College Prep Timeline

September Calendar

As college freshman embark on their journey, for high school juniors and seniors, it's crunch time to begin mapping out their plans for college, both financial and otherwise.  This means approaching teachers for crucial recommendations, picking and choosing between colleges to create a top 5 to 10 list, and gathering the needed materials for … [Read more...]

5 Tricks to Safeguard Your Student from Identity Theft Hijackers

Lego Figures of a Cop and Robber

As your student enters a brand new year of school, their minds are riddled by things like pending homework due dates as they mentally squeeze study time into their daily rituals for the next foreseeable months ahead.  But identity theft?  Probably not on their short list of worries. Student Vulnerability Unbeknownst to them, students in … [Read more...]

September Newsletter 2014: Reinforcing the Value of a College Degree, How Financial Aid Formulas Work & More

Net Present Value of a Bachelor's Degree, 1970 - 2013

It's September! Are you prepared for Fall?  As we ring in the new school year--whether high school or college--planning ahead remains a vital, dominant factor in staying one step ahead of the financial planning and admissions processes. Still struggling with the question of whether a college education is worth it?  This month's Featured … [Read more...]

Financial Aid Calculators: One You’ve Heard About, Two You May Not Have


Seniors: As you search for necessary information required for the FAFSA, you most likely have ran into the idea of financial aid calculators, but what are they and how do they work? Generally speaking, there are three calculators that colleges use: the FAFSA, Profile and Consensus, all of which abide by a set of rules: Your family's … [Read more...]

Work-Study Programs Offer a Loophole in the FAFSA

Work Sign

If you racked up some extra cash this summer with a part-time job, you may be hurting your chances of earning more student aid via the FAFSA.  Logically, the parental income should weigh the heaviest in financial aid decisions because they make the most.  This isn't true.  In fact, your income accounts for up to 50% of the estimated family … [Read more...]