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...]

Introducing the Coalition App

Seniors: You’ve heard of the Common App, but did you know there’s now an alternative?  It’s known as the Coalition App for Access, Affordability, and Success, and will be available for the first time in 2016. It rewards students who think ahead in high school, and in fact, allows you to craft a profile as early as freshman year: an online … [Read more...]

August 2016 Newsletter: New School Year, New FAFSA

August 2016 Newsletter  New School Year, New FAFSA It's August! Your student may be gearing up for education mode, or in the midst of first week preparations. As you may know, financial aid and the FAFSA are closely knit, and you might be used to a 5 month cushion during the summer before opening. However, the … [Read more...]

New FAFSA Adjustments: What You Need to Know

Get ready, seniors: The FAFSA is shaking up the rules.  Previously, the FAFSA application process began January 1st.  It’s become common knowledge: New Year, new FAFSA.  This is no longer the case. If you (or your parents) are early bird completionists, take note—the FAFSA now opens October 1st of each year.  This means for the 2017-18 academic … [Read more...]

July 2016 Newsletter: Federal Student Loan Rates are Dropping

July 2016 Newsletter  Federal Student Loan Rates are Dropping It's July!  We hope you made some wonderful memories this Independence Day. Exciting news: Federal student loan rates are decreasing! Read the full story in this month's Featured Find. For our upcoming seniors, share our Senior Scoop to nudge them in the … [Read more...]

Make Summer 2016 Your Best Yet

Seniors: Heat, BBQs, and vacations all mix into the perfect recipe for a memorable summer.  It's completely normal to spend your months off hanging out with friends (everyone deserves time to relax!). In your down time, get the college planning train rolling. Even if only for an hour a week, it all counts. Summer of Planning Research: … [Read more...]

Land an Athletic Scholarship

You've enrolled your student in their favorite sport. They seem to have a knack at it. How does that tie into their college future (other than first string)? An athletic scholarship may be the key to avoiding college financial debt. Take a look at these 7 tips to find out if an athletic scholarship is right for your child: Start early. The … [Read more...]

June 2016 Newsletter

June 2016 Newsletter How to Win at Getting College Financial Aid I have exciting news to share! We recently moved Westface College Planning's headquarters to Camas, Washington. This growing business area is just across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon. We will continue to work with all our valued California … [Read more...]

Knowing the Rules of the Debit Card Game

Seniors: How do you manage your cash? Carrying it around in your wallet is the easiest, but not the wisest nor safest option. One little plastic card (soon enough, using only your phone and fingerprint) can solve the problem. Time to sign up for your very own debit account. With the wide variety of options available from different banks, it … [Read more...]

May 2016 Newsletter: Here’s to the Class of 2020 … What’s Next?

May 2016 Newsletter Here's to the Class of 2020 ... What's Next? Happy May! May 1st was the deadline for seniors for most college decisions.  Congratulations to all those students who’ve made their choice! Your next step is to build your college funding plan. For many families, that will include some loans. … [Read more...]