Archives for May 2012

Divorce and Financial Aid

What happens when parents are getting a divorce and financial aid for their dependent child has yet to be processed for the next school term? Even if parents are just separating, it often requires a student to itemize the income of the student and of the custodial parent on the joint income tax return. If you’re in this situation, it’s important to … [Read more...]

Peterson’s: Top Ten Financial Aid Tips for Parents

You won't want to miss Peterson's top 10 financial aid tips for parents: Looking for financial aid to help foot the tuition bill? Follow these 10 tips to help you secure the funding help you need and remember — don't wait until your child's senior year to start thinking about student aid. The sooner you start, the more money you may be able to … [Read more...]

Finding the Best College for You

Some of the best colleges are like a classic Ferrari roadster. A college education at an Ivy League school, much like having a Ferrari, will never go out of style, it has a great reputation, and although it might be expensive, it seems worth every penny. But is it the best college for you? What are the most important factors for you to consider … [Read more...]

The UC Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan

Qualifying students can take advantage of a new program from the University of California called the Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan. For California residents whose families earn less than $80,000 per year, this plan will cover your educational and student service fees. Why Did UC Create the Blue and Gold Plan? The University of California aims … [Read more...]

What is the Berkeley Middle Class Access Plan and Who Qualifies?

In December 2011, UC Berkeley announced the Middle Class Access Plan, or MCAP, a financial aid program targeted towards middle-class families. With over half the students at UC Berkeley already receiving some form of financial aid and tuition rates on the rise (rates have doubled in the past 6 years), the school sought a way to offset the growing … [Read more...]