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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

A Look Inside Early Decision & Early Action Options

Westface College Planning welcomes guest blogger Peter Van Buskirk, Founder and President of Best College Fit (BCF), a website that promotes a healthy, student-centered, college-going process for families of all backgrounds. Applying Early Decision (ED) and Early Action (EA) are increasingly popular options for college applicants. The following … [Read more...]