Merit Aid

You Can’t Get Merit Scholarships From a College You Never Apply To

In a previous post, I defined Expected Family Contribution (EFC), how it works theoretically, and what happens in the real world. For…

1 year ago

50-50 Highlights: 105 Overlooked Colleges for National Merit Scholarships

(Updated 2023) The National Merit Scholarship® Program seems like a great opportunity for test savvy high school students and their families to…

1 year ago

Find Colleges with the Most Merit Scholarships in 4 Easy Steps

(For those looking for colleges with the most merit scholarships, I’m updating this post. Because I’ve updated the spreadsheet several…

2 years ago

Beware of Best Colleges Lists

Recently I was profiling Saint Michael's College in Vermont and learned about their Ski and Ride program for students. They…

2 years ago

4 Reasons People Don’t Pick Affordable Colleges

There are over 1,600 four-year public and private colleges in the United States. And guess what, they don’t all cost…

2 years ago

394 Colleges Awarding an Average $20,000+ College Scholarships to Freshmen

(Updated for 2021) For real. There are 394 colleges where the average college scholarship (institutional grant or merit) is over…

3 years ago

COVID-19 Wreck Your College Plans? Here’s the One Thing You Must Do

The excitement generated by acceptance letters so many high school seniors received before April 1 has morphed into anxiety if…

3 years ago

14 Unique Reasons to Attend SEC Schools Besides Sports

If big-time college sports are an important consideration for your college list, you'll need to take a look at the…

3 years ago

Largest College Endowments by State

Everyone wants to know if colleges are going to open next fall. Or rather if they are going to open…

4 years ago

Maybe You Can Get Money From a College You’ve Never Applied To

When talking to people about paying for college, one of my mantras is that you can’t get money from a…

4 years ago