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Scholarship Trends

Parents often tell me that applying for college scholarship and grant money is a waste of time because "we both work so our income is probably too high to qualify for anything." Parents often think that all scholarships and grants are need based. The good news is that there are scholarships and grants related to a wide variety of student qualification other than need.
Foundations, businesses, colleges, community organizations and professional and trade associations are offering scholarships to students:
  • planning to major in high demand career areas such as science, technology and engineering,
  • who volunteer,
  • who are leaders,
  • whose parents have been in certain associations, branches of the military or career fields
  • who are members of organizations
It is important for parents of high school seniors to complete a FAFSA in order to be eligible for many merit and other non-need based scholarships. No matter how high your income is, it is a good idea to complete the FAFSA in January or February of 2014. It is also important to tell your teen to look for merit based scholarships for which they can apply. Many scholarships for fall 2014 have a due date in December 2013 and January-March of 2014.

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