Putting It Together: The Complicated Math of Financial Aid Packages

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If you are a top student and you play the financial aid game right, you could end up with multiple sources of free money: a needs-based grant, a merit scholarship from the school, and/or outside scholarships. The way your school combines these aid sources can be more important than the numbers themselves. It’s important to…

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Free Money for School! Tips for Applying for Private Scholarships

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When I was a high school student (a long, long time ago), I knew that affording college was going to be a challenge for my family. Because of this, I paid careful attention to our school’s scholarship bulletin—which, at the time, was a paper posted on a bulletin board—and applied for numerous private scholarships, starting…

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Maximizing Your Aid, Minimizing Your Costs: Need-Based Grants and Merit Scholarships

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The FAFSA and Profile (discussed in these previous posts: Part 1 and Part 2) will determine your family’s financial need and “Expected Family Contribution” (EFC), but it’s up to the school and the government to determine how much you actually pay. Government Grants Certain forms of government student aid, such as Pell Grants and Cal…

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CHSPE vs. GED: What’s the Difference?

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CHSPE vs. GED: What’s the Difference? For individuals in California who wish to receive a certificate of high school equivalency—technically equal to that of a diploma—passing the GED (General Education Diploma) test and the CHSPE (California High School Proficiency Exam) will serve the same function. There are, however, some important differences between the tests. “Early…

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Why One-on-One Tutoring?

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Proven Effectiveness Numerous studies show that one-on-one tutoring by a highly qualified tutor is one of the most effective ways to increase grades, academic achievement, and test scores. It has also been proven to improve student attitudes about school, especially for the subjects in which a student is struggling. Individualized Instruction A private tutor hones…

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