Award Letters in 2017: When Will Yours Arrive?

Late March and April always used to marked the start of the season for award letters, but did you know the game-changing 2017 adjustments also effect ETAs? Before we get into this year's timeline, let's go over the basics. Award letters are notoriously complex (with good reason!), but not when you break down the fundamental pieces. Award … [Read more...]

February 2017 Newsletter: How Do Income and Assets Impact Aid?

February 2017 Newsletter College Prices Hit New Record Highs in 2016! It's already February! 2017 is a new year, with new rules for college financial aid application deadlines and awards. Many colleges' financial aid deadlines are earlier than previous years! If you have a High School senior, and you have not yet … [Read more...]

Financial Independence and the Busy Student

Financial independence.  It’s a tricky one.  Amidst deadlines and term papers, why worry?  Students should! Take some time to teach your student to navigate financial waters before they are on their own to avoid trouble with credit cards, overdraft fees and other tricky financial woes. Here are a few steps to take now, so you don’t have to … [Read more...]

January 2017 Newsletter: Financial Aid Crunch Time, WUE Scholarships & More

January 2017 Newsletter Time for FAFSA & CSS Profile! Happy New Year! If you have a High School senior, and you have not yet submitted the FAFSA and CSS Profile to all their colleges, do it now! Most private college deadlines are before February 15th and this year, some were as early as January 1st. Everyone … [Read more...]

Shrink West Coast College Tuition with the Western Undergraduate Exchange

It's easy to adore the west coast, and colleges are a fundamental reason why students hold this section of the US so dearly to their hearts.  If you're thinking "I'm going to a college on the western coast" with absolute certainty, you need to fund this endeavor.  How? One of the best places to start is an initiative by the Western Interstate … [Read more...]

December Newsletter 2016: College Prices Hit New Record Highs in 2016!

December 2016 Newsletter College Prices Hit New Record Highs in 2016! Happy Holidays! December is a wonderful month for connecting with family and friends, and also the month for year-end financial aid planning. With the new FAFSA two year look-back, it's parents of Sophmores who should have their financial aid plan … [Read more...]

A Guide to Stafford Loans

Stafford loans, repayments, need-based aid, dependent status... Do these make your head spin? College finances can be a sticky--and confusing--endeavor. Fear not: We'll take out the scary parts of the biggest federal loan available: subsidized and unsubsidized Stafford loans. Traditionally, these are two most common forms of federal student … [Read more...]

November 2016 Newsletter: Canadian Universities, Cheapest Out-of-State Colleges & More!

November 2016 Newsletter Canadian Universities, Cheapest Out-of-State Colleges & More! It's November! The college application season is in full swing for seniors. For any seniors (or juniors) still looking to add some financially and academically 'safe' schools to their list, check out our Senior Scoop for … [Read more...]

October 2016 Newsletter: It’s FAFSA & CSS Profile Time!

October 2016 Newsletter It's FAFSA & CSS Profile Time! Greetings! It's October, the NEW Financial Aid month! When it comes to financial aid articles, the FAFSA is mentioned everywhere but the CSS Profile is often left out. Many families are not aware that "... if your child is considering any of the top … [Read more...]

September 2016 Newsletter: Is Private Worth the Cost?

September 2016 Newsletter  Is Private Worth the Cost? It's September and Back to School Time for Everyone! As a parent of a college bound student, the decision whether to pay more for one college education versus another is daunting. This month's Featured Find discusses results from a CAPSEE report which challenges … [Read more...]