonstrate financial need.

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Affording College: Top 5 Articles of the Week – May 17. 2013

Another Friday, another weekly round-up from YesCollege! This week some of the best articles focused a little more on student debt. With so many students opting to take student loans to afford college, it’s essential to consider the fact that those loans will need to be paid back. That said, here are some of the best articles on affording college of the week.

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What Are Student Loans? (And How to Get Them): Top 100 Guides


Student loans are one of the most common ways of financing higher education, and there is a lot of confusing information about them online. A student loan, at its core, is a sum of money being loaned to a student by either the government or a private party for the purpose of paying tuition and other costs associated with higher education. Government loans usually come with a low, fixed interest rate of either 3.4% or 6.8%. There is legislation being debated right now that would increase the government interest rate, and private loans typically have higher variable interest rates than government loans.

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Affording College: Top 5 Articles of the Week – May 10, 2013

Welcome to our latest edition of the Top 5 Articles of the Week all about affording college. It was a big week, with major politicians discussing radical changes to student loan rates, in depth articles exploring the financial aid system, and more. Follow along as we bring you the best of the best!

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What is Financial Aid? (And How to Get It): Top 50 Guides


Applying for financial aid is one of the most important parts of the college search process. The amount of financial aid a student receives can be the deciding factor about whether they attend the college of their choice. Knowing how to get the most aid possible, from the government, private providers, and the college itself, is crucial.

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Affording College: Top 5 Articles of the Week – May 3, 2013

Welcome to yet another edition of our weekly round up. This is now our fourth, so we’ve been doing this for over a month. Time sure does fly when you’re having fun! This week we bring you several excellent articles from around the world of affording college.

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100 Top Tools for Writing The Best Admissions or Scholarship Essay

Essay writing is often an important part of applying for scholarships. No matter what subject you study, writing well is an essential skill, and colleges want to test your capabilities before they let you in the door. Having your scholarship and admissions prospects depend so heavily on a single piece of your writing can be intimidating, but with the right preparation, any prospective student can put together a well crafted essay. The tools and articles on this list are great sources of inspiration, instruction, and motivation for students writing essays that may heavily influence their educational and financial futures.

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Affording College: Top 5 Articles of the Week – April 26, 2013

Welcome to another edition of our weekly roundup! Many students have already received their acceptance letters, and are making their final decisions on where they’ll be attending college next year. That makes the problem of figuring out how to pay for it all even more of a reality. With that in mind, here are some of the best articles of the week on affording college.

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Unique and Weird Scholarships Worth Applying For (2018)

Unique and Weird scholarships worth applying for

College scholarships aren’t just for people with high GPAs and great SAT scores. Some scholarship awarding organizations have decided to buck the trend of rewarding academic achievement, and instead offer scholarships based on unique talents, unorthodox interests, creativity, or just unusual circumstances. These scholarships range from simply unique, to quirky, to downright bizarre, but all of them are worth applying for if you meet the requirements, because any scholarships you get now will decrease your college payments in the long term.

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