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It’s said that choosing where to go to college is one of the most important decisions a high school senior makes, and this year, that seems truer than ever. It’s not just where you decide to go to college – it’s when, and if, and a whole host of other questions. Much research has been done on what high school seniors might choose to do in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. But now is the time to reflect on what seniors can do, especially as National Decision Day looms on the horizon. At Scholarships.com, we want to help high school seniors feel empowered in these novel times. Below, we outline what your choices are and how to enact them.

College Decision Options for High School Seniors

April 28, 2020 8:33 AM
by Izzy Hall
It’s said that choosing where to go to college is one of the most important decisions a high school senior makes, and this year, that seems truer than ever. It’s not just where you decide to go to
Traditionally, May 1 is National Decision Day, the deadline by which high school seniors commit to their desired college or university by signing their Letters of Intent to enroll. This year, due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, many colleges have postponed the deadline until June 1. Most students will have received their college admissions acceptance letters by April 1 and the good news is that this deadline extension gives them some extra time in making presumably the biggest decision of their current lives. Now that you may have some more time to deliberate on which college you'd like to attend, quickly run through these checklists to ensure you're truly ready for the big day!

May 1 is National Decision Day 2020

April 24, 2020 10:21 AM
by Susan Dutca-Lovell
Traditionally, May 1 is National Decision Day, the deadline by which high school seniors commit to their desired college or university by signing their Letters of Intent to enroll. This year, due to
A month ago, it may have felt that the only thing in deficit at the store were toilet paper rolls. Now, as people's routine grooming schedules have been put on hold, many are taking matters into their own hands by becoming at-home stylists. With clippers being one of the newer hot items, it brings a newfound appreciation and begs the question: How has the coronavirus impacted beauty schools and its cosmetology students? Fortunately, they're all in for a financial makeover.

Stimulus Aid for Beauty Schools, Cosmetology Students

April 23, 2020 11:21 AM
by Susan Dutca-Lovell
A month ago, it may have felt that the only thing in deficit at the store were toilet paper rolls. Now, as people's routine grooming schedules have been put on hold, many are taking matters into
True love - at least for college-bound high school seniors and current college students - comes in the form of free college financial aid, especially during the month of February. This February is Financial Aid Awareness Month 2020, and Scholarships.com celebrates it with the rest of the higher education community by helping students and families navigate the college financial aid process and educating them about access to federal, state, and institutional college financial aid.

To help students strengthen their financial aid literacy, higher education institutions and organizations host webinars, field questions on social media and host weekly topics that allow parents and students to ask questions about college scholarships, college grants, FAFSA, student loans, and other ways to pay for college. During this upcoming Financial Aid Awareness Month, Scholarships.com will do what it has always done best. We'll be offering the best college scholarship opportunities and college scholarship information out there. As we see it, high school scholarships and college scholarships are the best types of college financial aid because they do not need to be repaid. To help kick off Financial Aid Awareness Month, Scholarships.com put together a list of high school and college student financial aid resources that you'll love.

Financial Aid Awareness Month - February 2020 Edition

January 30, 2020 10:42 AM
by Scholarships.com Staff
True love - at least for college-bound high school seniors and current college students - comes in the form of free college financial aid, especially during the month of February. This February is
First-time community college students in California may be able to get a discounted, or even free college education thanks to a new California College Promise law. The point of the program is to create the environment and alignment that will help students finish college.

Community College Comp'd in California?

October 17, 2017 9:12 AM
by Susan Dutca-Lovell
First-time community college students in California may be able to get a discounted, or even free college education thanks to a new "California College Promise" law. The point of the program is to

    May 1st is National College Decision Day! There are so many colleges from which to choose and a lot of students are applying to several schools, some even more than a dozen. Naturally, the cost of college will be a major deciding factor for many of you and continuing to find outside scholarships could be very helpful to most. Students are wary of taking out too many student loans and possibly even forego a more prestigious school in favor for a less expensive college if they fear they won't able to afford the tuition without taking on enormous student debt. One way to avoid doing this and help make college affordable is by applying to free college scholarships. There's no reason you shouldn’t be able to attend your dream college - you still have time to pocket some free college scholarship money before heading off to college!

National Decision Day 2017 College Scholarships

May 1, 2017 4:13 PM
by Susan Dutca-Lovell
May 1st is National College Decision Day! There are so many colleges from which to choose and a lot of students are applying to several schools, some even more than a dozen. Naturally, the cost

    May 1st is National College Decision Day! There are so many colleges from which to choose and a lot of students are applying to several schools, some even more than a dozen. Naturally, the cost of college will be a major deciding factor for many of you and continuing to find outside scholarships could be very helpful to most. Students are wary of taking out too many student loans and possibly even forego a more prestigious school in favor for a less expensive college if they fear they won't able to afford the tuition without taking on enormous student debt. One way to avoid doing this and help make college affordable is by applying to free college scholarships. There's no reason you shouldn’t be able to attend your dream college - you still have time to pocket some free college scholarship money before heading off to college!

National Decision Day 2017 College Scholarships

May 1, 2017 4:13 PM
by Susan Dutca-Lovell
May 1st is National College Decision Day! There are so many colleges from which to choose and a lot of students are applying to several schools, some even more than a dozen. Naturally, the cost
It seems like to get into college these days students have to be involved in nearly everything: sports, debate team, internships, nonprofit volunteering, honor societies, part time jobs…the list of potential activities goes on. But how do you describe yourself adequately without breaking the cardinal rule of the college essay: Do Not Regurgitate Your Resume? Here’s a little metaphor to help break it down.

Mom’s Famous Spaghetti

August 17, 2015
by Emily Rabinowitz
It seems like to get into college these days students have to be involved in nearly everything: sports, debate team, internships, nonprofit volunteering, honor societies, part time jobs…the list of
There are three common options for submitting your application to college. Early decision is a binding agreement stating that if you are accepted you will attend that school regardless of the cost or which program you are accepted to. Early action is simply submitting you application early and receiving your decision earlier. Regular decision is when you submit your application on the normal deadline and hear back in the spring.

Early Decision, Early Action or Regular Decision?

August 10, 2015
by Emily Rabinowitz
There are three common options for submitting your application to college. Early decision is a binding agreement stating that if you are accepted you will attend that school regardless of the cost or
Picking a college is hard enough on its own, but deciding what to major in can be even more challenging. Your major helps you find your future career, which is daunting, but don’t worry too much. Many students will end up changing their mind on what major to pursue at one point or another.   The back and forth decision beings it’s in high school while trying to decide what school to go to and even carries into a student’s college career.

Strategy for Picking a Major

July 30, 2015
by Erica Lewis
Picking a college is hard enough on its own, but deciding what to major in can be even more challenging. Your major helps you find your future career, which is daunting, but don’t worry too much.
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