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...]

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...]

10 FAFSA Mistakes that Affect Financial Aid

This month's Senior Scoop article is re-posted from fastweb.com. A mistake on your FAFSA can delay the processing of your application for financial aid! About 30% of all FAFSAs were selected for verification, a process intended to identify and correct common errors. Some colleges voluntarily required 100% of FAFSAs to undergo verification. If … [Read more...]

December 2015 Newsletter: End of Year FAFSA Tips & More

December 2015 Newsletter End of Year FAFSA Tips & More It’s December!  Before you settle in for the holidays, make sure you have optimized your 2015 end of year financial aid strategies. Next year new FAFSA rules will be implemented, which makes 2015 income a critical year for everyone. If you have a high school … [Read more...]

Think You’re Too Wealthy to Apply for Financial Aid? Think Again

You earn a good income, own a nice home or two, have money saved for college plus healthy retirement savings. There is no way you will qualify for need based financial aid. Why would you bother completing those cumbersome, intrusive financial aid applications? I often hear this question. Most of my clients, looking for help with college … [Read more...]