Category Archives: Financial Aid

HBCU Spotlight – Howard University

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have served a vital and transformative role in the history of America. Many of this country’s most prominent civil rights activists, politicians, actors, scientists, scholars, and public figures attended or taught at HBCUs, and … Continue reading

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HBCU Spotlight – Morehouse College

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have served a vital and transformative role in the history of America. Many of this country’s most prominent civil rights activists, politicians, actors, scientists, scholars, and public figures attended or taught at HBCUs, and … Continue reading

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Be a National Merit Scholar! Part IV – What Now?

The time has finally come. You’ve found out what your PSAT scores are. Did you score well enough to make the cut? The truth is that PSAT cutoff scores vary from state to state and change from year to year, … Continue reading

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Be a National Merit Scholar! Part III – Scholarship & Opportunities

Incentive is the mother of motivation, and the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT) is no exception; one of the most obvious reasons students compete so desperately to become National Merit Scholars is the financial reward that accompanies such an … Continue reading

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Pay for College – Perkins Loans

We have discussed several different types of financial aid commonly available to undergraduate students trying to pay for college: Pell Grants, Stafford Loans, and Direct PLUS loans. Another type of loan available to students with financial need is the Perkins … Continue reading

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Paying for College: Part III – Direct PLUS loan

So far we have discussed two different types of financial aid: Pell Grants and Stafford Loans. For students attending local city or state universities these two types of aid might actually cover the bulk of your financial needs. However, students who intend on going to … Continue reading

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Paying for College: Part II – Stafford Loans

College Compass is happy to present the second installment of our “Paying for College” series: Stafford loans. Last time, we focused our discussion on Pell Grants, a highly sought-after kind of financial aid reserved only for those students who need … Continue reading

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Pay for College – Pell Grants

A lagging job market and the increasing cost of a higher education have made it more difficult for undergraduate students to pay for college; for many, financial aid is now a necessary and unfortunate aspect of the college experience. While … Continue reading

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Be a National Merit Scholar! Part II – What Does it Take to be a Finalist?

If you scored well enough on the PSAT in October, you will be notified of your status (whether you are a Commended Student or Semifinalist), via your high school, in September of the following year. Receiving any kind of commendation … Continue reading

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Be a National Merit Scholar! Part I – Qualifications and Overview

Every year approximately millions of students participate in the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT), otherwise known as the Preliminary SAT or PSAT. Of these students, approximately fifty five thousand students will score high enough to be recognized by the National Merit … Continue reading

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