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5 Reasons to Start College Planning in Middle School

Todd VanDuzer | Posted 10.06.2015 | Education
Todd VanDuzer

We're not talking about going on college tours, or looking at dorm rooms, or even picking up a brochure. But since your student isn't in high school yet, this is the perfect time to make sure they're headed in the direction of success.

Children Living With Relatives Lose Out on Benefits as Young Adults

Matt Hartman | Posted 09.11.2015 | Politics
Matt Hartman

Children living with relatives often receive the short end of the stick -- regularly lacking health benefits, access to programs and college grants received by other foster youth -- but, seemingly, no one knows or cares to discuss the topic. Often, the media discusses foster care, yet does not go into the deeper complexities of the confusing child welfare system.

The Surprising Power of the PSAT

Joel Peterson | Posted 09.10.2015 | College
Joel Peterson

Parents who assume that the letters after "PSAT" are just some arcane footnote do so at their own -- and their child's -- peril.

State of the Girl: Challenges (and Solutions) Facing Today's Young Woman

Christie Garton | Posted 09.09.2015 | Impact
Christie Garton

Young women are dedicated to doing everything they can to make their dreams come true, starting first by acquiring that critical knowledge. Unfortunately they are failing to launch because many of them simply need better access to opportunities.

Nationals Centerfielder Denard Span Empowers Single Parents

Kandice Ferrell | Posted 08.05.2015 | Impact
Kandice Ferrell

I recently spoke to Washington Nationals centerfielder Denard Span about his mission to uplift single parent families. His non-profit, The Denard Span Foundation was borne out of a desire to extend assistance proactively.

Bills, Bills, Bills: How to Save Money in College

UChic | Posted 07.13.2015 | College

Freshman Year means more freedom, more heartache and a bundle of new experiences. One experience I wasn't ready for (and am still feeling the ramifications of), was, and is, money.

Deciding Exactly Where to Apply to College

Scott Weingold | Posted 05.28.2015 | College
Scott Weingold

It's usually the most important two decisions you'll make in the entire college process: Deciding exactly where to apply... and how to pick the right college. And -- while there's no shortage of information available to college-bound families -- so many people still get it wrong!

Ending the Education Drought in California

John E. Kobara | Posted 05.28.2015 | Impact
John E. Kobara

In California, we're talking a lot about the water drought. But we have another kind of drought that's been plaguing our state. Our "educational aqueduct" is also running on empty and is an inadequate resource.

Private Scholarships -- A Billion-Dollar Rip-Off

Reecy Aresty | Posted 05.08.2015 | College
Reecy Aresty

Every year there are billions awarded in private scholarships, and who benefits? None other than these "poor" institutions of higher learning enriching their billion dollar endowment funds at the cost of their deserving students.

The 3 C's of Reducing Costs in College.

Natalie Pace | Posted 05.04.2015 | College
Natalie Pace

Education is the highest correlating factor with income. Americans with a Master's Degree or higher earn twice as much (or more) than those with only a high school diploma.

Want to Get Into the College of Your Choice? Develop an Elevator Pitch Now

Gina Davis | Posted 06.28.2015 | College
Gina Davis

I promised my best friend and nieces I'd get their daughters into the college of their choice for free. That's correct. Free. I want to help them apply for all the scholarships and grants available so they won't have to take out loans to attend school.

5 Reasons Teenagers Should Join FIRST Robotics

Natalie Kalin | Posted 06.16.2015 | Teen
Natalie Kalin

More than just the networking, though, the friends and students I have met in my FIRST robotics experience have been some of the greatest people I have ever met.

Financial Aid Guide For Families | Posted 04.29.2015 | College

Most families aren't able to cover the full cost of their children's college experience, which means financial aid will play at least a part of their college planning. If you're thinking about applying for financial aid for your college-aged student (or thinking ahead for a child who's got some time left to go), here are the fundamentals you need to know.

'Union Scholars' Can Open New Doors for Themselves, Workers

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 04.21.2015 | College
Lee A. Saunders

Organizing -- the process of one-on-one engagement and relationship-building -- is the best strategy for building on millennials' social-media-oriented brand of activism. AFSCME sponsors a program that puts college students on the front lines of union-organizing campaigns across the nation.

The Great Scholarship Hunt: How To Save $40K On College

Maureen Hannan | Posted 04.19.2015 | College
Maureen Hannan

Recently, I had a big realization: In 27 years of teaching and parenting, I've never actually met a student who's received more than $3,000 of assistance from writing a bunch of time-sucking essays. So, I set out on a mission: Find the most effective strategy for an 11th-grader to rack up serious merit-based scholarship dollars.

10 Weird But Worthy Scholarships for Students

Christie Garton | Posted 04.14.2015 | College
Christie Garton

Today, scholarships are necessary for students so they can get the most out of college experience. But not all scholarships are the same. There are some really unique and truly bizarre scholarship opportunities for prospective students.

You Can Get A Scholarship For Playing Video Games

The Huffington Post | Allison Bresnick | Posted 01.25.2015 | College

For students who love video games, life can be a constant battle between making it to the next level and doing something more productive. At least tha...

8 Startup Tips from Student Entrepreneur and Investor Christopher Gray

David Ongchoco | Posted 03.19.2015 | Business
David Ongchoco

I recently got to interview Drexel University Senior, former Dorm Room Fund partner and Scholly Founder Christopher Gray who has been featured in mult...

President's Plan for Free Two-Year Community College Must Support High-Achieving, Low-Income Students Planning to Transfer

Harold O. Levy | Posted 03.22.2015 | Education
Harold O. Levy

As encouraging as the president's "America's College Promise" proposal is, the bigger picture remains incomplete, especially for high-achieving, low-income students seeking to transfer after two years--many of whom embody our nation's greatest strengths: native ability and persistence.

Alena Hall

These Moms Are Helping Knit The World's Largest Christmas Stocking For The Best Reason | Alena Hall | Posted 03.17.2015 | Impact

When both Lori Kleppe and Sarah Greene received news that their husbands would not be returning home from their military service, they lost more than ...

Why LGBTQ Scholarships Are Crucial: One Gay Man's Personal Story

Tommy Craven | Posted 02.10.2015 | Gay Voices
Tommy Craven

As a young gay man in conservative southern Indiana, I had lots of reasons to argue that LGBTQ scholarships were indeed very necessary. I dreamed of going to college in NYC where I could express myself freely. However, with my mom's very low income the idea of affording college in NY seemed an impossible dream.

The Powerful College Application #Selfie

Rebecca Joseph | Posted 02.09.2015 | College
Rebecca Joseph

Please use the rest of December to help seniors finalize their college applications essays and apply for scholarships by helping them promote themselves powerfully. Use their selfies, tweets, and videos as starting points for powerful celebratory essays.

Community College Students Now Have Access to $200,000 Scholarship for Graduate School

Isa Adney | Posted 02.03.2015 | College
Isa Adney

Money is a huge barrier for community college students, and in more ways than just the practical. Sometimes, when you don't have money for something, it can create a tape inside your head that says you're not worthy. It's not logical, but it happens.

Fulbright and the Peacemaking Power of International Education

Betty Castor | Posted 01.21.2015 | Education
Betty Castor

The strength of the Fulbright Program remains its commitment to immersion through which participants form lasting international connections, gain a deep understanding of other countries and cultures, and work collaboratively to find solutions to some of the world's most pressing challenges.

Increasing Transparency in College Tuition Costs

Abigail Seldin | Posted 01.14.2015 | College
Abigail Seldin

One of the best-kept secrets in the college admissions process is the fact that tuition sticker prices rarely tell the whole story.