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My Top Eight College #Admissions, #Scholarships, and #FinancialAid Twitter Feeds

Social Media Feeds For College Admissions, Scholarships, and Financial AidI came to twitter in 2011, a bit late for the party to some. When I started blogging it was a godsend, with feeds full of great info on scholarships and financial aid. It took some time to sort out the good and the bad feeds, those that contributed and curated over those that simply posted their own material. However, when I finally got it all sorted, I found I had a preference for the feeds of just a handful of people. I want to share my personal list that I keep separate from other feeds that offer killer content, advice, and curated articles as well.

All of these resources are ones that parents of college bound teens should follow now and keep an eye out for as you go through the process of college admissions, and funding college.

Quick note, this list is in no particular order. They are all outstanding in their respective areas!


Lynn O’Shaughnessy is everywhere! She is a college columnist for CBSMoneyWatch.com, as well as her own great blog The College Solution, her content goes in-depth and talks straight to the issues facing parents and students in college aid and admissions.


Monica Matthews managed to help her son find over $100,000 in scholarships while he pursued his degree in Engineering. She hosts her own site at How2WinScholarships.com and her feed is full of great content. She has also published a book on her experiences, which is available on her site.



Jodi Okun took the initiative to get down to the Financial Aid office and learn the trade from the ground up. She has taken her experience and put it to work as a College Financial Planner. Her site, College Financial Advisors,  has some great content on understanding the financial aid process for parents. Jodi even hosts #CollegeCashChat  every Thursday at 10pm/EST. Parents and students can join the twitter chat and ask questions of Jodi and her guests.


Suzanne Shaffer has waded through the swamp that is college financial aid, scholarships, and admissions when she sent her won children to college. Her feed offers great info and insight into the college financing process with curated articles and her own content. Suzanne also offers her own free e-book and test prep guide via her site at parentscountdowntocollegecoach.com. 


Gyan Devi went back to school later in life as a non-traditional student. Gyan devoted herself to finding scholarship info for college students and their families. She believes students “should have the opportunity to graduate without mortgaging their future or majoring in student debt”. She has been counseling students and families as a financial aid coach for the past 14 years. Her feed offers a mix of curated and home-grown articles, and she has written two books with several more on the way.


Beatrice Schultz, CFP®, BSc, MSM founded Westface College Planning, as well as co-founder of Westface Financial and Insurance Services. She hosts College Smart Radio 1220am KDOW each week airing Saturdays from 3:00pm-3:30pm PST. Her feed is also a mix of curated and home-grown content via her site and blog, focusing often on the financial aspects of maximizing aid for families of college bound teens and the tax implications of college.



What I love about Sia Knight’s feed, is her no-nonsense articles that speak straight to the issues surround college admissions and the conduct of college bound teens. In an age where manners and social norms are evolving, she reminds parents and students how to conduct themselves when dealing with those working in education. Holding a Doctorate in Education, this former teacher, counselor and school administrator curates some content while focusing on her own articles on college prep, test prep, and building a students network before college. Her site can be found at www.siaknight.com.


Keith Maderer is an author and public speaker on a range of topics. His feed offers some great content from his own site on college finance and the tax implications, as well as scholarships and financial aid. He also does some content curation on the subject as well. His articles can often be found on e-Zine, and they offer deep information on the various aspects of financial aid such as the FAFSA and the EFC.

One source of information for me will never be enough. However, these 8 sources of information are going to get any parent 95% of the information they are going to need to get their child into college, and get it paid for. Next week I’ll be posting my top ten list of favorite podcasts on financial aid and admissions.


How to Control Your Social Media Presence In Three Steps; Scholarship Judges & Admissions Officers Are Watching You

As high-school seniors attend graduation this year, the students that will be receiving their diploma will truly be some of the first to have never known a world before the internet. They have almost always access to a cell phone, and have blogged, blabbed, status updated and tweeted about their every thought and move. But could those tweets and posts cost them thousands in Financial Aid? According to the National Association of Scholarship Providers, it just might! If parents and students want ensure their scholarship and college admission application efforts are not in vain, cleaning up student social media profiles may prevent a loss of thousands in aid. More after the jump….

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How Your Social Media Posts Could Derail Your Chance At College Scholarships: Tweets of The Week


Twitter in general cracks me up. Every saturday, I now take time to curate the best and worst scholarship tweets by simply searching for the word “Scholarships“. While there are many tweets on general info, the funny ones pop up and its a lesson in bad social media management. (check out this article by Monica Matthews on online social behavior and how it affects your chances.) more after the jump…
So heres a quick rundown of the Top Five bad tweets of the week:


I often thought the same thing: Thank god twitter didn’t exist yet however. Admissions officers and judges want to see proactive people, not the unmotivated.

Nothing like the threat of a pimp slap to get judges in the mood to give you money!

I like this one,, in that she is at least being honest. You are right, if you did put in that much effort, it would likely pay off big!

I guarantee you, if you “opt-out” of the competition, you have already lost. The reason people have a chance in the first place is that they apply at all. Only then can someone decide if you are a good investment! And now, the TOP SCHOLARSHIP TWEET FAIL OF THE WEEK goes to…

Clearly, this persons priorities are in the wrong place. The college you pick is the one likely to give the best training, best record of helping student develop their skills, combined with the best financial aid package to defray costs. Those three factors should be the balancing act of decision process. Only after those three things are determined should a tie-braker ever be used to decide which one is “fun”. A post like this will not help you get the scholarships from the school, and may even prevent your admission!
However, on a more positive note…Most Positive Scholarship Tweet of the Week goes to….

20120414-115830.jpg Clearly, the positive attitude shown here will not only sustain her through school, but could offer a glimpse into her character for an Admissions Officer.

Freedom of speech, goes hand in hand with freedom of consequence. Think before you post. Again, check out this article by Monica Matthews on online social behavior and how it affects your chances. Good luck!

How To Win The Same Scholarship Year After Year: Twitter Post of the Week


He’s right, most scholarships aren’t guaranteed for four years. In fact, just like athletes, four year merit scholarships are rare.more after the jump… Continue reading How To Win The Same Scholarship Year After Year: Twitter Post of the Week

My First Video Post on YouTube Using iMovie for iPad

Hello world (or all three people reading this post)

Decided to give iMovie for iPad a try and make a quick vid. Not the best, but the point was to develop a quick skill set for getting this going. My goal is to post a scholarship tip each week to my new YouTube Channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/TheCollegeMoneyMan) to enhance my blog and coming podcast.