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Preparing For College
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College Tour - Winthrop University Recently, my wife and I have been working on preparing to send our daughter off to college in South Carolina. I have put together this resource page primarily for South Carolinians preparing for college. However, many of the listed resources are available for colleges anywhere in the United States. All of the resources below are FREE. Useful tips:

  • Start saving early for college
  • Complete the FAFSA application early in the year in which the student will begin attending college
  • Never Pay for a Scholarship or for a Scholarship Search
  • Never buy anything based on the promise of a scholarship
  • Never believe anything that says, “Millions of Dollars of Unused Scholarships”
  • Use your child's guidance counselor office to learn about "local" scholarships that may be available

    FAFSA - Free Application for Federal Student Aid
    The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (known as the FAFSA), is a form that can be filled out annually by current and anticipating university students to determine their eligibility for federal student financial aid (including Pell grants, Stafford loans, PLUS loans, and work-study programs). In addition, most states and schools use information from the FAFSA to award non-federal aid.
    FAFSA Overview - Wikipedia
    FAFSA Forecaster - Get a preliminary estimate for your child in High School Junior year or Senior Year prior to FAFSA final completion
    Federal Student Aid PIN

    Student Aid on the Web - U.S. Department of Education - official U.S. government web site designed for college students and their families

    South Carolina Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention & Advancement
    South Carolina Teachers Loan Program

    Paying For College (in SC) - Who, What, When, Where and How?
    Are You Ready? A Practical Guide to Planning & Paying for College

    South Carolina Hope Scholarship
    South Carolina Life Scholarship
    $1000 SC Scholarship Giveaway

    South Carolina Tuition Grants - Available only for S.C. Independent Colleges
    By submitting the FAFSA directly to the federal government and by listing the participating South Carolina independent college of your choice in the college choice section, the S.C. Tuition Grants Commission will be able to electronically receive your application from the federal government. The Commission will then use your application information to determine your eligibility for a South Carolina Tuition Grant.

    Finding Money for College 2009 - S.C. ETV

    South Carolina Pathways to Success - Personal Pathways to Success empowers youth and adults by making education relevant to their aspirations and abilities, promising a better economy and quality of life for everyone in South Carolina.
    South Carolina College & Career Planning System
    Mapping Your Future

    College Savings 101 Tutorial
    College Planning - | College Savings Calculator | Tuition Savings Calculator | 5 Minute Guide to Saving for College

    More Scholarships - Grants, Scholarships, Loans, Tax Breaks
    South Carolina College Aid
    Need A Lift - College Financial Aid Book by American Legion

    Find a College / University

    South Carolina Colleges and Universities
    South Carolina Colleges and Universities -
    College Search - College Board
    College Navigator - National Center for Education Statistics
    College Search -
    Counselor-O-Matic College Finder - Princeton Review

    Plan for College in South Carolina

    SC Future Scholars Program
    South Carolina Future Scholars
    South Carolina's 529 College Savings Plan offers earnings free of federal & state income taxes* and freedom from many of the restrictions that go along with other college savings alternatives. you get a deduction for contributions on your South Carolina tax return. Also, favorable tax estate treatment and account owner control over assets make the 529 plan a good choice for investors in a variety of circumstances.

    Future Scholars 529 Savings Plan Overview

    529 Plan Information/Evaluations:
    Saving For College * *

    Upromise - Join Upromise for free and let hundreds of America’s leading companies help you save for college

    Take the time to plan for your child's future.

    Consider College an Investment
    Did you know that, according to a 2007 College Board Study, Education Pays, people with a bachelor's degree earn over 60 percent more than those with only a high school diploma? Over a lifetime, the gap in earning potential between a high school diploma and a B.A. is more than $800,000. In other words, whatever sacrifices you make for your college education in the short term are more than repaid in the long term

  • Kids grow up fast
  • College is expensive
  • The time to start saving and planning is NOW
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