Category Archives: cash for college

How To Appeal Your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), Cost of Attendance (COA) and Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Suspension

How did you resolve the problem you had that led to your Satisfactory Academic Progress Suspension

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On this March 12, 2014 episode we discuss the importance of the filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA ASAP with Andrew Viscariello of Black Hawk College. In addition, we are discussing three appeal types when it comes to you or your students financial aid.

Guided by we talk with Mary Lawson, Associate Director of Financial Aid at Western Illinois University (@WIUNews) , First we cover the Estimated Cost of Attendance, or ECA/COA appeals, and how to appeal that if you feel the cost profile is too low.  Next, she discusses how to appeal your initial Expected Family Contribution number, or EFC and your Financial Aid Award Letter, if it does not reflect your current financial circumstances.

Next, we talk to Angeles Fuentes of California State University, Monterey Bay, about Satisfactory Academic Progress, or SAP Appeals and how most financial aid office’s deal with those appeals.

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How To Save Money While In College: Advice From Students

Saving For College

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On this March 6, 2014 episode we interview students on the ground about what they do to control costs while in school. We also discuss the declining number of students attending their first pick college, and why a private not-for-profit college may be cheaper than a state school. And don’t forget our scholarship of the week, the McDonalds Scholarships for High School Seniors.

Download The Episode: Ep14-10 March 6,, 2014

Coding Schools From a Students Perspective: J’s Coding Adventure at

J Terrell AllenIt’s February 26th,  2014 episode we interview J Terrell Allen (@jterrell), a student of (@TryBloc) about their particular teaching style, and his learning experiences at their DevSchool. In addition we discuss the Big Ten Ponzi Scheme article I wrote at my blog Git. Life. Commit..

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Download The Episode: Ep14-09 February 26th, 2014

How To Pick A Coding School: The Starter League & Learning In Person

The Starter League

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On this February 19th,  2014 episode we interview Vincent Cabansag of The Starter League (@VCabansag) about their particular teaching style at their DevSchool, and how his time as a student there led to him eventually working there. In addition we listen to three students discuss how they approach paying for college in different ways.

Download The Episode: Ep14-08 February 19th, 2014

Scholarships for New Educational Methods: & The New Relic Scholarship

Bloc.ioOn this February 12th,  2014 episode we interview Prasid Pathak (@Prasid) and David Paola (@dpaola2) about (@TryBloc), the difference between Mentorship and Dev-Boot Camps, and the New Relic Scholarship.  Our scholarship of the week is The Margarian Scholarship.

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Download The Episode: Ep14-07 February 12th, 2014

The 2014 Margarian Scholarship: A Scholarship For All Majors

2014 Margarian Scholarship
The 2014 Margarian Scholarship

Big ups to (@Cappex) for putting me on to this scholarship.  If you haven’t been to the site yet, check it our. The 2014 Margarian Scholarship is a scholarship everyone has time to apply for. Its broad based and is for all grade levels from High School to graduate school. 

A few tips on this one based on the application:

  1. Be concise: You have between 100-300 words for a response to each question. Given the number of apps they may get, you need to keeps your words economical.
  2. Don’t be Shy: This one is looking for pride; pride of self, pride of background, pride of accomplishment. This is not time to be a shy-guy/gal and stick to the sidelines. You need to push yourself out there as the best candidate because YOU ARE, not because YOU WILL BE! The law firm that offers this was founded by a man who didn’t start out speaking english well and had to pull himself up by his bootstraps. He is looking for people like himself when it comes to tenacity. 
  3. Dont depend on your ethnicity or poverty to get you the win: This one could care less if you are white, black, hispanic, or laotian. It cares about the level of pride you exhibit and your determination. While finances may have some impact, it is not the end all be all. You still have to present yourself the correct way.

This scholarship is a perfect example of a general scholarship where the competition will be broad and undefined. Keep in mind a solid and carefully thought out strategy will make all the difference when you apply.  No matter what, good luck!

How to Perform Your Scholarship Search Effectively: & The Diamonds In The Rough ScreenshotOn this February 5th,  2014 episode we interview Chris Long of (@Cappex) about their online scholarship search tool we talk about what makes this one so unique and how to make the most of it.  Our scholarship of the week is The Boren Scholarship for International Studies The scholarship for students going abroad is sponsored by the Institute of international studies in Washington DC. Also we  talk to a student on how to best place their assets before signing the FAFSA.

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Download The Episode: Ep14-06 February 5th, 2014