Smart Financial Aid Planning Starts Now

The process of filing for financial aid as already begun. Like their taxes, parents should seek out an expert to insure that their financial aid forms are correctly submitted. Year after year we have families that contact us and request a review of their submitted forms. On average, we find a minimum of 3-5 mistakes on their CSS Profile, FAFSA, and Institutional forms. These mistakes will cost families thousands of dollars in financial aid eligibility. One key factor here is the correct interpretation of the question and moreover, some information the colleges are requesting, families do not have to disclose. To request a review of your forms, contact our staff.

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Everyone Should File FAFSA For College Financial Aid

The writer is right on regarding FAFSA. Everyone should file it. In some cases it will stimulate unexpected sources of aid. However the article makes no mention of other financial aid forms that would be required by many schools. The CSS Profile and the college’s own institutional form. Families should never miss the college(s) deadline. […]

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Be Strategic When Filing FAFSA For Financial Aid

The article entices you to file the FAFSA immediately. As I have stated countless times, this is not so good advice for many families applying for student financial aid. There is one main reason here. Contact our office for more information. New Year’s is the best day to apply for college financial aid News Source: […]

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Financial Aid, FAFSA & Undocumented Parents

It was a pleasure to talk with Emily for USA Today and offer important advice for students with undocumented parents. Their pursuit to achieve the best for their education is praiseworthy. As the article states, these students should always file FAFSA if possible. Even though as a non-citizen, the student will not qualify for Federal […]

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Grandparents, Grandchildren & College

If grandparents are going to financially assist their grandchildren for college, they need to know that student’s assets are assess much higher than the parent’s assets. So, a 529 plan in the student’s name may not be such a good idea. In addition, parents and grandparents should shy away from UTMA’s and UGMA’s for the […]

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Is There An Important Deadline For FAFSA?

The writer states that the deadline for FAFSA is June 30th. Not true and big mistake for parents that adhere to this advice. Each college will have their own individual deadline which will be earlier. Also, the article does not mention that there may be other forms that will be required like Profile. One last […]

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Chances Are You Can Afford Private College

Students with high academics should always apply to prestigious private colleges. Many students who deserve to attend these schools never apply to them due to “sticker shock”. We have found over the years that many of our students end up attending a private school for around the same price as a state institution. Why? Two […]

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Debt And College Choices

The cost of education will continue to rise and students will graduate with a historical amount of debt. More bad news; unfortunately many students will not be able to retain a job with the salary they deserve based on their degree. Therefore, students should research what careers will be in demand in the years they […]

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Good Question: Can You Borrow Too Much Money For College?

Good Question: Can You Borrow Too Much Money For College?

It’s always a pleasure to talk to the WCCO team. I would like to share a couple of things that we did not have a chance to cover. Students should always utilize subsidize Federal loans (Stafford or Perkins). Why? There is no accruing of interest during the duration of their education and the first payment […]

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FAFSA4caster Does Not Tell The Whole Story

Regarding the FAFSA4caster, for many families, it is useless when it comes to their bottom line. For example, if the student is applying to colleges that require the CSS Profile, the FAFSA will play no part in their eligibility for institutional grants. With that in mind, they will be in receipt of financial aid awards […]

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