It Is That Time of The Year For The College Scholarship Scam

College Scholarship Scam Warning

With students heading back to college, the Better Business Bureau says scammers are using the college scholarship scam to rip-off students. The BBB estimates 350,000 students and parents are victimized by scholarship scams each year, at a cost of over $5 million.

Many students fall for the sales pitches of a phony organization that require an upfront fee to secure scholarships. They state that they will guarantee free money or they will refund the fee. Their guarantee is bogus. If you want to know why, please contact our office. Never, ever pay a fee for a scholarship service. In addition, we have tracked over the last 25 years the best free web-based scholarship sources available. You may contact us here to learn more.

Amazon Prime Student Loans. What You Need To Know.

Amazon is stepping into the student-loan marketplace with Wells Fargo to offer discounts to customers of the online retailer as Amazon Prime Student Loans.  A student-loan discount will be offered to Amazon Prime Student members. The online retailer has entered into a partnership with San Francisco lender Wells Fargo& Co. in which the bank’s student-lending […]

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Do You Know Your College Tuition Expected Family Contribution?

Do you know what your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is? Most families don’t. Did you know that there are three EFCs in the financial aid process? Most families don’t. The EFC(s) represents the families’ ability to pay for a college education. The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is calculated via the Free Application for Federal Student […]

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FAFSA Changes 2017-18

Starting with the high school graduating class of June 2017, the timetable and tax year associated with the FAFSA changes 2017-18. The high school class of 2017 will be eligible to file the FAFSA starting on October 1st, 2016, three months earlier than in previous years. They will use 2015 Federal income tax returns (known […]

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12 Tips For Parents and Students On Paying Your Way Through College

12 tips parents students paying way college

These are our most basic tips for parents and students on paying your way through college. Every year we consult with many families, single parents and even students who want to make college more affordable. These are the things we believe without fail you need to do to reduce the cost of college. Students should always […]

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What Is A College Gap Year?

mind the college gap year

Recently the term college gap year has been getting a lot of attention since President Obama’s Daughter’s Malia decided to utilize one with Harvard University. Many colleges are encouraging the delayed entry to give students the opportunity to build upon life and work experiences with a volunteer work program, part-time work, or travel and internships […]

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High School Junior Students Need To Plan For College Now

Any high school student that is junior needs to start a plan now to reduce the cost of college.  Beginning this summer, here are five things you should be doing to get ready for college: Research & Visit Schools If you haven’t already begun visiting colleges, you should get started. The summer is a convenient […]

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How To Avoid Financial Aid Awards That Shrink Every Year

Financial Aid Awards

Many parents approach me after their son or daughter has started their private or public school education and ask how to avoid financial aid awards that shrink every year. Assuming the decrease in aid was not do to financial reasons, here are some suggestions for parents and students to avoid the trap: After receiving your financial […]

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When Financial Aid Offers Doesn’t Meet Expectations

College Financial Aid Offers

Since early March our students started to receive their initial financial aid offers from various colleges. Like previous years, many of the financial aid offers are not meeting the appropriate need for the student based on one of the three formulas that colleges utilize. We review all of our student’s awards and if we feel […]

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Parents Continue To Be Misled By High School Guidance Counselors

Parents Continue To Be Misled By High School Guidance Counselors

It continues and unfortunately will not stop. Parents are being told the wrong information regarding financial aid topics. I just talked with a new client and she stated that her daughter’s high school counselor informed her that their 2015 taxes need to be completed before they can file the FAFSA and that the deadline for […]

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