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March 2012: Smaller Out of Pockets Costs, Updating Your FAFSA & More

Greetings! Happy March! For those of you with juniors or seniors in high school, you don’t want to miss out on the extremely valuable and timely information in my College Funding Workshops. My next one is Tuesday night at the Redwood Shores Library, so mark your calendar! Visit www.westfacecollegeplanning.com to register and to read helpful…

Westface College Planning on Bankrate.com!

Did you see Westface College Planning’s Beatrice Schultz quoted on Bankrate.com? 7 places to find financial aid for adults Young, unmarried students who have never done military service are considered dependent students, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Students older than 24 and those who are married, have completed military service or who…

Higher Education and the Governor’s Budget

Have you noticed that tuition rates for California college have been increasing steadily over the past 10 years? From 2008‑09 through 2011‑12, the state of California reduced funding for higher education by $2.65 billion. This has resulted in significant increases in student tuition and fees and declining course offerings, making it difficult for students to…

Calculating Future College Costs

Did you know that parents of a newborn should start saving approximately $700 per month for the next 18 years in order to save enough money to pay for four years of college at a University of California (UC) school? That’s right – with college cost of attendance (COA) at a UC coming in at…

Cal Grants: Keys to Qualification

If you are looking into ways to finance your student’s college education, Cal Grants are a great option for those who qualify. They offer up to $12,192 per year for college expenses at any qualifying California college, university, career or technical school. Best of all, unlike student loans, Cal Grants don’t need to be repaid….

AP Courses: How Much is Too Much?

As colleges get increasingly competitive, students find themselves taking more and more AP (Advanced Placement) classes to gain an edge. Schools can offer up to 34 courses from Art History to Statistics for students to choose from. And why not? The rigorous classes (and a high score on the year-end exams) can boost grade point…