January 2017 College Financial Aid Update

2017 College Financial Aid Advice

This is our January 2017 financial aid update.  This information is inspired by the last couple of weeks and the many families we have spoken to that did not know some of their child’s college(s) had a January 1st deadline for financial aid. The result, some of these families missed the deadline. One common mistake […]

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Top 5 Tips For High School Sophomore Parents Looking For College Financial Aid

These are our top 5 tips for high school sophomore parents looking for college financial aid.  If your child is a sophomore in high school, you may be able to save yourself thousands of dollars on college tuition if you take this advice before the end of this year. We feel the sophomore year is […]

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Positive And Negatives Of Private Loans For College

Private Loans For College

Our office get a number of questions on private student loans for college as parents and students evaluate financial options. We believe the drawbacks are as following: Interest is often variable Less flexible repayment options Student may have to start making payments while they are still in school Higher limit on lending which will mean the […]

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7 Tips On Lowering College Costs

We all know that the cost of a college education is off the charts and for many families affording a college education can be a real challenge. Here are 12 tips that families can use to save money in the process: Compare housing options Don’t buy new textbooks Consider dual enrollment Get a tuition discount […]

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What a Trump presidency could mean for student loans?

7 Tips On Lowering College Costs

  What will a Trump presidency mean for student loans? He has rarely mentioned higher education on the campaign trail, so the future is somewhat up in air. With so much still unknown and to be worked out during the transition over the next few months, it’s too soon to know what student loan borrowers […]

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Why Student Campus Visits Are An Important Factor In Choosing A College

student campus visits

Student campus visits are a key part in deciding which college or university is a good fit. There is a feeling that a student experiences here. I have been told by many students over the years that they love a campus, or do not love a campus when they first arrive. While a student can […]

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When Students & Parents Don’t Agree On College

Students & Parents Don't Agree On College

In our years of helping thousands of students and parents we see it’s very common they don’t always agree on college should attend. Some reasons include the cost, location, the student has a friend(s) attending a specific college, academic reasons, the student wants to attend a prestigious school that may not be appropriate or benefit them […]

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New FAFSA Changes 2017

FAFSA Changes 2017

New FAFSA Changes 2017 are effective as of Saturday, October 1st 2016 now allow families to file their 2017-18 FAFSA and the CSS Profile using their 2015 tax information. It is called prior-prior year (PPY). Many families are being encouraged to file their FAFSA and CSS Profile forms as soon as possible. However, there can be a problem […]

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Should A Family Hire A College Admissions Consultant?

college admissions consultant

I highly recommend that most families retain a college admissions consultant when their child is looking to get into a top private college or ivy league institution. The college admissions consultant can be of benefit in many ways including test preparation and college selection, to essay and interview coaching and providing a strong application package. The […]

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New 2016 FAFSA Financial Aid Changes

Here are some new 2016 FAFSA financial aid changes you need to be aware of. Families can now file the FAFSA as early as October 1st 2016 for the 2017-18 academic year using the “prior-prior” tax information. So next year students will file two FAFSAs using 2015 tax information. In addition, The College Board is […]

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