2017-2018 Student Loan Rates – 4.45%

June 2017 Newsletter How to Never Pay Retail for College It’s June! Warm afternoons, days spent with your toes in the sand at the beach, tossing aside winter and spring attire for jean shorts and tank tops… Yes, summer is here! Congratulations if you have a soon to be college freshmen. This summer will be a critical … [Read more...]

May 2017 Newsletter: How to Never Pay Retail for College

May 2017 Newsletter How to Never Pay Retail for College It’s May! Congratulations to all our seniors who have chosen their college for the next 4 years! For those of you who accepted at one college, but have also secured a spot on the waiting list for another college, this month's Senior Scoop shares waitlist … [Read more...]

Never Pay Retail for College

An excerpt from Never Pay Retail for College by Beth Walker. If what you thought you knew about college turned out not to be true, when would you want to know? As soon as possible? In time to do something about it? I’m so glad you’ve found this book. In these pages, I will share with you the sobering news about higher education as it exists … [Read more...]

April 2017 Newsletter: Effective Financial Appeals, Weighing Costs & College Choice

April 2017 Newsletter Should You Appeal Your Aid Offer? It’s April! Congratulations to all our seniors! College acceptances and financial aid offers have finally arrived. YOU get to choose your best academic, social, and financial fit college. Parents and students sometimes ask: Can I appeal my financial award? Yes, this … [Read more...]

5 Tips for an Effective Financial Aid Appeal

Is the award letter from your favorite college not what you’d hoped?  Enough to wonder if it’s even possible without taking on an enormous loan? Don’t panic!  You DO have the power to up the amount by thousands by opting for a financial aid appeal. At this point, you’ve tallied the net amounts for your top picks.  You roughly know what you’ll … [Read more...]

March 2017 Newsletter: Award Letter Tips, Big Scholarships & More!

March 2017 Newsletter It's College Acceptance Season! It’s March! I love this time of year.  Every day I have the privilege to receive an email or phone call from my many excited clients as their sons and daughters receive college offers. The excitement also comes with trepidation of the impending expense for college. … [Read more...]

7 Tips to Unraveling Financial Award Letters

Award letters are notoriously complex.  They're riddled with finance terms and non-standard abbreviations.  You're left thinking, "So what do I REALLY owe?" It's with good reason, but the process becomes far less convoluted when you break down the individual pieces. Master the formula.  As you sift through these award letters, it’s important … [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...]