7 Financial Aid Planning Tips You Need To Know

College can be expensive, and with rising tuition costs parents and students need to be financially prepared to make sound decisions based on what they can afford. A good place to begin researching to prepare for your child’s education costs is with online resources like FinAid! and Texas A&M University, which offer financial aid planning tips … [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...]

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...]

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...]

What is Merit Aid and How Do I Get Some?

You may have heard of merit aid, that it helps pay for college, or maybe you know it as merit scholarships. This is what you need to know about merit aid as you prep for college applications. Colleges grant merit aid scholarships to students based on their academic or other achievements. It could be an impressive GPA, athletic skills, an … [Read more...]