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How to Avoid Scholarship Application Errors – The Last Man Standing Is Often The Winner…So Stop Getting Knocked Out!

With millions of students applying for scholarships from private funds each year to pay for the rising cost of higher education, one would assume that only the best and brightest win. After all, that is the point of a merit based system. But the reality if far from the perception. The truth is, a 4.0 GPA, 2400 SAT, and all the volunteer work in the world will not bolster an application that has errors or is incomplete. Simply put, small errors and lack of attention to detail could be costing them or their child thousands in scholarships each year.

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Happy #529Day : College Savings Plans In Focus

Today’s Episode is all about #529Day, a day to celebrate and promote the 529 college savings plan’s offered by states across the US. In this episode, we talk to Andrea Feirstein, a leading consultant to more than half of the state 529 plans across the country, including the consistently ranked #1 Utah Educational Savings Plan. In addition we talk again to Julie Shields-Rutyna from the Massachusetts Educational Finance Authority about 529 Plans and about allowing others help out when starting your 529 savings plan.

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Download The Episode: Ep05 May 29, 2012

How to Reduce Your Expected Family Contribution: Tell Grandma to Hold Onto Those Bonds

hold onto bonds to make sure they don't effect a students expected family contribution

Every year grand parents across the country who can afford it leave their grand children with financial bequests to aid in their college education. Many more simply send grandchildren a savings bond each year in their name. What many don’t know is that these bequests, while sent with the best of intentions, could be killing your students chances at receiving need-based financial aid. However, there are a couple of easy strategies to use to make sure that grandma’s gifts go to good use while not hurting students chances at receiving need-based aid. more after the jump…

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