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Money, Pay for College, Resources, Scholarships

Do I Need a High GPA to Get a Scholarship?

No Comments 10 January 2018

Not everyone out there has a perfect GPA, and that’s perfectly okay. We all shine in different ways, as cheesy as saying that may be, but we thoroughly believe it here at Greenlight. We’ll let you in on a little secret, too – you can still win a scholarship without having a perfect 4.0. Colleges realize that you’re more than your grades, and so do foundations, organizations, and businesses. Take a look at your scholarship match list and we think you’ll be surprised by the number of ways you can earn some cash towards your higher education.

If you tend to be more gifted at athletics than academics, you need to use that to your advantage. Talk to your coach to see if they think you’re eligible for an athletic scholarship. Register with the NCAA and NAIA Eligibility Centers to be considered, and scope out our athletic-geared scholarships, like the Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Scholarship!

Not headed to the Olympics any time soon? Are you just happy when you walk without tripping over your own feet? We feel you. Your interests and hobbies can earn you scholarships as well. If you’re an artist, volunteer at a local shelter, or even just love animals, there are scholarships out there specifically designed to help you manage the cost of tuition. Talk to a supervisor or mentor to see if they know of a scholarship you’d be eligible for, on top of checking out our list of varied options right here on our site! Off the top of our head, we can think of the AllTopGuide Scholarship, the Ayn Rand 2018 Anthem Essay Contest, and the BMI Student Composer Award, none of which have a GPA requirement.

It’s a common misconception that you can only get scholarships if your GPA exceeds 3.0 – there are a lot of other options out there, it’s just a matter of finding them. We at College Greenlight are here to make that discovery process easier for you, and to help bring your dream of getting a higher education a reality. Let’s find your strengths and see how you can cash in on them – literally!


Money, Scholarships

Scholarships Expiring in December 2017

No Comments 12 December 2017

Often times, the tuition and fees for college can feel overwhelming — no one wants to graduate in the shadow of mounting debt. One of the easiest ways to diminish that burden is by applying for as many scholarships as you possibly can. Keep a running list with corresponding due dates and tackle one each week. No matter what the amount, $500 or $1,000, $100 or $10,000, it chips away at that dark cloud of loan debt to let a little bit more that end-of-the-tunnel light shine through.

While there are plenty of scholarships with due dates farther out than this month, we want to give you a heads-up on what’s being closed December 2017. Some may have specific requirements, such as being part of a group or certain high school, some require a thoughtfully-crafted essay, and others still just need your name. Let’s power through your options in expiration-date order!


Are you heading into the medical field? We all know that most degrees leading towards putting an individual’s life in your hands cost as much, if not more, than the average 4-bedroom house. The AvaCare Medical Scholarship awards $1,000 dollars to high school seniors or currently enrolled college students! It does have a few requirements, though, and, since it’s due on December 15th, you’ll have to hustle! For AvaCare Medical, it’s all about kindness, so they want a blog post, image, and video on what act of kindness inspired you to strive towards that medical degree!


If you’re breaking that stereotype barrier, say becoming an automotive tech while also being a woman, The Clunker Junker wants to hear from you — they offer the Cash for Cars and College Scholarship. Be enrolled in an accredited institution pursuing a degree in automotive technology and you can earn $1,000 towards your tuition!


While you may mostly think about Burger King in regards to your fast-food order (a number 3 with a large Coke ICEE, please!), they also offer a pretty hefty $5,000 scholarship through the Burger King McLamore Foundation. Graduating high school seniors are eligible applicants, while the scholarship itself is awarded based on academic record and participation in school and community activities. Last call for consideration is the 15th of December!


Whether you were born with that natural athletic talent or spent years cultivating your abilities, the Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Scholarship is here to reward high school students set to enter college in the Fall of 2018 with $20,000 dollars. Distributed in four installments of $5,000, there’s even the possibility of earning the Ken C. Hicks Scholarship to go along with it! Submit your application by December 15th to be considered for this monetary award.


ValuePenguin’s Scholarship is the next one we’re going to chat about — you can earn a cool $2,000 dollars towards your tuition by submitting 500-750 word replies to their prompts by the 15th of this month. They’re also a good resource for financial education, from getting your first credit card to insuring your first automobile. So, basically, even if you don’t win the scholarship, you could still walk away with some sweet knowledge from ValuePenguin!


Even if you’re already in college, there’s no reason not to continue accruing some sweet money to reduce your school loans. The Publicity.ai SEO and Content Marketing Scholarship offered through AMV is open to high school and college students, and requires an essay explaining a mind-blowing, totally genius marketing plan. This kind of scholarship is great for students looking to pave their way into a business, marketing, computer science, communications, or IT field, though there’s no major or minor requirement. If you have an analytical eye for content marketing, this is one essay you should definitely send in by December 15th.


AMV doesn’t restrict its giving nature to just marketing, though. The Lead Roster B2B Sales and Marketing Scholarship is for the entrepreneur with a fire for selling their ideas. Make a passionate YouTube video and send that golden ticket in by the same date as the marketing scholarship. December 15th, if you didn’t want to roll your eyeballs up a few inches.


The Association on American Indian Affairs, Inc. offer a $1,500 Adolph Van Pelt Special Fund for Indians Scholarship to assist American Indians with their tuition costs. The student must have at least a quarter degree Native American/Native Alaska blood and be enrolled in a federally-recognized tribe. This is the kind of scholarship that you need to also be enrolled in college for, so keep that in mind for the December 15th submission date.


Is your tribe not federally recognized? The Association on American Indian Affairs, Inc, also awards the Allogan Slagle Memorial Scholarship specifically for those Native Americans! Whether you’re already pursuing your degree or a graduating high school senior, apply to be granted a $1,500 scholarship to your full-time, accredited college.


Writing a step-by-step guide to using a product isn’t easy, and the Pretty Lightroom Presets Scholarship wants to recognize those special individuals with the patience to write down directions that are easy to use for anyone who happens upon them. Write an essay-style Adobe Lightroom Tutorial (including helpful screenshots) between 800 to 1,000 words! Submit it by the 15th for $500 dollars towards your future education!


Even before you get your driver’s permit, you know the dangers of distracted driving. For those between the ages of 13 and 18, it’s especially important to really ingrain this into their understanding of operating a coupled-thousand-pound vehicle(!!!). In light of that, By Kids for Kids, Co.  hosts the CTIA Wireless Foundation Drive Smart Contest which asks students to create digital shorts persuading fellow peers to stay focused on the task at hand while driving —  driving. The winner gets a whopping $10,000 dollars for their future education, so put some thought into this one before submitting on the 19th!


Like we said before, it’s nice to be awarded for just being you, and the Dr. Juan Andrade, Jr. Scholarship for Young Hispanic Leaders is another one that does just that. If one of your parents is of Hispanic ancestry and you’re enrolled, full-time, at a 2- or 4-year institution, you could save $1,000 on your tuition! Throw your hat into the ring by the 29th of December to be considered.


The Peter J. Hengel Thai Scholarship is specifically for male students of Thai descent. You must be 23 and planning to enroll full-time at an accredited 2- or 4-year institution for the entire 2018-19 school year. Preference is given to gay students, as well as those attending a Minnesota college, so check your circumstances and apply by December 30th if you fit these parameters for a $15,500 reduction in tuition!


We always like to see the words “short essay” attached to our scholarships. High school and college students have their plates full enough as it is, and we’d like to see you get some beauty rest at some point. The MiniMilitiaModCheats Internet Marketing Scholarship is simple enough: write a short essay on Internet Marketing. International students can throw their hat into this ring, too, so be ready to hit submit by December 30th and not a second later!


The “Impact a Life” College Scholarship through Raffle Ticket, a division of A-Z Discount Printing, was started purely to help reduce some of the cost associated with a 4-year education. You must be 18 years or older and currently enrolled in a college, and the essay should be between 500-1,000 words. Competition is high and they have three prompts on their website to work off of. Follow the directions to a T and claim that $1,000, $600, and $400! Submissions are accepted until December 31st!


Are you fascinated by the development of logos? Do you see a shop sign or company symbol and immediately begin dissecting it into its multiple components? Have you also completed at least 1 semester of a graphic design, product design, branding, or marketing course? Then submit three of your original logo designs that pertain to the automatic, construction, beauty, and massage industries for a chance at winning the Most Promising Logo Design Scholarship, which is worth $1,500! Submissions are due by the 31st.


Who’d’ve thought that pen pack you bought from the store for a few bucks could earn you $15,000? The Pilot Pen G2 Overachievers Student Grant, in conjunction with Shonda Rimes, wants to celebrate an exceptional young scholar who makes a difference outside of the classroom. Use that Pilot Pen G2 to outline a 1,000-1,500 word essay, type that beauty up, and you could be granted $12,500 off your college tuition, as well as earn $2,500 dollars for your school to foster another overachiever like yourself!


We live in a country founded on free speech. If that simple fact got you all fired up to rattle off some dates and American rights, the FIRE’s Free Speech Essay Contest Scholarship is right up your alley. You’ll be awarded up to $10,000 dollars for a fiery 800-1,000 word essay on the article 19 right to articulate your opinions without fear of censorship! Just have those passionate words ready by the 31st, and you’re all set.


Prepare your palette, fire up your digital software, or prep your artistic weapon of choice because the Goodshop Scholarship wants to award $1,000 to reduce college tuition! An original masterpiece is due to them by December 31st to be considered for the scholarship.


They’re JUST POETRY!!! Scholarship Awards and they happen quarterly — which is great news for HS students that love to express themselves in couplets or villenelles or some free-form prose on a regular basis. You can submit for this scholarship, which awards up to $500 dollars, once a quarter! This round ends on December 31st, so start rifling through those journals for your favorites to submit to the Live Poets Society of New Jersey!


We do like the idea of living by “never say never,” but it might be a little late to get started on your application for the Apprentice Ecologist Initiative Youth Scholarship Program. The Nicodemus Wilderness Project encourages young people to be environmentally conscious — conduct your own environment clean-up or conservation project and document it for consideration of the $580 scholarship. Due no later than December 31st, now’s the time to show off your conservation methods!


Do you have a 3.0 GPA or higher? Are you interested in studying business in college? Are you a college-bound senior? If you answered “yes” to those questions, then you’re a USDA prime candidate for the SHM Cleaning Scholarship! Submit by the 31st for consideration — it could save you $250 on your college loans!


The Percy Martinez Law Scholarship and the Percy Martinez Autism Scholarship both offer $5,000 to further education. High school students to grad-level students with an interest in law are encouraged to apply. Students at schools that cater to individuals with autism are also excellent candidates — check the website for the rules and regulations and get your application in by the 31st to be considered!


Being first is often really cool. It means you won the race or were revolutionary! What’s not cool about being first sometimes is the uncertainty. Being the first in your family to go to college means that you have to shoulder the burden for figuring out how the whole crazy process works. StudySoup’s First in Family Scholarship is here to soothe some of that aggravation. Be 18, accepted into a college, submit by the 31st, and you can earn $1,000 dollars towards your student loans!


The people at Picture Keeper want to encourage those chasing their dreams. Their Picture Keeper Scholarship is a photo and essay contest that documents just that! Grab some photos that pluck some heart strings, write a heartfelt essay, and submit by the 31st for a chance to make your college tuition $1,500 lighter.


Do you keep a dream diary? If so, you’re in the ideal position to be awarded the MattressFun Scholarship! They want an essay about a dream you’ve had that you’re determined to make reality — like maybe that dream you have about heading off to college and leaving with as little debt as possible, for instance! Have it prepared by the 31st for a chance at a $1,000 dollar college tuition break!


Admissions, Choosing A School, Diversity, Low Income Students

Best Public Colleges for Low-Income Students

No Comments 30 August 2017

The 123 public colleges that satisfy the selection criteria enroll a total of 2,015,267 total undergraduate students, including 603,852 Federal Pell Grant recipients (30%). The average net price is $8,984, ranging from $3,364 to $12,464. The 6-year graduation rate for Federal Pell Grant recipients is 63%, ranging from 50% to 88%.

The colleges are listed in alphabetical order.

Best Public Colleges Percentage
Pell Grant
Net Price for
Low-Income Students (AGI $0 to 30,000)
Graduation Rates for
Pell Grant Recipients (2013)
Appalachian State University 26% $7,671 63%
Ball State University 35% $9,260 51%
California Polytechnic State Univ. – San Luis Obispo 20% $10,611 56%
California State Polytechnic Univ. – Pomona 44% $6,984 51%
California State University – Fullerton 41% $3,364 50%
California State University – Long Beach 47% $5,549 54%
California State University – Stanislaus 58% $3,794 53%
Central Michigan University 35% $10,753 60%
Citadel Military College of South Carolina 24% $11,417 59%
Clemson University 18% $11,253 74%
College of William and Mary 12% $5,136 86%
Colorado State University 26% $10,449 56%
CUNY Bernard M Baruch College 45% $5,318 69%
CUNY College of Staten Island 45% $7,635 51%
CUNY Queens College 38% $4,207 58%
Dakota State University 24% $11,029 52%
East Carolina University 32% $10,257 52%
Fitchburg State University 34% $9,897 53%
Florida International University 58% $9,039 53%
Georgia Institute of Technology 19% $6,138 78%
Grand Valley State University 36% $11,530 62%
Illinois State University 26% $11,958 63%
Indiana University – Bloomington 19% $4,855 64%
Iowa State University 23% $8,721 58%
James Madison University 13% $11,154 77%
Longwood University 23% $11,651 56%
Louisiana State University 20% $5,692 58%
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts 45% $10,364 53%
Massachusetts Maritime Academy 19% $5,159 57%
Michigan State University 24% $6,434 72%
Michigan Technological University 27% $8,056 61%
Missouri University of Science and Technology 26% $10,832 56%
New College of Florida 29% $6,411 66%
New Jersey Institute of Technology 39% $11,445 57%
North Carolina State University at Raleigh 22% $6,451 70%
North Dakota State University 23% $11,272 50%
Northern State University 23% $11,757 52%
Ohio State University 22% $10,566 74%
Oklahoma State University 29% $9,630 55%
Purdue University 21% $7,153 59%
Radford University 28% $11,448 59%
Ramapo College of New Jersey 25% $9,805 60%
Salisbury University 22% $8,468 66%
San Diego State University 40% $6,980 63%
Sonoma State University 30% $10,077 53%
Southern Connecticut State University 35% $10,835 51%
St Mary’s College of Maryland 15% $4,827 64%
Stony Brook University 35% $8,770 70%
SUNY at Albany 37% $10,515 67%
SUNY at Binghamton 27% $10,585 75%
SUNY at Buffalo 28% $10,146 66%
SUNY at Fredonia 35% $10,190 60%
SUNY at Geneseo 23% $9,704 71%
SUNY College at Brockport 41% $8,747 66%
SUNY College at Cortland 27% $10,442 65%
SUNY College at New Paltz 28% $8,551 69%
SUNY College at Oneonta 29% $8,507 59%
SUNY College at Plattsburgh 35% $8,366 54%
SUNY College at Purchase 32% $12,423 59%
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry 27% $11,586 73%
Texas A & M University 22% $4,304 72%
Texas Tech University 29% $9,733 50%
The College of New Jersey 18% $6,910 73%
The Evergreen State College 44% $9,951 60%
The University of Tennessee 30% $8,770 54%
The University of Texas at Austin 27% $10,696 70%
The University of Texas at Dallas 35% $8,471 55%
Towson University 25% $9,034 54%
Truman State University 19% $7,798 62%
University of Arizona 33% $11,562 53%
University of California – Berkeley 32% $8,607 88%
University of California – Davis 43% $10,492 75%
University of California – Irvine 43% $8,532 87%
University of California – Los Angeles 36% $8,027 86%
University of California – Merced 60% $8,720 59%
University of California – Riverside 56% $9,678 68%
University of California – San Diego 43% $8,362 84%
University of California – Santa Barbara 38% $10,190 79%
University of California – Santa Cruz 45% $10,862 71%
University of Central Florida 38% $10,637 64%
University of Delaware 12% $10,643 80%
University of Florida 32% $7,207 81%
University of Georgia 24% $8,558 72%
University of Hawaii at Manoa 31% $7,506 57%
University of Illinois at Chicago 49% $9,663 54%
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 20% $7,801 78%
University of Iowa 19% $8,584 60%
University of Maine at Fort Kent 32% $9,912 52%
University of Maryland – Baltimore 27% $11,501 61%
University of Maryland – College Park 19% $6,938 75%
University of Massachusetts Amherst 25% $11,064 66%
University of Massachusetts – Lowell 30% $10,718 52%
University of Michigan – Ann Arbor 16% $5,470 82%
University of Michigan – Dearborn 43% $8,483 56%
University of Minnesota – Duluth 24% $8,312 52%
University of Minnesota – Morris 29% $8,797 55%
University of Minnesota – Twin Cities 22% $8,650 63%
University of Mississippi 30% $10,898 51%
University of Nebraska – Lincoln 20% $11,395 58%
University of North Carolina at Asheville 32% $8,127 52%
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 21% $3,823 86%
University of North Carolina at Charlotte 40% $8,307 53%
University of North Carolina at Greensboro 44% $7,923 52%
University of North Carolina – Wilmington 28% $10,912 65%
University of Northern Iowa 27% $10,283 60%
University of Oregon 26% $12,083 56%
University of South Florida 41% $6,735 62%
University of Utah 32% $11,640 61%
University of Vermont 19% $10,742 73%
University of Virginia 12% $9,615 84%
University of Washington – Bothell 35% $7,304 69%
University of Washington – Seattle 25% $7,054 77%
University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire 27% $8,695 58%
University of Wisconsin – La Crosse 23% $9,225 64%
University of Wisconsin – Madison 15% $9,235 73%
University of Wisconsin – Platteville 31% $9,518 51%
University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point 34% $8,295 54%
Virginia Military Institute 15% $5,129 77%
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 17% $12,446 78%
Washington State University 33% $10,296 59%
Western Michigan University 40% $12,464 53%
Western Washington University 26% $8,762 65%
Westfield State University 26% $11,181 54%

Take a look at this list of best private colleges for low-income students.

Admissions, Choosing A School, Diversity, Low Income Students

Best Colleges for Low-Income Students

No Comments 30 August 2017

Finding an affordable but high-quality college can be challenging for low-income and first-generation students. This article presents lists of public and private 4-year colleges, all of which have a low net price and a high graduation rate for low-income students.

Not only are these colleges affordable for low-income students, but the students are likely to graduate with an affordable amount of debt.


Students should consider a variety of colleges before they begin the application process. Historically, students from low-income backgrounds have applied to too few colleges, often enrolling at institutions that are not a good academic, social and financial fit. This leads to sub-optimal outcomes like low retention and graduation rates and high debt. Students should cast a wide net. Look at private and public institutions, in-state and out-of-state schools, and small and large colleges. Students should be encouraged to learn about colleges and universities you have never heard of before.

Every low-income student should consider their in-state public colleges, as those institutions will often be the most affordable option. In-state public colleges are also a good option because low-income students tend to choose colleges that are close to home. Students may be able to save on college costs by living at home with their families instead of on a college campus.

The net price for public colleges is based on the in-state tuition rates. The net price for out-of-state students may be much higher.

Low-income students should also consider private colleges with low net prices and high graduation rates. In some cases, generous private colleges can have a lower net price than some in-state public institutions.

For both public and private colleges, students should aim to have total student loan debt at graduation that is less than their annual starting salary. If total student loan debt is less than annual income, the student should be able to repay his or her student loans in ten years or less.


The lists of public and private colleges were identified using a combination of two factors:

  • Affordable. Affordability was based on the one-year net price for students with a family income of $0 to $30,000, using data from the 2013-14 Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). The net price is the discounted sticker price, the costs that remain after subtracting average grants, scholarships and other gift aid from the total cost of attendance. Only colleges with a net price under $12,500 were included.
  • Good Outcomes. Outcomes were based on the 6-year graduation rates for Federal Pell Grant recipients, using data from the Education Trust. The Federal Pell Grant is the largest need-based grant program, awarded mostly to low-income students. Only colleges with 6-year graduation rates of 50% or more were included. This ensures that low-income students at these colleges are more likely to graduate than not.

Some colleges were omitted because the Pell Grant recipient graduation rate data were not available. Examples include Brigham Young University – Provo, Columbia University in the City of New York, Cooper Union and Harvard University.

Several colleges with a reputation for serving low-income students did not satisfy the selection criteria because their net price for low-income students was too high.

We present the lists of recommended public and private colleges in two separate articles. The lists are expected to be stable from year to year.


Foster Youth Lack Access to College

No Comments 15 November 2016

According to a report from the Education Commission of the States, Strengthening Policies for Foster Youth Postsecondary Attainment, only 3 percent of the 415,000 children in foster care will ever graduate college with a Bachelor’s degree, compared with 32.5 percent of the U.S. population aged 25 and older. Only 46 percent of foster youth graduate from high school, compared with 88.4 percent of the U.S. population aged 25 and old.

There have been some improvements in financial aid for foster youth. The Foster Care Independence Act of 1999 established the John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Program (CFCIP). The Education Training Vouchers program was added to CFCIP in 2002. The 2008 Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act (FCA) also improved college access for foster children. Changes were made to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in July 2009 to help foster children.

The Education Training Voucher (ETV) program provides up to $5,000 per year for college students who are in foster care, were adopted from foster care after reaching age 16, or aged out of foster care. They must have obtained a high school diploma or GED, reapply annually and maintain satisfactory academic progress. The funds are available for enrollment in a 2-year or 4-year college or university or for enrollment in accredited vocational and technical training programs. Eligible students may receive grants for up to five years or until they reach age 23. Apply through your state’s Child Welfare Agency. Some state programs are administered by Foster Care to Success.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) considers students to be independent if they were in foster care at any time after reaching age 13. These students are considered to be independent even if they were adopted at age 13 or older. The FAFSA also includes other questions designed to identify foster children so that they can be directed to resources available to them.

There are also scholarships and tuition waivers available to foster children. The state tuition waivers usually involve just tuition and not other costs, such as textbooks and living expenses.

The report from the Education Commission of the States made several recommendations for helping foster children pursue a college education:

  • Expand foster care to cover students beyond age 18 who are enrolled in college
  • Eliminate tuition waiver requirements that are particularly challenging for foster children, such as requirements for financial contributions, volunteer service or maintaining a higher GPA than is required for federal student aid
  • Standardize eligibility criteria across states, with regard to age, deadlines, types of colleges, etc.
  • Expand state tuition waivers to cover other costs, such as textbooks, housing, transportation and childcare.

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