When I Grow Up contest enters 10th year

How old were you when you knew what you wanted to be when you grew up? Well, it is time for kids in West Virginia to start thinking about that age-old question by participating in the 10th Annual When I Grow Up essay contest, sponsored by SMART529 and the State Treasurer’s Office. This annual essay contest gives kindergarten through fifth … Read More

What is the difference between need-based and merit-based financial aid?

Question: What is the difference between need-based and merit-based financial aid? Submitted by: Jessica from Charleston, WV Answer: When it comes to paying for college, there are many types of financial aid programs available to help students and families cover the cost. Scholarship and grant program directors typically consider two factors in deciding who should receive the awards: merit and … Read More