Tag Archive: financial aid

Jul 03

This Is What Keeps Students, Parents Up At Night

“From getting into your first-choice school to moving away from home, going to college is stressful. But more than anything, the top concern parents and students share these days is paying the tab and any ensuing debt burden, according to The Princeton Review’s 2016 College Hopes & Worries survey…. The Princeton Review also asked the …

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Jun 26

2 Extra Years In College Could Cost You Almost $300,000

It’s very important to review colleges’ graduation statistics and retention rates because the longer a student stays in college, the more costs are incurred. In fact, sometimes what might seem like a less expensive route, for example, state schools, can end up costing more when students are closed out of courses they need and are …

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Jan 10

What PSAT Scores Make The Cut For National Merit in 2016?

“Now that PSAT scores have been received, the question that most people want answered revolves around the cutoff scores for National Merit Semifinalist standing. In other words: What is the minimum score that will qualify me to be a National Merit Semifinalist? This is certainly an immensely significant cutoff, mainly due to the benefits and …

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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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Aug 03

How The Government Exaggerates The Cost Of College

This is an interesting NY Times article that’s worth a read. “Fortunately, the government isn’t the only organization that collects data on college tuition over time. The College Board also does, and it publishes different indexes on published tuition and net-price tuition, separately for public and private colleges. (Only scholarship grants are considered in the …

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Jul 06

Most And Least Expensive Colleges

The U.S. Department of Education on Monday released its rankings of the most and least expensive colleges in the country. Read more by clicking here. 

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