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Earlier this week the University of California system agreed to remove SAT and ACT test scores entirely from their admissions and financial aid process. This decision is the result of a court case that the UC schools lost and will affect all nine UC campuses across the state of California.

No More SAT or ACT at University of California Schools

May 20, 2021 10:50 AM
by Izzy Hall
Earlier this week the University of California system agreed to remove SAT and ACT test scores entirely from their admissions and financial aid process. This decision is the result of a court case
After all the essays, letters of recommendation and entrance exams are finally done, college applicants may find one question creeping up in their minds: What now? Below are our recommendations on how spend your time after applying to colleges.

Our Post-College Applications To-Do List

April 27, 2021 8:29 AM
by Scholarships.com Staff
After all the essays, letters of recommendation and entrance exams are finally done, college applicants may find one question creeping up in their minds: What now? Below are our recommendations on
Test-optional admissions defined the college application season for 2021, and lead to many competitive schools seeing record application numbers. A few colleges and universities that adopted the policy during the pandemic have decided to continue test-optional admissions for the foreseeable future. Other institutions are waiting for hard data to make a decision on whether to keep test-optional admissions or return to requiring SAT and ACT scores as was standard for college admissions before COVID-19. A new study reveals some positive trends for schools that went test-optional prior to pandemic.

New Study Shows Benefits to Test-Optional Admissions

April 20, 2021 8:41 AM
by Izzy Hall
Test-optional admissions defined the college application season for 2021, and lead to many competitive schools seeing record application numbers. A few colleges and universities that adopted the
When students hear back from colleges in the coming weeks, they may not get a firm acceptance or rejection, but rather get put on the wait list. Getting waitlisted is a normal part of the college admissions process, but some experts say that this year the wait list could turn into the longest it has ever been. A combination of the effects of the coronavirus on colleges, changes in application policies and an increase in applications at top colleges may contribute to a difficult wait list period.

The Longest Wait List Ever? What to Expect

March 31, 2021 3:09 PM
by Izzy Hall
When students hear back from colleges in the coming weeks, they may not get a firm acceptance or rejection, but rather get put on the wait list. Getting waitlisted is a normal part of the college
March is the first month students may hear back from colleges they applied to during regular admission. Whether an acceptance letter comes in the mail or through an online portal, the excitement of being accepted into college is tangible. What may be less tangible is understanding how you and your family will pay for college. A new best-selling book aims to help untangle the process.

Book Shines Light on Navigating College Costs

March 4, 2021 4:00 PM
by Izzy Hall
March is the first month students may hear back from colleges they applied to during regular admission. Whether an acceptance letter comes in the mail or through an online portal, the excitement of
Here at Scholarships.com, we connect students with scholarships that can help alleviate the amount of student loans they need to take out to pay for college. But there are colleges out there that offer students such generous financial aid packages that they need to take out very little in loans if at all. These “no student loans” colleges replace student loans in financial aid packages with additional scholarships and grants to help fund a student’s tuition. Students accepted into these schools will pay much less than the cost of tuition and thus will not be as burdened with student debt.

Avoid Student Debt at Colleges with No Student Loans

February 25, 2021 2:08 PM
by Izzy Hall
Here at Scholarships.com, we connect students with scholarships that can help alleviate the amount of student loans they need to take out to pay for college. But there are colleges out there that
The Common App essay, or personal statement, has been the bane of high school seniors for years. Students spend time crafting, editing and reworking their essay to not only meet the strict character limit but also so that their writing highlights their strengths and accomplishments. Though the essay has always been important in college admissions, in years past admissions officials usually put more weight on ACT and/or SAT scores. But with so many colleges going test-optional this admissions cycle, the Common App essay is likely to become more important than ever as admissions staff are moving towards a qualitative assessment of applications.

Tips for Tackling Any Common App Essay Prompt

November 10, 2020 1:22 PM
by Izzy Hall
The Common App essay, or personal statement, has been the bane of high school seniors for years. Students spend time crafting, editing and reworking their essay to not only meet the strict character
With college application season in full swing, it’s no surprise that November is National Scholarship Month – and there’s no better place to look for scholarships than Scholarships.com. But what’s all the hype about scholarships? And why use Scholarships.com’s free scholarship search to help you find them? It’s simple: Scholarships help you pay for college with no strings attached – and Scholarships.com can quickly and easily match you to personalized scholarship opportunities with a free scholarship search.

National Scholarship Month is Here

November 4, 2020 10:10 AM
by Izzy Hall
With college application season in full swing, it’s no surprise that November is National Scholarship Month – and there’s no better place to look for scholarships than Scholarships.com. But what’s
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