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Scholarship Mom Tip #51: Resist the Click

Online scholarship applications are just as important as those that are mailed to the scholarship provider.



Resist the urge to click the “Submit” button if it is late at night, even If you think the app is complete and ready to go. 

Tired eyes can easily miss small mistakes and urge to just “get it done” may win out over careful attention to details. 

Remember, the first 30 seconds that a scholarship judge skims over the application are the MOST important, so wait until fresh eyes can proofread the application and make sure there are no mistakes!


Monica Matthews, Scholarship MomMonica Matthews is our favorite scholarship mom! After helping her son win $100,000 in scholarships for his college education, she founded How2WinScholarships.com to share what she learned along the way and now she's sharing her tips with Smart College Visit!

Save Money on Textbooks with Shopping Apps

We all know what it feels like to cringe (or is it sigh, cry or curse?) when shopping for textbooks. An organic chemistry book is going to cost you over $200. Rather than cry or curse, whip out your smartphone and find out if there's a cheaper price and where. 


The same apps that are being touted as holiday shopping apps and the best apps for CyberMonday can help you find the best deal and bring relief to your textbook budget as well. All you have to do is download the app, activate it, and scan the barcode of the book you need to compare prices.

RedLaser will show you prices near your location as well as deals online. Amazon Mobile provides listings from their online catalog as well as those by other resellers, including new and used options. 

Point and shoot barcode scanning apps make it so easy to price compare while you're still in the store. And, with so many brick and mortar store vendors now honoring competitors' pricing, you may find it worthwhile to show the competitor's price to the store manager. A cheaper price may just be at your fingertips. 

For a review of other shopping apps and their features, go to: The 10 Best Shopping Apps to Compare Prices by PC World Magazine. 

Happy Thanksgiving from Smart College Visit

Be safe and be smart if you're on the road this Thanksgiving holiday! It's okay to take a break from college essays and admission applications. Enjoy time spent with those you love and who love you back! 

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!