Category Archives: Funding College

Articles providing guidance in all aspects of funding college costs, including financial aid, scholarships, government loans and private financing.

Why good grades don’t pay for college

Using data to set parent and student expectations upfront is vital to the college planning process.  That is why at CPC before creating any suggested college list we meet with the parents to review the FAFSA, their expected financial contribution and a range of acceptable college costs to include savings, cash payments, and loans. Parents … Continue reading Why good grades don’t pay for college

Scholarship Statistics for Student Athletes

Thanks to research from Ohio University we are able to share recent and relevant information with our students and parents re college athletic scholarships. High school athletes often dream of nabbing a full athletic scholarship to the college of their choice.  Unfortunately, hard data highlights that its quite difficult for a student-athlete to achieve a full athletic … Continue reading Scholarship Statistics for Student Athletes

The most confusing thing about the FAFSA

The high cost of attending college today makes financial aid unavoidable for most students.  This means dealing with the lengthy and often complicated Free Application for Federal Student Aid, commonly known as the FAFSA. The form can be confusing- so much so that each year about 25% abandon the application mid-process, leaving any aid unclaimed.  … Continue reading The most confusing thing about the FAFSA

Eleven Misconceptions About Paying for College

It happens every year.  Parents are shocked that their student’s college didn’t award their student enough, or even any, financial aid.  Many went into the process of applying for financial aid with the wrong ideas of how it works.  Here is the truth about some of the most common misconceptions:   FAFSA doesn’t award financial … Continue reading Eleven Misconceptions About Paying for College

Ten Mistakes That Could Cost You Financial Aid

The FAFSA and CSS profile are complicated financial forms but they are the ticket to receiving needed financial aid for college.  Listed below are some of the common mistakes parents make which may cost them. Failing to file the FAFSA This is the “go to” form for most colleges and universities to determine the need … Continue reading Ten Mistakes That Could Cost You Financial Aid

The FAFSA and Work-Study Programs

One reason why students should complete the FAFSA even if they don’t think they’ll qualify for financial aid is that of the possibility of college work-study jobs. Work-study jobs require completion of the FAFSA and even if your EFC keeps you from receiving any federal grants, you could land a nice work-study job depending on … Continue reading The FAFSA and Work-Study Programs

Mid Shore Community Foundation College Scholarships Available For Application

The online application is now available at the Mid Shore Community Foundation’s website.   The Foundation administers a pooled scholarship program, which allows students to apply for multiple scholarships by completing one online application. The Mid-Shore Community Foundation post-secondary scholarships support Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot County traditional students. Scholarships are awarded almost exclusively … Continue reading Mid Shore Community Foundation College Scholarships Available For Application

Service Academy or ROTC? Same results so what’s the difference?

Most students who are seriously considering applying to one of the U.S. military academies also are encouraged to investigate the ROTC programs in colleges in universities.  The eligibility requirements are very similar for both options.  Both GPA and SAT/ ACT  standards are high; there is a rigorous physical exam for both, and there is an … Continue reading Service Academy or ROTC? Same results so what’s the difference?

Service Academies – Not Just A “Free” Education – A True Commitment

Some students choose an alternative route to their university education through the U.S. military academies. There are four federal military service academies the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, and the  U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in King’s Point, NY. As a … Continue reading Service Academies – Not Just A “Free” Education – A True Commitment

Reduce Your College Debt Through Early College Credit!

Some college students learned the secret of early college credit and harnessed its power to knock off a semester or even a year of college costs.  Want to discover this secret?  Thankfully, you don’t have to dig too deep, early college credit is available in several ways and all can be accomplished while your student … Continue reading Reduce Your College Debt Through Early College Credit!

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