Thursday, July 25, 2013

Big Things Are Happening

EduDreams is developing a new bigger, better, stronger site- thanks to your loyal support.  While its still in the development stages, you will still be able to get great college, financial aid and scholarship information. 

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

After the FAFSA: What Happens Next

Did you know there was life after completing the FAFSA?  Yes, your work is not done and you should know that this process continues until the bill has been paid and the student is happily sitting in class!  Check out this very informative video from the US Department of Education to learn just what happens next!
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Friday, March 29, 2013

5 Tips for Getting Financial Aid From Your State

Know the Financial Aid Application Deadlines for Your State

Yes, states give financial aid too! It is important, however, that you pay attention to the deadlines for submitting financial aid forms. Missing a deadline seriously impacts your ability to obtain federal and state financial aid as well as institutional aid and scholarships.
We have compiled a list of state deadlines for spring 2013 as well as provided some tips to help you and your family understand how financial aid deadlines work.

5 Tips:
  1. The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the federal application for financial aid, but it is also used to apply for aid from other sources, such as the state.
  2. The deadlines for the state or colleges may be different from the federal deadlines and you may be required to complete additional forms.
  3. Check with your high school guidance counselor or a college financial aid administrator about state and college sources of student aid.
  4. Refer to the state in which you live, not the state of the school that you may attend.
  5. Pay close attention to the college's definition of an application deadline - whether it is the receipt date and time or the process date and time of the application.
State financial aid deadlines:
Kansas - April 1
Missouri - April 1
North Dakota - April 15
West Virginia - April 15
Washington DC - April 30 (priority date)
Delaware - April 15
Pennsylvania - May 1
Maine - May 1
Massachusetts - May 1
Florida - May 15

New Hampshire - Not offering state aid for the 2013 year.

If your state is not listed, it is because the state deadline is later than the month of May or may have already passed. Visit collegepreparationevents.blogspot again for additional deadlines and tips.

For more information on completing the FAFSA form:

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Friday, November 30, 2012

November National Scholarship Month Sunsets but the Search for Scholarships Still Hot Topic

In recognition of the last day of National Scholarship Month - this post is worth a re-read! See a few scholarship due dates below as well.

What About Scholarships?

Another way to help finance higher education is to obtain scholarships.  Have you heard the phrase, Millions of scholarships go unclaimed every year?  Is it true?  This idea has been around for many years.  According to the College Board, the source of this claim was from an old study that looked at "the theoretical amount of funds available from private organization-companies, associations, unions and so forth."  The comparison then does not really mean that scholarships go unclaimed.  The question is would most students qualify if they did apply to some of the more obscure scholarships? (left-handed, parent member of specific organizations, etc)
It is common for families to start the scholarship search when they learn that they have not received enough in grant money, which is too late.

The hunt for scholarships should start early and searching should happen often.  

Follow these hints to help you successfully search for scholarships.

Start Early - The scholarship search process can happen as early as the freshmen year of high school (However, scholarships exist for elementary and middle school student as well).  High school seniors should continue looking for scholarships all throughout the senior year and again even after entering college.  Take a couple of hours each week and continue weekly until you feel comfortable with covering the college's costs.

Do Your Research - High school students should check in with their guidance office- high school seniors should check every week.  The guidance office is where a large amount of the scholarship information can be found.  Also check with libraries, parent's place of employment, civic and college prep organizations, and go online.  A number of good scholarship websites are available - here are a few:  Education Planner,, Scholarship, and Fast Web.

Work Closely With The College Financial Aid Office - If you apply and are awarded outside scholarships, many colleges view that as money your family is contributing to your educational costs.  The amount of outside scholarships you are awarded can have an impact on any grants, scholarships or loans awarded by the college.  Work with the financial aid office to help you understand what will happen if you are awarded outside scholarships.  Also be sure to communicate your family's circumstances to help the financial aid office make the best financial aid decision for you.

Now Go Find that Money!  You Can do this!

Large National Scholarship ProgramsGates millennium Scholars Program: - due January 16, 2013Ron Brown Scholar Program: - due January 9, 2013
Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarships: - due February 15, 2013
American Indian Graduate Center Scholars: - multiple applications due in April and June, 2013
Burger King Scholars Program: - dueJanuary 10, 2013

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Kick Off for the Gates Millennium Scholarship!

High school students interested in learning more about or applying for a Gates Millennium Scholarship, this is a "must attend"! 

Learn about preparing the application, writing the essays and choosing appropriate nominators and recommenders from Gates Representatives!

The workshop is free, but you must register by November 5th!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Still Need College Scholarships? Apply for a Scholarship with a Cause

"Delete Cyberbullying" 
Scholarship deadlines in late spring and summer are very rare.  This is wonderful opportunity to think about protecting the rights of internet users and getting a scholarship in the process! 
Awarded by:                  Delete Cyberbullying
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Deadline Info:
Applications are available online from the Delete Cyberbullying website.

In addition to the completed application, the student must submit an essay on one of the following cyberbullying topics: the importance of deleting cyberbullying or how cyberbullying has affected him/her. The essay must be typed and no longer than 500 words in length.

Applications and essays may be emailed to by the deadline date or mailed to the mailing address provided, postmarked by the deadline date.
Two awards offered annually.
Award Amount:
$1,500 annually, non-renewable.

For more information go to:  Scholarship Experts

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Interesting Arts Scholarship to help "Frame Your Future"

Interesting Scholarship for Future Artists!

 The "Frame My Future" Scholarship Contest is not your typical chance to win scholarship money for school...there are no long forms to fill out or an extensive list of requirements that you need to meet. It's meant to be a fun and creative way to earn scholarship money!

Go to:  Frame My Future

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

BUICK Achievers Scholarship Program | Guidelines

Another Scholarship to Pursue. Deadline is February 29 (yes it's a Leap Year)

The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program is offering:

  • Up to $25,000 per year for 100 first-time freshman or existing college students, renewable up to four years and one additional year for those entering a qualified five-year engineering program.
  • $2,000 one-time awards for an additional 1,000 students.

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Looking for a $1,000 Scholarship?

Comcast Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program

Nominations for the Comcast Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program are currently being accepted.  This program is a nomination-based award and only one student per school may be nominated by their principal or guidance counselor. The Comcast Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program, funded through the Comcast Foundation, recognizes high school seniors from Comcast communities for their commitment to community service, academics, and demonstrated leadership.  To acknowledge these accomplishments, recipients of the award will receive a one-time grant of $1,000.

Comcast is committed to powering dreams in the communities we serve, and we have strong connections with these communities because our employees live, work, and raise their families everywhere that we provide service.   Comcast recognizes that being an active part of these communities is an integral part of our success, and our company culture is enriched by this diverse environment.   Comcast is committed to diversity – in our employment practices, our purchasing decisions, our programming and our community investment.  Last year, more than 800 scholarships were awarded to diverse students.

Scholarship Requirements:

  • Full-time high school senior currently enrolled at a high school within a Comcast Community.
  • Student grade point average of 2.8 or higher.  
  • Student demonstrates leadership abilities in school activities or through work experiences.
  • Student shows a strong commitment to and involvement in community service.
  • Student plans to attend an accredited, nonprofit college, university, or vocational/technical school in the United States.
  • Student will need to verify nomination by entering the Comcast School Code (CSC), provided by the principal or guidance counselor.
  • Student will need to complete and approve the terms and conditions set forth in the media release included as part of the scholarship acceptance form.  If the nominee is not over the age of eighteen, the parent/guardian must complete and approve the terms and conditions set forth in the media release included as part of the scholarship acceptance form.
All scholarship materials must be received from the nominated student by December 9, 2011 in order to be considered.  To determine program eligibility and to request nomination access, please contact International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc. at or at (866) 851-4274.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

College Prep For Palm Beach, FL

Hello Florida - This One is For You!

North Schools: Suncoast High's College Fair and College Prep Night is 6-8 p.m. Sept. 27 in the

College Fair and College Prep Night is 6-8 p.m. Sept. 27 in the gymnasium. The event is open to all schools in Palm Beach County. Representatives from more than 50 top institutions in the country will attend . In addition, several companies that assist students in their college prep journey will be available as resources to the parents and their students. Some will hold break-away sessions about topics of interest to the college bound.

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