October 2016 Newsletter
It’s FAFSA & CSS Profile Time!
It’s October, the NEW Financial Aid month!
When it comes to financial aid articles, the FAFSA is mentioned everywhere but the CSS Profile is often left out. Many families are not aware that “… if your child is considering any of the top colleges this country is blessed with, it’s the CSS Profile aid form you should be most concerned with, not so much the FAFSA.”
That’s a quote from Troy Onink, an expert in this field and the author of this month’s Featured Find – “2016 Guide To College Financial Aid, The FAFSA And CSS Profile.” This article is a must read for every parent of college bound kids.
With or without financial aid, college is expensive. This month’s Senior Scoop identifies over 100 private scholarships that seniors can be applying for now.
We want to help you take your next step on the path to creating a clear college funding plan well before you start completing financial aid forms.
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2016 Guide to College Financial Aid, the FAFSA and CSS Profile
Unfortunately, almost everything you’ve read about college financial aid is probably wrong.
New rules affecting when and how students apply for financial aid will impact families and colleges over the next few years, but it’s not just the new information that renders a lot of what you’ve read about college aid to be wrong.
Much of the information on the internet, presented at college aid nights, in print in leading financial publications and disseminated by guidance counselors and the financial industry is either wrong to begin with, misleading or out of context.
Often part of the story is correct, but it’s only correct in the context of specific situations. It’s the reason the answer to almost all college planning questions is – it depends.
“When it comes to financial aid for college, what’s true for some families at some colleges in some years is not true for all families at all colleges every year.”
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100+ Awesome Scholarships That Will Help You Pay for College
Seniors: If applying to college is a nerve-wracking experience, then I’m not sure how to explain the fear and dread involved in paying for it once you get in.
You don’t need to get straight As, be in dire financial straits or go to a ton of activities after school every day to win a scholarship. In some cases, a special skill or interest area — like weird ways to earn or save money — can help you win an award to use toward tuition, housing or even textbooks.
Here’s a list of 100 awesome scholarships to get you started on your search. Application rules and deadlines can change, so be sure to read all of the eligibility requirements on the funding organization’s website before applying.
Happy scholarship hunting!
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About Westface College Planning
If you are a typical parent with college bound students, you’re probably overwhelmed by all the research necessary to help your sons and daughters make the right choices and prevent overpaying for their education.
You are not alone!
Get the facts. Educate yourself to potentially save tens of thousands of dollars on a single college education. Parents of more than one child heading to college in the next few years, can save even more.
At Westface College Planning, we work with families to help you plan for and navigate the “paying for college” process. We teach you how to minimize your out-of-pocket expenses, maximize financial aid eligibility, understand the best way to navigate through the college selection process and prioritize your sources of college funds to protect your life savings!
More information at WestfaceCollegePlanning.com.
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