76 Best Bets for College Merit Aid

Money from faucet representing best bets for merit aidAre you serious about looking for an affordable education at a good college? Don’t think you’ll qualify for any significant financial aid? Then it’s time to begin looking beyond the rankings and paying attention to the data that tells you how much money schools […]

50-50 Highlights: 42 Public Colleges for Merit Aid

Piggy bank on calculator representing best public colleges for merit aid(I’ve updated this list. It started with 46 in 2015, 33 at the end of 2016, and now an increase to 42.)
Merit scholarships from colleges aren’t simply a way for schools to reward students for accomplishments, it’s part of the supply and […]

36 Best Bets for Test Optional Merit Aid

dollar signs on chalk board representing best options for test optional colleges merit aidThink because you’re a miserable test taker, you don’t have a chance at merit aid? Maybe not. If you’re willing to step away from the limelight of prestige and top 50 college rankings, you can find some […]

FAQ: What is merit aid?

Post-it note asking What is merit aid?Merit aid refers to college awarded financial aid that is not based on financial need. The most commonly recognized form of merit aid is the scholarship. Scholarships may be awarded for academic skills or achievements based on talents such as athletic, artistic, or leadership. […]

7 Ways to Compare Colleges

couple sitting on sofa reading about the 7 ways to compare collegesIf you have kids old enough for you to be thinking about the college admissions process and how you’ll pay for it, you also need to be thinking about how you’re going to compare the colleges. Because the fact is that […]