Archives for August 2014

Work-Study Programs Offer a Loophole in the FAFSA

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...]

Optimism & Student Loans

It's no secret that student loan debt has continually rose over the years, but by how much exactly?  USA Today reported late last year that the Class of 2012 in the U.S. graduated carrying the burden of nearly $30,000 in student loan debt.  This number rose from $18,750 in 2004.  That's about a 36% increase in a decade's time.  Jumping ahead, the … [Read more...]

August 2014 Newsletter: 10 Things Your College Student Doesn’t Need & More

It's August! While you and your students gear up for education mode, some schools have already opened their doors.  In any case, we're here to help prepare your college-bound teen for one of the most pivotal points in their life. For those of you collecting items for college, you may not realize some are unnecessary purchases.  These mistakes … [Read more...]

Early Action: Is It Your Gateway to Merit Aid?

Lazy summer days will soon linger behind us, and it's especially difficult to push away the insistent demon of procrastination, whispering in your ear, "You have months to apply for college and the school year hasn't even begun. Why start worrying about it now?"  You may want to flick the little pest away and remind yourself that preparing for … [Read more...]

5 Thoughts to Confidently Shape Your Senior Year

Soon-to-be Seniors: While you rightfully have college on the brain, don’t unknowingly dismiss the last year of your high school career. Visualize yourself stepping onto campus as an official senior.  Keep these thoughts in mind as you traverse classes, time alongside your friends and all the wonderful life experiences you’re about to … [Read more...]