College Planning For Sophomore High School Year

It might seem early to have a college funding plan in place if your daughter or son is only 14 or 15. It’s not! A student’s sophomore year in high school is the best time to start college planning as it marks the next phase for parents to narrow down the best financial options and strategies for their college-bound student. To stay on track, … [Read more...]

The Best Career Choices For Students

Children are commonly asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” They might dream of being astronauts, firefighters, doctors, teachers, etc. However, as they move into their teenage years, they often want to explore other career choices. Conventional wisdom claims a student’s choice of college and major will drive their occupation. … [Read more...]

Summer Job Benefits and Why Your Student Needs One

For college and high school students, summers provide a welcomed respite from the rigors of the academic year. With a free schedule it is the perfect opportunity to find a summer job to earn some fun money for the upcoming year, and, most importantly, save for college. With the rising costs of college tuition, room and board, and other living … [Read more...]

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!, which offers financial aid planning tips every parent needs to … [Read more...]

5 Practical Money Skills for College Students

Practical money skills are essential to creating lifelong good money habits. For students, developing proper financial habits right from the start puts them on a positive path to becoming financially independent. To help your student, take time to help them navigate financial waters before they are on their own; they’ll be more likely to … [Read more...]

How to Choose an Affordable College

April marks the arrival of college acceptance letters. For students, this is a time of excitement as they begin moving toward their future. For parents, it is an opportune time to review college budgets and ensure your funding plan is affordable and on track. We're happy to help! Costly Mistakes Parents Need to AvoidWe understand that … [Read more...]

Designing a College Financial Plan for Juniors & Beyond

It's March! In a few short weeks, we’re officially diving into spring!Where do high school juniors start their college plan? Before anything else, it’s important to set some time aside to outline your game plan. Here's are 5 to-dos for your junior before senior year begins.How to write a great financial aid appeal letterFor seniors, … [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...]

Award Letters: Understanding Your True Cost of College

It's February! As we enter the month of Valentines, don’t forget to share the love for your finances. Do your financial aid award letters make sense? Award letters are infamous for their complexity, jargon, and aversion to telling you the “true” cost you’ll end up paying. If you’re scratching your head in bewilderment after seeing … [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...]