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Think You’re Too Wealthy to Apply for Financial Aid? Think Again

You earn a good income, own a nice home or two, have money saved for college plus healthy retirement savings. There is no way you will qualify for need based financial aid. Why would you bother completing those cumbersome, intrusive financial aid applications? I often hear this question. Most of my clients, looking for help…

A Look Inside Early Decision & Early Action Options

Westface College Planning welcomes guest blogger Peter Van Buskirk, Founder and President of Best College Fit (BCF), a website that promotes a healthy, student-centered, college-going process for families of all backgrounds. Applying Early Decision (ED) and Early Action (EA) are increasingly popular options for college applicants. The following is a breakdown of what you need to know before you…

October 2015 Newsletter: CSS Profile, FAFSA Changes & More

It’s October! The financial aid application season has officially begun. The 2016 CSS Profile is NOW available. Seniors applying either early decision or early action at any of the 300 colleges that require it may have a deadline as early as November 1st for submission. Check out our Senior Scoop to learn more.    October’s Featured Find explains the…

The CSS/Financial Aid Profile is Available Now!

Seniors: The CSS/Financial Aid Profile is Available Now! The CSS Profile is the form YOU need to complete to qualify and maximize nonfederal financial aid from the almost 300 colleges who require it. While not as commonly used as the FAFSA, for those colleges that do use it, completing the CSS Profile is a requirement…

The ACT Essay is Changing in September 2015

Guest blogger Amy Rodriguez of Excellence for College has timely information about the ACT changes. Students will see a completely different ACT Writing Section (Essay) on the ACT test offered on September 12, 2015. So why is it that none of the students I talk to have heard anything about this? Well, it’s time to get…

CSS PROFILE - Warming Up

Warming Up for the CSS PROFILE

While the CSS PROFILE® is required for only about 20 percent of private colleges, for students applying to those schools, the application can be overwhelming. High school guidance counselors may spend most of their time preparing students for submission of the FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid (which is required for all schools,…