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September 16: Education News We're Reading This Week

Posted by Amber Styles on Sep 16, 2016 3:39:37 PM

September 16, 2016 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. Popular articles criticize school funding formulas and the lack of state support for higher education.

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Topics: funding college, low income, high school, Friday Roundup,, JKCF in the News

Getting Smart Features Nara Lee's Scholarship and College Pathway Tips

Posted by Amber Styles on May 9, 2016 1:02:11 PM

In a new blog for Getting Smart's GenDIY series (short for Generation Do-It-Yourself), the Cooke Foundation's manager of outreach Nara Lee shares detailed advice for college-bound students. Lee's experience as an educational adviser, application reviewer, and scholarship recruiter contribute to her insider's perspective on applying for scholarships, avoiding scams, and producing strong essays.

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Topics: tips for college application, funding college, college search resources, Scholars, college success, JKCF in the News

May 6: Education News We're Reading This Week

Posted by Amber Styles on May 6, 2016 4:14:10 PM

May 6, 2016Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. Funding issues and inequalities from kindergarten through college were the major focuses of conversations this week.

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Topics: funding college, low income, college access, Friday Roundup,, JKCF in the News

November 6: Education News We're Reading this Week

Posted by Amber Styles on Nov 6, 2015 4:42:15 PM

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Topics: funding college, college cost, Friday Roundup,, JKCF in the News

Nara Lee's Top 3 Tips for Maximizing Your Financial Aid

Posted by Amber Styles on Oct 13, 2015 11:47:06 AM

Presenters from the NSPA panel on Broadening Scholarship Opportunities for Underrepresented Students. From left: Caroline Harper, UNCF; Yvonne Berumen, HSF; Nara Lee, JKCF; Glenn Milewski, College Board; and Cecilia Marshall, APIASF.

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Topics: tips for college application, funding college, financial aid, Tips, application, college access, college cost

October 9: Education News We're Reading This Week

Posted by Amber Styles on Oct 9, 2015 4:12:42 PM

October 9, 2015Our weekly roundup of the biggest stories you might have missed!

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Topics: funding college, low income, Friday Roundup,, JKCF in the News

New Tool to Help Students Find Financial Aid Resources State by State

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Sep 8, 2014 11:16:00 AM

We believe it’s imperative that high-achieving, low-income students have financial resources that enable them to develop their academic and artistic interests. Our own Jack Kent Cooke Foundation scholarship programs are obviously one of the most important ways we do that, but we can’t fund every deserving student who applies.

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Topics: Scholarship, funding college, financial aid, financial need

7 Simple Spring Semester College Prep Strategies for High School Juniors

Posted by Elizabeth Davidson on Mar 4, 2014 3:47:00 PM

“Where will you go to college?”  Individually, these six words are seemingly simple, but collectively they can pose a daunting challenge.  High school juniors may believe this question can be delayed until senior year, but much can be done now to lay the groundwork to college discovery.  As juniors embark on their spring semesters, here are seven simple strategies to get started:

 

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Topics: Young Scholars, College Scholarship, funding college, Tips, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, JKCF, educational advisers, college readiness, high school juniors

10 Great Advice Sites for Filling out the FAFSA

Posted by Elizabeth Davidson on Feb 10, 2014 3:20:00 PM

One can never get enough information about the FAFSA during FAFSA season.  Here are 10 terrific advice sites to give you detailed information about filling out the FAFSA as well as information about financial aid.

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Topics: funding college, financial aid, Tips, FAFSA

How to Predict the Cost of College

Posted by Elizabeth Davidson on Feb 5, 2014 12:56:00 PM


We’ve written before on this blog about the little-known fact that colleges with the highest list prices often offer the most in terms of scholarships and financial aid, potentially making them financially the most affordable college option for high-achieving, low-income students. Combine this with the recent news about encouraging high-achieving, low-income to apply to highly-selective schools, the question still remains about the higher education price tag.

A tool has been created by Wellesley College called Wellesley’s Quick College Cost Estimator. Using nine pieces of information, including six pieces of anonymous financial information, the tool offers an estimated parental financial contribution and the range in which the final contribution is likely to fall. The calculator asks for the students’ citizenship status, family living arrangement, number of siblings simultaneously in college, annual family income, approximate value of home, size of remaining mortgage, amount of retirement savings, amount of cash savings, and amount of other investment holdings. It’s comprehensive to say the least.

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Topics: funding college, college search resources, Tips, college cost

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