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Be aware of scholarship scams that ask for fees or “guarantee” that you will receive a scholarship. Billions of dollars in legitimate scholarships, which have no application fees, go unused each year. A great deal of this funding remains unutilized because researching and applying for these scholarships requires a great deal of work—more work than most high school students have time to complete. However, we hope that some of the information listed on this page inspires students, parents, clubs, or community organizations to begin identifying the billions of dollars available to assist students in financing the cost of their college education.

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Visit the Harvard Financial-Aid Office. To learn more about Harvard’s initiatives to decrease parental contribution and private student loans while increasing needs based Harvard Scholarships.

Building on the success of the Harvard Financial Aid Initiative (HFAI), which eliminated the parental contribution from families earning $60,000 or less, Harvard recently announced major financial aid enhancements to ensure greater affordability for middle and upper-middle income families

Beginning in the 2008-09 academic year, parents with incomes of $180,000 or less will be asked to contribute significantly less to the cost of a Harvard education. Additionally, home equity will no longer be considered in determining a family’s ability to contribute financially. In addition, students will not be expected to take out private loans to cover the cost of their education. Instead, these will be replaced by need-based Harvard scholarships.

Brown University Gives Students a Break

This Ivy League school's governing board said grants will be substituted for loans for families that make less than $100,000 per year. Parents who earn less than $60,000 will also no longer be expected to make a financial contribution to fund their child's education at Brown. Harvard, Princeton and Stanford are among the schools that have recently replaced student loans with grants.

Planning and Preparing for College Scholarship Blog

The Planning and Preparing for College Scholarship Blog provides a wealth of information pertaining to scholarships and internships. We encourage you to visit daily and post information.

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Sallie Mae Fund Scholarships

Sallie Mae sponsors several scholarship programs and supports hundreds of college scholarships. All of these scholarship programs are based on financial need; The Fund seeks to bridge the dollar gap when no one else can.

With an estimated $3 billion in private scholarships awarded nationally each year, The Fund aims to send the message that money is available to those who make the effort to apply. Since 2001, the Sallie Mae Fund has awarded more than $14.3 million in scholarships to more than 5,700 students.

For the 2008-2009 academic year, nearly $2 million in college scholarships were awarded to nearly 800 students nationwide. Sallie Mae Fund Scholarship Search: Start your scholarship research early by visiting the SallieMae Scholarship Search web site.

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USDA/1890 National Scholars Program:

This program is a partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Institutions. The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program will provide full tuition, employment, employee benefits, fees, and the use of a laptop, printer, various software, and books. While on scholarship, room and board is provided for 4 years to students pursuing a bachelor's degree at selected colleges.

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Did you know that students who never apply for scholarships still receive thousands of dollars in scholarship money? Colleges and Universities have scholarships and grants that students qualify for based on GPAs, SAT/ACT scores, students′ unique gifts and talents (i.e., athletics, music, dance, leadership), and family income. It is critically important that students research potential colleges and the variety or scholarship and grant programs that they offer. Do you have a scholarship opportunity that you would like to share?

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