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5 Places To Search For Scholarships Locally | An Interview with Gyan Devi

Gyan Devi of ScholarshipOpportunities.org | Author of How to Find Scholarship Opportunities Online
Gyan Devi, Author of How to Find Scholarship Opportunities Online

On this episode we discuss the importance of looking both online and LOCALLY in order to find the money their students need to pay for college. 

Our main guest today is Gyan Devi (pronounced Ghee-YAHN, rhymes with “neon”, and DAY-vee)

, the author of How to Find Scholarship Opportunities Online and Scholarship Opportunities for Women. Gyan also keeps a blog at ScholarshipOpportunities.org  Gyan helps joins the show today to talk about those hidden gems out there in the scholarship world that aren’t as popular, but are very valuable when you know where to look.

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Cappex.comIn addition, we talk Chris Long of Cappex.com,  (@Cappex) sets us straight on being effective when searching online for scholarships. In addition, we answer a listeners question about their wish to attend their dream school, but its going to cost them about $134K.

 

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Debunking 5 Big Scholarship Myths…And #3 Is Often the Biggest One Of The All

Gyan Devi of ScholarshipOpportunities.org | Author of How to Find Scholarship Opportunities Online
Gyan Devi, Author of How to Find Scholarship Opportunities Online

On this episode we discuss the importance of debunking 5 big scholarship myths that tend to circulate among parents every year, and need to be put to rest so they can get to the job of the finding the money their students need to pay for college. 

Our main guest today is Gyan Devi (pronounced Ghee-YAHN, rhymes with “neon”, and DAY-vee)

, the author of How to Find Scholarship Opportunities Online and Scholarship Opportunities for Women. Gyan also keeps a blog at ScholarshipOpportunities.org  Gyan helps to debunk the five biggest myths parents have about scholarships and financial aid, that often are the largest impediments mentally to people actually applying for scholarships in the first place.

In addition, we talk about the myth involving the cost of attending public school over private colleges. Abigail Seldin of College Abacus (@CollegeAbacus) sets us straight on what she found when comparing several private and state colleges when it comes to affordability. In addition, we answer a listeners question about her wish to attend school at SUNY Buffalo or Long Island University.

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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 File an Expected Family Contribution Redetermination Appeal: JR’s Daily 2-Minute Financial Aid Tip

Todays Episode: How to File an Expected Family Contribution Redetermination Appeal?

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How Do I Get Classified As An Independent Student When Filing The FAFSA?: JR’s Daily Two-Minute Financial Aid Tip

This is episode 19, and today we are answering the question, How Do I Get Classified As An Independent Student When Filing The FAFSA?

Now when people file the FAFSA, they are classified into one of two categories: independent, or dependent. Dependents need their parents tax information to complete the FAFSA. In addition, the government assumes that the parents of dependent students will aid financially in paying for their child’s education, whether this is financially a reality.  Now it is always better from a financial aid standpoint to be classified as an independent student, and here are the reasons such a classification

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How Should I File The FAFSA If My Parents Are Divorced: JR’s Daily Two-Minute Financial Aid Tip

This is episode 18, and today we are answering the question, How Should I File The FAFSA If My Parents Are Divorced?

Lets be honest, 50% of all first marriages end in divorce. The rates go up on all marriages after that. In addition, more than half of all births to American women under 30 are born out-of-wedlock.  So odds are that as you are enter college now, you have lived with one parent as opposed to both. Now the FAFSA asks you to enter parental information to about their finances to decide how much aid you qualify for. The question is, what information should you be entering if you live with only one parent the majority of the time?

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What is a Graduate Assistantship, and How Do I Qualify?: JR’s Daily Two-Minute Financial Aid Tip

This is episode 16, and today we are answering the question, what is a graduate Assistantship and how you can qualify for one?

Say you are one the cusp of graduating this year. You want to be more competitive in the job market and have decided you want a graduate degree. But the question then becomes how to pay for it?

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