5 Practical Money Skills for College Students

Practical money skills are essential to creating lifelong good money habits. For students, developing proper financial habits right from the start puts them on a positive path to becoming financially independent. To help your student, take time to help them navigate financial waters before they are on their own; they’ll be more likely to … [Read more...]

How to Choose an Affordable College

April marks the arrival of college acceptance letters. For students, this is a time of excitement as they begin moving toward their future. For parents, it is an opportune time to review college budgets and ensure your funding plan is affordable and on track. We're happy to help! Costly Mistakes Parents Need to AvoidWe understand that … [Read more...]

Designing a College Financial Plan for Juniors & Beyond

It's March! In a few short weeks, we’re officially diving into spring!Where do high school juniors start their college plan? Before anything else, it’s important to set some time aside to outline your game plan. Here's are 5 to-dos for your junior before senior year begins.How to write a great financial aid appeal letterFor seniors, … [Read more...]

5 To-Do’s for Making High School Juniors College Ready

School is back in full swing, and that means for many high school juniors, the thought of college isn’t too far behind. So what can you do to get ready for the collegiate grind? Here are a few tips to get you on the right track to plan for college as a high school junior. Make a Game Plan Before anything else, it’s important to set some time … [Read more...]

Award Letters: Understanding Your True Cost of College

It's February! As we enter the month of Valentines, don’t forget to share the love for your finances. Do your financial aid award letters make sense? Award letters are infamous for their complexity, jargon, and aversion to telling you the “true” cost you’ll end up paying. If you’re scratching your head in bewilderment after seeing … [Read more...]

Surprise! Your financial aid award letter doesn’t make sense. Here’s how to measure your true cost of college.

Getting college acceptance letters is a huge relief. It’s no longer a guessing game. Once you've celebrated, expect another piece of the puzzle to arrive. Your financial aid award letter. Trouble is, they’re not as straightforward as an acceptance letter. Either you’re in or not. With award letters, colleges tend to use their own vocabulary, … [Read more...]

Dare 2B Digital Conference 2019

We’re excited to announce Beatrice Schultz, CFP® is hosting a paying for college workshop at the Dare 2B Digital Conference 2019, an opportunity for students in grades 7-10 (and their parents!) to spend a day interacting and learning with Silicon Valley technology professionals. Join us at Dare 2B Digital for a day of opportunity and … [Read more...]

What to Look for After Submitting Your FAFSA & CSS Profile

It's January! Happy New Year from all of us at Westface College Planning! Do you have any resolutions to tackle? Let's make 2019 a financially fit year! See if you're missing anything that'll prevent you from getting financial aid The FAFSA and CSS Profile aren't the only financial aid requirements you should have on your radar. Colleges may … [Read more...]

So You’ve Applied for Financial Aid. Now What?

You’ve submitted the FAFSA. Now all you have to do is wait for the financial aid offers, right? Not always. Often we forget about additional forms or supplemental applications, even if we get reminders or email notifications. Missing a requirement or deadline may cost your family free federal and institutional financial aid. To be one-hundred … [Read more...]

College Tax Breaks and Tips for Filing

It's December! As you round up your end-of-year to-dos, we want to share with you a few college related tips to consider while planning your 2018 tax filing. Be sure to check with your tax professional to confirm whether any of these tips apply to your tax situation. College Tax Breaks Are you making the most of possible tax breaks before, … [Read more...]