Posts by Jon O'Donnell

Jon O'Donnell is a staff writer and marketer who is passionate about bringing transparency to the student loan process. Jon has a long history of connecting people with educational opportunities to help them improve their careers and their personal finances. When Jon isn't informing people about how to make smart financial decisions, you can probably find him in the kitchen attempting to cook up something delicious.
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Want to get more scholarships but aren't confident that you have what it takes? We spoke with a scholarship expert to get the scoop on how to land more of that sweet free money for college. 

Ashley Hill started by helping her brother with his scholarship applications. She was so successful that her brother was able to attend Miami of Ohio for FREE. That inspired Ashley to launch the business collegeprepready.com. 
Today she works with parents and students at all academic levels to help defray the cost of college — by focusing on scholarships. Here are 9 ideas that she shared with us that you can use to get more scholarships:

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Thinking about majoring in psychology? If so, that’s a smart move. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), jobs in the field of psychology are expected to grow by 19% from now until 2024, which is must faster than average compared to other fields.

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When you’re tackling the process of budgeting for college, it’s easy to focus on the marquee expenses and forget the secondary costs.

Unfortunately, if you do your number-crunching and leave out a long list of incidentals, you may end up relying more heavily on student loan money than you intended. Here's what you need to know to plan in advance. 

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Sending your money – or your parents’ money – to colleges begins well before you enroll. Many students are so focused on the nail-biting task of filling out applications that they don’t stop and think about the fees that many colleges charge just for reviewing your undergraduate application.

With most colleges charging somewhere around $50 per application, the money can add up quickly. 

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Considering majoring in biology? If so, you’ve chosen a field with lots of room to specialize within a very wide variety of job settings.

In any case, with so many options to put your education to use, pursuing a degree in biology may a wise career move. Plus, the mean salary for biologists is around $77,000, with top earners making as much as $116,000, according the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Higher education is expensive, and tuition and other fees continue to increase each year. Because of this, many students and parents take on a significant debt burden to finance four-or-more-year college experiences. Scholarships provide a funding source that doesn’t need to be repaid. But with hundreds to thousands of applicants applying for each one, how can you increase your chances of winning?

Here are some simple tips on how to apply for and win scholarships for college.

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