Keys To Finding And Getting College Scholarships

Those who work hardest, win. From preparing for college throughout high school, to searching, applying and competing for scholarships, hard work is the key to success. Being more efficient in using the tools available kicks that hard work up a notch above your competition. Here are resources and advice on how to use them in the college scholarship process: [Read more...]

What You Need To Know About College Grants

The first place to put your best foot forward for financial aid consideration with the school of your dreams is during the application and interview process. The second place is in your FAFSA submission, which we provided tips about last month. If you haven’t completed your FAFSA yet, be sure to attend your state’s College Goal Sunday event – being held around the country in late January/early February. But don’t forget about your prospective school’s Financial Aid Administrator. You can have their ear to state your case and raise any concerns about your aid package. Here is some insight to help you know how they can help you, thanks to a conversation with Jonathan Wexler, VP of Enrollment Management for Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU). [Read more...]

Don’t Just Sit There! How to Get Ready For the FAFSA

If you are interested in enrolling in an American college or university for the next Fall semester and require financial assistance, you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) sometime in the first six months of the new year. Timing is everything. Although you cannot apply any sooner than January 1st, that doesn’t mean there aren’t things you can be doing right now to be better positioned than less organized applicants. This means you can file a clean application earlier than others, improving your position in the money line. Here are some suggestions to make this happen. [Read more...]

Ways to Motivate Children to Read

Reading goes hand in hand with creating. The importance of reading is to understand the arc of a story and how to convey information, lessons and emotions. To inspire reading sometimes you need to involve your children in the creative process behind a book. How it is made, the story it tells. The more they know about the components, the more excited they will be to experience the journey themselves. Children learn in a variety of ways so here are some different ideas to inspire a love of reading inside of them. [Read more...]

Top 14 Ways College Students Can Easily Save Money

Some people go to College for a few years only to spend the rest of their life paying back their debts. With the economy still quite shaky, people should look for any way and every way to save money, especially while in school.

We’ve compiled just a few top suggestions on how students can save money this fall. [Read more...]

10 Hacks for Getting the Kids Off to School in the Morning with Your Sanity Intact

If you’re like most parents, the peaceful moment after getting your kids on the school bus is your favorite time of the day. Fighting and tantrums regarding unfinished homework, breakfast choices and that ugly purple shirt can get the day off to bad start for all involved.  Fear not, a peaceful morning is just a few hacks away.

1. Wake Up 30 Minutes Before Your Kids

Parents like to sleep late. We day dream about the days before kids when we could sleep as late as we want without having to wake to coordinate backpacks and referee arguments. Still, waking up at the same time as the kids will only create more confusion and chaos. When you’re awake before the kids you can take some time to have a cup of coffee and prepare for the impending chaos. Parents who wake early get to take their time in the bathroom without rushing and prepare for the morning already having shaken away the morning cobwebs. This puts them in a better mood when the kids wake and keeps the crankiness at bay. [Read more...]