Upcoming College Scholarship Deadlines: August 2014

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August is historically a slow month for scholarships.

Generally, scholarship providers do not like to put their deadlines in August because most students are just starting classes again and don’t have a lot of time to apply for scholarships. As such, August presents a perfect opportunity for you to apply for scholarships without a ton of competition!

This batch of scholarships includes a few awards that almost any student can apply for. Good luck!

Upcoming College Scholarship Deadlines: July 2014

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As I put together this list of scholarships, I realized that video is becoming more and more popular in the scholarship world—a few of this month’s options are video contests or allow students to submit a video essay.

For students who are not the best writers (or those of you who have writing anxiety), a video essay could be a great alternative. You might find it easier to record your thoughts via video than writing a cohesive essay. Something to think about as you browse some July scholarships options!

4 Questions Community College Students Must Ask Themselves Before Transferring

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As a community college student, it’s understandable if your primary focus is to “get out” as fast as possible while doing the bare minimum work required to move on to bigger and better things. However, in the dizzying rush to transfer, we may miss opportunities for success or, conversely, opportunities to avoid failure.

Now is the time to slow down and really look at what you’ve accomplished and where you’re headed. To help you along, here are the four important questions that every community college student needs to answer before transferring.

5 Things To Avoid When Writing A Financial Aid Appeal Letter

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This post is mainly for students who have had their financial aid suspended for unsatisfactory academic performance or other status-changing circumstances (such as being the subject of disciplinary action).

However, those of you who are writing appeal letters to negotiate for more financial aid might find this useful as well. Here are five things you’ll want to avoid in writing your financial aid appeal letter.

Upcoming College Scholarship Deadlines: June 2014

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This June edition of upcoming scholarship deadlines is jam-packed with scholarships—many of which are open to all college students without any major, GPA, or residency requirements.

Don’t forget: June also marks the beginning of summer! Summer break is the perfect time to apply for scholarships because most college students have mentally checked out of anything remotely related to school. This is your chance to swoop in like a dark horse and apply for all of these lonely summer scholarships.

The SALT Financial Aid Comparison Tool

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If you are in the position where you’ve received more than one financial aid award letter and need to compare them, then congrats! Hats off to you for both being accepted into multiple schools and putting yourself in a position where you can now choose the best financial aid outcome!

Now, the tough part: accomplishing an apples-to-apples comparison of your financial aid award letters.

Understanding Your Financial Aid Award Letter

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A financial aid award letter is a document that your school will send you after you’ve completed your required financial aid applications. It outlines all of the financial aid being offered to you by both the federal government and your school.

Keep in mind that this is an offer of financial aid and you don’t have to accept everything they offer you. For example, if your financial aid includes a small loan and you don’t want or need that loan, you can say “no thanks” to that loan without affecting your other aid.