August 2016 Newsletter: New School Year, New FAFSA

Back to School

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 FAFSA’s date was pushed up.  Take a look at this month’s Senior Scoop for the new date and other need-to-know changes.

If you want the most bang for your buck, TIME lists colleges with the best overall value in our Featured Find.

We want to help you take your next step on the path to creating a clear college funding plan.

Sign up for an upcoming workshop (details below ) or give me a call today.

  5d778bb1-f525-4d34-87e8-a657bf474f40All the best,
  Beatrice Schultz, CFP®
  Westface College Planning 
  WA: (360) 818-7728 | CA: (650) 587-1517 
  1498 SE Tech Center Place, Ste 385

  Vancouver, WA 98683

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Everybody knows that college is expensive—and that choosing a school is one of the biggest financial decisions many families ever have to make.

With tuition, room and board, textbooks, and incidental costs, a public university could run you $20,000 a year or more, even if you qualify for in-state tuition. A highly selective private college can set you back $70,000.

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Senior Scoop

New FAFSA Adjustments: What You Need to Know

Get ready, seniors: The FAFSA is shaking up the rules. 

Previously, the 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 year, October 1st 2016 marks the FAFSA start date.

You may think: Why worry about finishing early?  First come, first serve doesn’t only apply to politeness.

Chances are, several institutions in your list of choices may use this method to hand out financial aid, as many do.

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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!

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