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Scholarship Search Toolkit Part 3: State and More Scholarship Resources

Part 1: Keys to Success
Part 2: Scholarship Search Website Review
Part 3: State and More Scholarship Resources


State and More Website Resources

Scholarship Websites

dog with glasses reading about scholarship search toolkitsThese are websites that link to other scholarships. These are not search websites-they’re just lists of scholarships.

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Scholarship Search Toolkit Part 1: Keys to Success

Part 1: Keys to Success
Part 2: Scholarship Search Website Review
Part 3: State and More Scholarship Resources


Key and dollar sign keyhole representing key to scholarship searchThe Scholarship Search Toolkit contains everything you need to begin searching for scholarships. Ultimately, you may decide to buy a book to help you out or find more a more useful resource than one listed here. But this is the ideal way to stop wondering what to do about scholarships and just get started.

It’s a lot of information. I’ve been revising this now for four years to make sure it includes the latest information so you can search in the way best for your situation. Therefore, I’ve divided it up into three sections to make it easier to read on the web.

Keys to a Successful Scholarship Search

If you’re serious about trying to pay for college by applying for scholarships, you need to understand that this will require researching hundreds of scholarships and actually submitting applications for dozens. In other words, it will be a lot work. Continue reading

What if it didn’t matter what college you went to?

student walking on road representing if college mattersIt’s the new year and I’m in a sort of philosophical mood. I just finished reviewing the most popular posts on my Facebook page and it got me thinking–what if it didn’t matter what college you went to? Because it seems to me that the posts that get the most traction have to do with making sure your kid is successful but it doesn’t necessarily mean going to the most prestigious college. So try it as a thought experiment, how would your student’s (and your family’s) life be different if it didn’t matter which college your student went to? Continue reading

12 Days of Christmas 2017: Day 12

12 days of christmas(I’m taking a break from regular blogging and newsletters during the holidays. Hope you enjoy the DIY College Rankings version of the 12 Days of Christmas.)

On the twelfth day of Christmas, DIY College Rankings wrote to me:

The twelve most viewed Frequently Asked Questions for the year.

What is a Tier 1 school? (university or college)

Do I Need to Take Both the SAT and ACT?

What is a flagship university?

What is a Public Ivy?

If my EFC is 0 does that mean I can go to college for free?

What are the different college calendar types?

How many times should a student take the SAT or ACT?

Can I go to college with less than a 3.0 high school GPA?

Do I need to be admitted to a college before I can apply for financial aid?

What is a good ACT score?

I won’t qualify for financial aid, why should I fill out the FAFSA?

What is self-help financial aid?


I know not everyone can or needs to buy my college search spreadsheets.

But if you’ve found my website useful this past year and are in the position to provide some financial support, I would sincerely appreciate it.

You can use the button below to pay to help support the content I create on this website.

And if you can’t afford to contribute, please share this website whenever you have chance.

Thanks for your continued support and best wishes for the new year.

Michelle

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12 Days of Christmas 2017: Day 11

(I’m taking a break from regular blogging and newsletters during the holidays. Hope you enjoy the DIY College Rankings version of the 12 Days of Christmas.)

On the eleventh day of Christmas, DIY College Rankings wrote to me:

Eleven colleges to check out. The following were the 11 most popular 50-50 colleges on the website.

James Madison University

Miami University-Oxford

The College of Wooster

Santa Clara University

Rutgers University-New Brunswick

University of Alabama

Marquette University

University of Tennessee

University of Redlands

Loras College

Emmanuel College


I know not everyone can or needs to buy my college search spreadsheets.

But if you’ve found my website useful this past year and are in the position to provide some financial support, I would sincerely appreciate it.

You can use the button below to pay to help support the content I create on this website.

And if you can’t afford to contribute, please share this website whenever you have chance.

Thanks for your continued support and best wishes for the new year.

Michelle

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12 Days of Christmas 2017: Day 10

12 days of christmas day 10(I’m taking a break from regular blogging and newsletters during the holidays. Hope you enjoy the DIY College Rankings version of the 12 Days of Christmas.)

On the tenth day of Christmas, DIY College Rankings wrote to me:

Ten ways to contribute to student debt.

10 Things Parents Do That Increase College Student Debt

If you don’t have the money talk, your student may never apply to the colleges that would provide the needed scholarships. So you take out loans instead.

The 10 Worst Colleges – Do It Yourself College Rankings

 Prioritizing rankings over affordability is a good way to contribute to student debt.


I know not everyone can or needs to buy my college search spreadsheets.

But if you’ve found my website useful this past year and are in the position to provide some financial support, I would sincerely appreciate it.

You can use the button below to pay to help support the content I create on this website.

And if you can’t afford to contribute, please share this website whenever you have chance.

Thanks for your continued support and best wishes for the new year.

Michelle

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12 Days of Christmas 2017: Day 9

12 days of christmas(I’m taking a break from regular blogging and newsletters during the holidays. Hope you enjoy the DIY College Rankings version of the 12 Days of Christmas.)

On the ninth day of Christmas, DIY College Rankings wrote to me:

Nine ways to improve your opportunities.

9 Ways to Expand Your College Education Through Off-Campus Study and Exchanges

Off-campus study programs can help you establish contacts in distant cities for internships or job opportunities. They can provide you the chance to try something different without having to commit to four years at one campus.

9 Resources for Creating Your Own Softball or Baseball Recruiting Video

If you have a video camera, a video stand, and a basic editing program, you can create your own video that will be perfectly fine for college baseball or softball recruiting.

9 Ways to Improve Your Chances of Playing College Baseball

These aren’t about improving specific baseball skills, although that may happen. It’s about giving you the edge over another player who has the exact same stats and ability ratings as you do.


I know not everyone can or needs to buy my college search spreadsheets.

But if you’ve found my website useful this past year and are in the position to provide some financial support, I would sincerely appreciate it.

You can use the button below to pay to help support the content I create on this website.

And if you can’t afford to contribute, please share this website whenever you have chance.

Thanks for your continued support and best wishes for the new year.

Michelle

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12 Days of Christmas 2017: Day 8

12 days of christmas day 8(I’m taking a break from regular blogging and newsletters during the holidays. Hope you enjoy the DIY College Rankings version of the 12 Days of Christmas.)

On the eighth day of Christmas, DIY College Rankings wrote to me:

Eight college admissions money tips.

8 Things Parents Must Know About Paying for College

The most competitive colleges offer few, if any, academic scholarships.

8 Ways Showcase Camps Can Be a Waste of Money

Attending a camp without knowing what coaches will be present is a waste of money.


I know not everyone can or needs to buy my college search spreadsheets.

But if you’ve found my website useful this past year and are in the position to provide some financial support, I would sincerely appreciate it.

You can use the button below to pay to help support the content I create on this website.

And if you can’t afford to contribute, please share this website whenever you have chance.

Thanks for your continued support and best wishes for the new year.

Michelle

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12 Days of Christmas 2017: Day 7

12 Days of Christmas DAy 7(I’m taking a break from regular blogging and newsletters during the holidays. Hope you enjoy the DIY College Rankings version of the 12 Days of Christmas.)

On the seventh day of Christmas, DIY College Rankings wrote to me:

Seven things you should know in college admissions.

7 Things You Need to Know When Looking for College Scholarships

Approximately 7 percent of undergraduate students received private scholarships, with an average value of $1,982.

7 Things to Look for to Find a Good College

Finding colleges you like and worrying about how you will pay for them later is a bad idea.

7 Steps to a Smarter College List

Even if finances aren’t a primary consideration, most people don’t do a very good job of creating a college list.


I know not everyone can or needs to buy my college search spreadsheets.

But if you’ve found my website useful this past year and are in the position to provide some financial support, I would sincerely appreciate it.

You can use the button below to pay to help support the content I create on this website.

And if you can’t afford to contribute, please share this website whenever you have chance.

Thanks for your continued support and best wishes for the new year.

Michelle

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