Before, During & After – Just Thinking

Before, During & After – Just Thinking

The idea of considering college after high school is a process that all students and families will encounter. Learning the paths, a student can explore should begin in middle school and be cultivated during their high school years. Finding one’s path to college, work and financial independence is not a one size fits all quest.


Colleges and universities continue opt out of requiring SAT’s & ACT test scores for admissions. However, most institutions continue to require national testing scores when awarding merit-based scholarships. Students interested in applying for merit aid should check with their school of interest. (Colleges Test Optional/Test Optional for Merit Aid)


Colleges and universities provide more than 70% of all tuition assistance; merit scholarships and need based assistance.  Merit scholarships reward students for their high school performance (academic, athletic and performing arts) and personal character. Need based financial aid attempts to assist students and families who demonstrate financial need.  Colleges use both types of resources to encourage students to consider their institution. It is not uncommon for students and parents to appeal their offers. Tuition assistance is key to making a choice that is not only affordable but the right fit!!


Time invested – Time Rewarded!

Private philanthropic donors, companies and organizations provide scholarships to first year and returning students attending public, private and community colleges. Criteria, eligibility and deadlines vary from program to program. Listed below are several nationally recognized sites to conduct individualized searches.

Sampling of Programs: