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Episode 77: How Do Families “Stuck in the Middle” Afford College

June 15, 2021

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You don’t qualify for need-based aid so what next? There is so much data out there but where and how do families start? The data is overwhelming and it takes forever to sift through to find relevant information that is timely. There are merit scholarships offered directly by colleges your student can apply for. My Kid’s College Choice helps families who are “caught in the middle” find affordable colleges and navigate through the college search process.

Key Takeaways:

  • College fit consists of three components: financial, academic, and social. Assess the financial fit to avoid disappointments down the line.
  • How to gather the data to know what scholarships and merit aid are available at schools.
  • Full ride and full-tuition merit scholarships offered by colleges around the country are available on the Full Scholarship list.
  • Merit scholarship list is available at 1500 colleges. Check out the link below.
  • Do not get hung up on the name-brand schools. There are so many really good schools out there so open your mind to other options.
  • Where you go to college is not as important as what you accomplish during your college experience.

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Meet Wendy Nelson

Wendy Nelson is the founder of mykidscollegechoice.com and meritscholarshiplist.com. She started My Kid’s College Choice in 2012 to blog about her experience with her oldest daughter’s college search process. She soon discovered a passion for helping other families like hers, who would not qualify for need-based financial aid, but didn’t have enough savings or cash flow for 4 years of college for multiple kids. This passion, along with her analytical skills, led her to publish the Full Scholarship List, a listing of full-ride and full-tuition merit scholarships offered by colleges around the U.S., starting in 2014. From there, she took on the challenge of creating a database of all merit scholarships offered by colleges around the U.S. and launched the Merit Scholarship List website, a searchable database of merit scholarships offered directly by colleges, in 2015. Through these tools and her Upside Down College Search process, she continues to help families make college more affordable.

Thank you Wendy for joining us to educate us on ways to locate merit aid and full and partial scholarships available for college-bound students. College fit consists of three components: financial, academic, and social. Assess the financial fit early on in the college admissions journey to avoid disappointments down the line. Do not get hung up on the name-brand schools. There are so many really good schools out there so open your mind to other options. 

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