Category Archive: FAFSA

Nov 15

Ten Ways Colleges Work You Over

Must Read! Your many questions are answered in this excellent article. Some topics include: #1 Just because a school encourages you to apply doesn’t mean they actually want you #2 A college may not be as selective as it seems. #3 You may be rejected or wait-listed at a college simply because you are not …

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Nov 01

Why It Makes Good Sense to Save for College Now

To save or not to save, that is the question. “…there is a persistent and mostly mistaken belief that goes something like this: If we save, the colleges will just take it. And if we don’t, we will qualify for more help…. You, however, are trying to make financial plans right now. And when your …

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Jul 06

How the FAFSA and ACT Can Hurt Your Application (And Not for the Reasons You Think)

“Everyone knows that college admissions decisions are determined by how much schools want certain candidates. Here’s a lesser-known fact: Decisions are also determined by how much you want certain schools. Colleges and universities are always looking for more information to evaluate their applicants. They want to determine whether you’ll flourish, both academically and socially, in …

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Jan 05

Fill Out FAFSA Forms for Financial Aid Now

“The new Free Application for Federal Student Aid, known as the Fafsa, will become available online on Jan. 1. The form is the starting point for students and families seeking federal aid, and is used by most states and colleges as part of the student aid process. The form collects financial and personal information about …

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Sep 08

Are Your Assets Ready for College? How to Lower Your ‘Expected Family Contribution’

How will you pay for college? No easy answer, but this article is worth a read. Click here for the article.

Aug 09

Top 10 Colleges With Great Financial Aid

The top 10 colleges with great financial aid have been reported by Princeton Review. Pomona College is on top. Be aware though, it’s more complicated than it might seem.  There are different financial aid packages: those based on financial need and those based on merit (i.e. great GPA and/or SAT/ACT scores, and specific activities). Read …

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Jan 05

The High School Guidance Counselor Shortage

“A public school counselor in the U.S. now has an average caseload of 471 students, according to the American School Counselor Association, or ASCA. And the situation is getting worse…. In addition to huge caseloads, budget cuts have forced to counselors to increasingly contend with duties unrelated to their traditional roles, such as monitoring the …

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Nov 03

Millions Of High School Students And Their Parents Probably Have No Idea…

According to InsideHigherEd.com, “Some colleges are denying admission and perhaps reducing financial aid to students based on a single, non-financial, non-academic question that students submit to the federal government on their applications for student aid. Millions of high school students and their parents probably have no idea this happens after they fill out the ubiquitous …

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