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31 07, 2016

Student Loans: Why You Should Avoid Them

By |2017-04-12T12:17:36-04:00July 31st, 2016|Financial|0 Comments

College can be an incredibly expensive investment. With tuition costs consistently rising, it’s easy to think that student loans are the best answer when it comes to payment. However, many young people don’t realize that these loans can follow you around for decades, and can directly [...]

25 07, 2016

Could you use $19,075 per year in financial aid for your child?

By |2016-07-22T10:36:33-04:00July 25th, 2016|Admissions, College, Financial, Funding|0 Comments

Could you use $19,075 per year in financial aid for your child? For most families sending a child off to college, the answer is a resounding “YES.” You see – that figure – $19,075 – is the average annual aid package families have received when they [...]

20 07, 2016

6 Financial Aid Traps to Avoid at all Costs

By |2017-04-12T12:17:36-04:00July 20th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

 Financial aid can be incredibly daunting and confusing for families sending their kids to college. It's very easy to fall into a financial aid trap that can leave you in debt for decades. Here are 6 traps to avoid at all costs! 1. The Confusing Financial [...]

19 07, 2016

How To Get Maximum Money for College If You’re Divorced, a Minority, Own a Business, Recently Unemployed, or The Parent of an Athlete

By |2017-04-12T12:17:36-04:00July 19th, 2016|Admissions, College, Financial, Funding|0 Comments

In this series I am going to talk about special topics or circumstances if your family situation doesn't fit into the "norm". What I mean by the "norm" is: married, average student, average grades, employed by a company (not your own), non-minority, etc. You get the [...]

15 07, 2016

How to Take Control of the College Funding Process and Get the Maximum Amount of Money for Your Child’s College Education

By |2017-04-12T12:17:36-04:00July 15th, 2016|Admissions, College, Education, Financial, Funding|0 Comments

In this blog, I am going to talk about two families - The Greens and The Smiths. Both families started out with roughly the same financial situation, and their children applied to the same colleges since they both had B averages and 1,650 on their SAT's. [...]

7 07, 2016

Pros and Cons for Early Admission to College

By |2016-07-22T10:18:52-04:00July 7th, 2016|Admissions, College, Funding|0 Comments

Congratulations! You just received your letter, you’re in! Or are you? More and more colleges are issuing what are called early decision, a promise of a slot, provided certain criteria are met. Here is the Wikipedia definition of early decision: a common early admission policy used [...]

5 07, 2016

The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) Explained – What It is & How to Use It

By |2016-07-22T10:18:06-04:00July 5th, 2016|College, Contribution, Funding|0 Comments

When you’re applying for financial aid, no number is more important than your Expected Family Contribution. Simply put, the amount of aid you’ll get is figured by taking the cost of college, and subtracting your EFC. Thus, the smaller your EFC, the more money you can [...]

30 06, 2016

The Pros and Cons of Getting AP College Credit

By |2017-04-12T12:17:36-04:00June 30th, 2016|College|0 Comments

Would saving $10,000, $20,000, or even $50,000 on your child’s education interest you? Here’s a strategy that could potentially save you tens of thousands of dollars, and also improve your child’s chances at getting in an elite college. (Full disclosure: There are some negatives about using [...]

28 06, 2016

What can be done to lower your Expected Family Contribution (EFC)?

By |2017-04-12T12:17:36-04:00June 28th, 2016|Contribution, Financial, Funding|0 Comments

“This almost sounds too good to be true” Say some parents after I share with them just a few facts about the college funding process. Such as: Fact #1: $227.2 billion in financial aid was given out during the 2013-14 academic year. Fact #2: $19,075 per [...]

23 06, 2016

What is the CSS Financial Aid Profile?

By |2016-07-22T10:13:29-04:00June 23rd, 2016|Admissions, College, Financial, Funding|0 Comments

There’s actually a SECOND form of financial aid you might be eligible for, which can be responsible for handing you a great education at an even cheaper cost. For most families, filling out the Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) is one of the necessary pains [...]