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Student Loans

Posted on July 30, 2015 in Financial Aid

Student loans are loans designed to help college students cover the cost of college tuition, books and other living expenses. It is different than a traditional loan in that the interest rate is significantly lower and you don't have to begin repayment until you finish school. Also the requirements for student loans are typically lower than traditional loans and are thus easier to get. One thing to note about a student loan is that if a st [...]

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College Grants

Posted on July 30, 2015 in Financial Aid

The purpose of a college grant is to provide educational funding to financially needy students to help with the high cost of a college education. Grants are different than scholarships and student loans. Unlike a student loan, a grant does not need to be repaid. Also, grants are most often need-based as opposed to scholarships which are often based on merit, activity or organization affiliation.

Federal Grants

One of the biggest [...]

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College Scholarships

Posted on July 30, 2015 in Financial Aid

Scholarships are financial aid packages awarded to sudents to help further their education. They are typically awarded on merit, excellment in an activity or association - different from grants, which are typically awarded based on need.

College scholarships are the most popular ways for students to help pay for college. Scholarships are free and do not require you repay them - ala Student Loan. Most students start applying for scho [...]

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How to Write a Five Paragraph Essay

Posted on July 30, 2015 in College Essay

The following section will walk you through how to write a five paragraph essay.

Introduction Paragraph

The five-paragraph essay begins with an introduction paragraph. The purpose of the introduction paragraph is to provide a thesis for the essay, which serves as a mini-outline for the rest of the paper. A good intro should also engage the reader and include some words to graph the readers attention and make them want to read the p [...]

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College Admission Topics to Avoid

Posted on July 30, 2015 in Admission Essay

When students are selecting an essay topic, often times they will select a topic that will land their application in the Rejection Pile. The following are the types of topics that you should avoid and that have actually come up on students papers. The jail time you've served

Many students think that highlighting a negetive event and then showing how they have grown and learned from it makes for a good essay. While this is sometimes [...]

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Writing the College Admission Essay

Posted on July 30, 2015 in Admission Essay

Now that you have selected a winning essay topic, it is time to start writing. When you begin writing, you need to keep two things in mind. The first, to pursuade the admissions officer that you are a worthy candidate for admission. The second is to show the officer that you have a real personality and real-world experience and are more than just your GPA, SAT Scores, and courseload.

While there is no sure-fire formula for writing the p [...]

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Selecting a College Admission Essay Topic

Posted on July 30, 2015 in Admission Essay

After you spend a few weeks brainstorming essay topics, you should now have a decent idea of the elements that you want to include in your admission essay. These things should include, but not be limited to, your milestone life experiences, future goals, unique attributes and non-academic acheivements and accomplishments. You should also have an overall idea on the type of impression that you would like to leave on the college admission offi [...]

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Brainstorming College Admission Essay Topics

Posted on July 30, 2015 in Admission Essay

The single most important part of the college admission essay is choosing a meaningful and important topic to write on. We recommend that you spend at least a week brainstorming ideas that you will write on. Many times, a college will give you a specific topic to write on - such as your most important academic acheivement, your biggest loss, etc. Other times, they will leave it open-ended and instead instruct you to write on anything that yo [...]

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