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4 tips to make the most of scholarships

by Ryan Hickey
The same vigilance that was used to earn a scholarship is critical if you're going to use the money properly. Here are four tips for helping students get the most out of their reward.

 

Financial aid basics

Intro to financial aid
Learn the basics of the federal financial aid system and how your savings may impact eligibility.

Financial aid calculator
Estimate your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) to see how much financial aid you qualify for.

15 facts about financial aid eligibility
Quick tips to help you get more financial aid bring down your out-of-pocket cost.

How 7 different assets affect financial aid
Find out what you’ll need to report on your FAFSA.

Student loan FAQs
Know before you borrow.

Tools & calculators:

Financial aid calculator
Estimate your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) to see how much financial aid you qualify for.

Savings comparison tool
See how your assets will affect financial aid eligibility

Savings vs loans calculator
Find out how much more expensive it is to borrow rather than save for college.

Video

Joe Hurley explains how 529 plans might affect financial aid.

Latest articles

4 tips to make the most of scholarships
The same vigilance that was used to earn a scholarship is critical if you're going to use the money properly. Here are four tips for helping students get the most out of their reward.
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10 financial aid myths: What you don't know can cost you
Many families need help paying for college, but they're confused about how the financial aid process works and sometimes end up leaving money on the table. Here are 10 common costly myths about financial aid the truths behind them.
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How much financial aid will you get? Use this tool to get an idea
One thing every student should absolutely do when applying to college is to apply for federal financial aid. Fortunately, we have an easy tool to help you estimate how much aid might be available.
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How 7 different assets can affect your financial aid eligibility
Are you planning on applying for financial aid? Before you fill out the FAFSA, remember that not all funds are created equal in determining your Expected Family Contribution. This slideshow explains the different effects that seven household assets can have on your financial aid eligibility.
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