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5 Reasons Why EVERYONE Should Apply for Financial Aid

One of the most common questions I hear is, “Don’t I make too much to apply for financial aid?” This is an excellent question. If you earn a high income, own a nice home or two and have money saved for college and retirement, why would you bother completing those cumbersome and intrusive financial aid…

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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 Avoid We understand that…

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 letter For…

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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….

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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 one of…

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,…