Archives for October 2011

Top 8 Financial Aid Planning Tips

We all know college can be expensive. How can you begin preparing for your child’s education now? Texas A&M University offers a lot of great financial aid planning tips for parents on their site. Here are 8 of my favorites: Create a college savings plan. Your greatest asset is time. The sooner you start saving for your children's college … [Read more...]

Federal Student Loan Default Rates: What You Need to Know

It’s no secret this is a tough economy for recent college graduates. Jobs are scarce and tuition costs are high. In fact, according to the Department of Education (ED) federal student loan default rates climbed to 8.8 percent in 2009, the most recent year for which data is available. This marks the fourth year in a row loan defaults … [Read more...]

Is Your Student a Junior in High School? Start to Plan Your College Funding Now

Have you started planning for college yet? It might seem early to have a college funding plan in place if your daughter or son is only 15 or 16, especially as feels like college is 2 years away, but the time to start is actually when your student is a Junior. The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the universal application … [Read more...]

October 2011: Getting the Best Financial Aid Package

Greetings! I'm excited to introduce my brand new e-newsletter! I'll be sending it out monthly to share helpful information and tips about the college planning process. I hope you find it useful and pass it on to your friends. Our first public workshop of the fall is just a week away, so make sure to register to save yourself a seat. More … [Read more...]