5 Ways to Speed up Scholarship Applications: Part 2

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Look for Multi-Purpose Applications

In some cases, you can apply for multiple scholarships through one application. This usually happens when you apply with a large organization or with a school. For instance, you might apply for entrance into a certain college and not even have to apply for scholarships at the school. If the app passes admissions, it will be sent out to financial aid for review. Then they will contact you with any scholarships you might qualify for so you can figure out what else you need. … Read the rest

5 Ways to Speed up Scholarship Applications: Part 1

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Get through Scholarship Apps Quickly and Easily

Most college students don’t enjoy applying for scholarships because, quite frankly, it’s a pain in the butt. Every application seems to take an hour or longer, and you have to fill out a billion applications just to pay for one semester. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was an easy way to cut that time in half? Lucky for you, there is. Here are 6 ways to speed up scholarship applications so you can get the most financial aid possible.

Use Form-Fillers

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How to Write the Perfect Scholarship Essay: Part 2

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The Ultimate Scholarship Essay Guide (Continued)

Make It Personal

Your scholarship essay is your chance to prove to the reviewers that you are worthy of their award. If you present them with a cookie cutter essay that anyone could turn in, they’re not going to know who you are or why your story matters. Make your essay about something personal – something that you are truly passionate about. Put your heart into everything you write, even if you think it sounds a little cheesy. You want the scholarship committee to feel like they can connect with … Read the rest

How to Write the Perfect Scholarship Essay: Part 1

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Paying for college is easy to do when you have enough scholarship money to cover your costs. Then you don’t have to worry about student loans and out of pocket expenses. You can go to school free of charge.

Since most scholarships these days require essays as part of the application process, it is important to learn how to write the perfect scholarship essay. Here are some tips to improve your writing in the future.

Read the Essay Prompt Carefully

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The Best Ways to Search for Scholarships

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How to Find Scholarships All Year Long

If you want to find a way to pay for your college education, you’re going to have to put in more than 30 minutes of searching time. You must be willing to commit yourself to your hunt for financial aid, which means that you have to look for scholarships even after you obtain some. Opportunities come up throughout the year, and you have to be around to benefit from them. Here are some quick tips to help you get the most scholarships possible while you’re in college.

Sign Up for Scholarship Matching Sites

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Now Is the Time to Prepare for Fall Semester

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Use the Summer to Jump Start Your Semester

College classes just started back up again, and most students are dragging their feet to get their first assignments done. The transition between summer and school is always tough, but that shouldn’t give you an excuse to be lazy. If you want to make the most out of your education, you might want to get ahead of the game this semester. Here is a guide explaining how to use the summer to prepare for fall semester.

Make an Events Calendar

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Creative Ways to Pay for College

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Paying for college is never easy, especially with the prices going up every year. Scholarships and grants can certainly cut down the cost of college, but they may not be enough to pay for your degree. Luckily, there are other alternatives that may help you cover your costs in school. Here are some creative ways to pay for college so you can start planning for your future.

Work Study Programs

Work study programs are essentially internships that have scholarships built into them. In this setup, you promise to work for a company for a certain … Read the rest

Financial Aid for Master’s Degrees

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If you are planning to earn your master’s degree in the near future, you will obviously need some way to pay for your education. You are more than welcome to pay for your schooling out of pocket, but most graduate students don’t have that kind of money at their disposal. Thus you will need to look into some financial aid options for master’s degrees so you can get the funding you need and deserve. Here are some of the different opportunities you can keep in mind.

Scholarships and Grants

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How to Combat the Rising Cost of College

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College tuition rates aren’t going to drop any time soon, and that may scare off worthy students who simply can’t pay for their education on their own. If you are aiming to get a degree in the near future, you need to think about what you can and cannot afford. This should not prevent you from getting the degree you want. You just have to figure out your finances before you get into something you can’t cover. Here are some tips to help you fight the rising cost of college.

Apply for

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Top 15 Undergraduate Nursing Scholarships: Part 3

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Nurses Make a Difference Scholarship

The Nurses Make a Difference Scholarship from Cascade Healthcare Solutions is awarded to one aspiring nurse each year. To apply for the award, you must submit a 200-300 word essay about the differences nurses make in the world. You must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and you must be a legal resident of the United States. You must also be able to prove that you have been accepted into an undergraduate nursing degree program or that you are currently enrolled in one. Employees and family members of Cascade Healthcare … Read the rest

Top 15 Undergraduate Nursing Scholarships: Part 2

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Genesis Health Services BSN Nursing Scholarship

The BSN Nursing Scholarship provided by Genesis Health Services is offered as a forgivable loan, which means you won’t have to pay it back as long as you agree to work for Genesis Health Services for two years after graduation. This may not sound like a good tradeoff, but it pretty much guarantees you a job after you get out of school. To qualify for this program, you must be pursuing a BSN at an accredited college or university in Iowa or Illinois. You must have a minimum high school … Read the rest

Top 15 Undergraduate Nursing Scholarships: Part 1

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Undergraduate Nursing Scholarships

Nursing school can get expensive no matter what college you go to. Before you start panicking about how to pay for college, you might want to check out the top 15 undergraduate nursing scholarships we have listed below. These should help you cover your costs and get through school with minimal financial stress.

Note that this list is broken down into 3 parts, and you can continue to the other sections at the bottom or top of each page. All scholarship links have been verified as of 7/11/2015.

AfterCollege/AACN $10,000 Scholarship Fund

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Student Loans vs. Credit Cards: Part 2

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Student Loans vs. Credit Cards

Credit Impact

Student loans and credit cards both show up as debts on your credit report. The difference is that credit cards are revolving debts, which means that they can fluctuate from month to month. Credit card payments will do more for your credit score than student loan payments, but defaulting on a credit card will also hurt your score more in the end. Most lenders will not care much if they see student loans on your credit report, but they will have issues if you have excessive credit card debt.… Read the rest

Student Loans vs. Credit Cards: Part 1

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What Should You Use When Scholarships Aren’t Enough?

Most college students cringe at the idea of getting student loans. This is the dreaded side effect of going to college that people try to avoid at all costs. Nevertheless, there may come a time when your scholarships and grants simply do not cover your cost of attendance. You have to find a way to pay for the leftover expenses out of pocket.

If you are trying to find a way to pay off your college debt, you may consider getting a credit card to pay your bills. There are a … Read the rest

How to Calculate Your Cost of Attendance

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How Much Money Do You Need for College?

Your cost of attendance is the amount of money you need to pay for your education, including tuition, fees, books, supplies, housing, personal expenses, utilities, and transportation. By understanding what your cost of attendance is, you can have a better idea of how much scholarship money you need to get through your degree. No two people have the same cost of attendance, even if they go to the same school and have the same major. Use the guide below to learn how to calculate your cost of attendance.

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Top 7 Summer Scholarship Search Tips

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How to Find Scholarships on Summer Break

Why waste your Summer Break relaxing at the pool when you could use it to get money for college? Alright, that may not sound like a good tradeoff, but the fact is that the summer is a fantastic time to search for scholarships and grants. Make the most of your time out of school, and you will end up with less to worry about when classes start.

Here are the top 7 summer scholarship search tips.

1 – Set Goals for Your Applications

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Scholarship Fails

Scholarship fails? Why so negative?

We often write about how to succeed in applying for a scholarship and give you great tips on how to write the best scholarship application essays, but what about scholarship fails? They deserve some attention too, because we learn from our mistakes and we can learn from others’ mistakes as well. So what went wrong and caused a student not to get a scholarship he or she applied for and was really hoping to get? What do you need to do to prevent scholarship fails?

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Scholarships for Women

Why Scholarships for Women?

It’s no secret that scholarships come in all varieties – race, ethnicity and, of course, gender. However, that’s only because of the dedication women of the past put into equal educational opportunities for women. And, while many still believe there’s progress to be made, one of the best ways to do so is by taking your future into your own hands and seizing opportunities, such as scholarships for women.  While it was once rare to see women in higher education, now more women than men are attending college (Women represent over half the undergraduate class … Read the rest

How to Write a Scholarship Thank You Letter

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Why Should I Write a Scholarship Thank You Letter?

Winning a scholarship means that you’re doing well for yourself. It means your writing skills are up to scratch, you wrote a compelling essay that convinced a donor or foundation that you are worth investing in. It’s a nice boost for your ego as well as for your college fund. Plenty to reason to reach out to your generous beneficiary and send them a heartfelt thank you! Not that a donor expect anything in return from a student, but a well written scholarship thank you letter is always appreciated and a … Read the rest

Fun Scholarships

How can scholarships be fun?

There are scholarships and there are fun scholarships. Pretty much every students needs them and for which you choose to apply is a matter of personal preference. Some students will only go for big serious ones, others are more flexible and will go for anything they are eligible for. There are serious things in life and there is fun. Then there are serious things that can be made fun. Those are the things that life is all about in the end of the day. While you are applying, why not look for fun scholarships … Read the rest