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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
Back in September, a few colleges who had already adopted a test-optional policy for the current admissions cycle announced that they would be awarding merit scholarships without the need for applicants to submit test scores. Since then, more and more colleges and universities have quietly adopted test-optional merit aid policies to complement their currently test-optional admissions.

More Schools Adopting Test-Optional Merit Aid

March 2, 2021 1:22 PM
by Izzy Hall
Back in September, a few colleges who had already adopted a test-optional policy for the current admissions cycle announced that they would be awarding merit scholarships without the need for
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
When you apply to a college, it is important to consider not just what you’ll include in your application but also when you’ll submit it. About 450 colleges offer Early Decision applications, and for many schools their Early Decision deadline is November 1st. How does Early Decision work, and how has the coronavirus impacted it?

Early Decision Deadlines Around the Corner

October 27, 2020 2:28 PM
by Izzy Hall
When you apply to a college, it is important to consider not just what you’ll include in your application but also when you’ll submit it. About 450 colleges offer Early Decision applications, and for
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