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Understanding How Financial Aid Calculators Work 

For all the seniors and parents who have been on the hunt for the information needed to complete the FAFSA and CSS Profile financial aid applications, you may have come across the idea of financial aid calculators. You might also be wondering what a financial aid calculator is and just how do they work?  There…

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College Costs Will Double or Triple for Many Families 

Guest blogger, Beth V. Walker, is a wealth advisor with Carson Wealth Management, the founder of Center for College Solutions, and the author of “Never Pay Retail for College.” This article was originally written for ReThinking65. How the new financial aid rules will reduce affordability, plus other changes clients need to hear. Effective July 1, 2023, the…

Understanding How College Funding Works

College financial aid pays for the difference between what a school costs to attend and the amount a family will pay from their own money. College financial aid can be a mixture of scholarships, grants, fellowships, federal work-study jobs, tuition reductions or discounts, in addition to student and parent loans. Types of Funding Available  …

Federal Student Loan Interest Rates Going Up More Than 1% for 2022-23

Federal college loans are about to become more expensive. Federal student loan interest rates are increasing this summer by more than one percentage point. The new rates will take effect on July 1, 2022.  Federal Loan Interest Rates The Direct Subsidized Loans and Direct Unsubsidized Loans for undergraduate degrees will increase to 4.99 percent. Direct…

How to Design a College Funding Plan 

By designing a college funding plan, you can save money on your child’s education. If you earn a higher income, or if you have significant assets, that doesn’t mean you’ll have to pay a costly amount for a college education. It’s not too late to formulate a plan, even if your students are juniors, seniors,…

Guest Podcast: How Smart Parents Find the Right School for the Right Price

Guest blogger, Lisa Marker-Robbins, is the founder of Flourish Coaching. “Be smarter about slaying the college planning dragon!” is financial planner, Beth Walker’s advice to smart parents who want to preserve their wealth, limit college debt, or both. She joins the podcast to speak about the critical components required to begin college planning to help your student get…