Do You Know Your EFC(s)

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The Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) is calculated by one of two formulas. The Institutional Methodology (IM) or The Consensus Methodology (CM). Each formula have their differences in what and how they assess certain information pertaining to income, assets, and other factors. Therefore, many times a family will have a different outcome in what they will […]

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Federal Student Loan Limits 2107 & What You Need To Know

Federal Student Loan Limits 2107

In this interview with Student Loan Hero our founder Ronald Ramsdell discusses Federal student loan limits 2017 and what you need to know. In the article with Elyssa Kirkham, Ronald covers the three most important points parents and students need to know are, families need to plan ahead regarding paying for college resulting in less […]

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The True Cost Of A College Education In 2018

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Do you know the true cost of a college education in 2018? Many families don’t and are shocked when they do learn what they will have to pay for their son’s or daughter’s education. Many factors come into play that determines a total cost at a given school. What does a college include or does […]

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College Aid Consulting Services Featured In The New York Times

College Aid Consulting Services Featured In The New York Times

Excited to share that College Aid Consulting Services featured in The New York Times today discussing appealing financial aid offers. Much of the information I shared with her was not covered in the article. First, why should a family appeal or negotiate for a better award? One reason is if the award is not a […]

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What You Need To Know About 529 Plans 2017

529 Plans 2017

Here is what you need to know about 529 plans 2017 update.  A 529 savings account allows you to build an education fund within an individual investment account. Money you contribute is invested in one or more specific investment portfolios. I recommend families create the account in the parents name since the three formulas colleges […]

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Disparity In College Financial Aid Offers

Disparity In College Financial Aid Offers

Good news! Financial aid awards are starting to arrive in student’s in boxes. The bad news, unfortunately there is a lot of disparity in college financial aid offers due to the fact that the format of awards are dictated by each school so many factors and questions come into play when reviewing and comparing offers. […]

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High School Juniors Start College Campus Tours Now

In our many years of helping students, we can advise every high school Junior start college campus tours now. Here are the questions we feel every prepared family should ask. Campus tour guides are current students, work study or admissions personnel.  This means that they are invaluable resources for opinions about the best classes, campus […]

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Paying College Tuition With Credit Cards

I recently was contacted by Emily Tate of InsideHigherEd.com about paying college tuition with credit cards.  If you are in anyway thinking about using credit cards to pay college tuition, you need to read this article first.  Contact our office anytime about the best financial aid options to lower your out of pocket expense for […]

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College Financial Aid Awards Are Starting To Arrive

Financial Aid Awards Are Starting To Arrive

College financial aid awards are starting to arrive earlier this year due to the FAFSA  timeline change. Don’t worry about this because it’s a good thing!  Immediately you should be asking yourself are these award(s) fair for my college student? The answer is unless you are awarded 100% of the total college cost you wouldn’t know. […]

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CollegeWeekLive.com Paying for College 2017

CollegeWeekLive’s Paying for College

Join me January 19th for CollegeWeekLive.com Paying for College fair. I’ll be giving a live webcast on how to secure financial aid at 5 pm ET!  I’ll be telling you all about “How to Properly Pursue College Financial Aid” including ways to maximize opportunities with the FAFSA and CSS Profile. Register now at https://www.collegeweeklive.com/event-schedule/paying-for-college

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