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Choosing a College Major

Hi Friend, It’s April! This spring, the college decision timeline is very different due to the many FAFSA delays. High school seniors will likely start receiving their financial aid offers mid-April. As a result, the Department of Education is encouraging colleges and universities to extend their admission deadlines to allow more time for reviewing offers. …

Does Your Teen’s College Major Choice Matter In Admissions?     

By Beatrice Schultz (Westface College Planning) and Lisa Marker-Robbins (Flourish Coaching) If you’re the parent of a college-bound teenager, you know all too well the mix of excitement and anxiety that comes with planning for college. The pressure to choose the right college and major, meet application deadlines, and ensure a bright future for your…

Which Colleges Offer the Most Merit Aid?

Hi Friend, It’s March, and spring is just around the corner!  If you have a high school senior, it’s getting close to college decision time. March is typically when high school seniors start to receive their college offers and May 1st has always been decision day! This year colleges will be receiving the FAFSA data…

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Unlocking Opportunities: Colleges Offering the Most Merit Aid     

One of the biggest concerns for most college-bound students and their families when planning for college is the cost of attending. Fortunately, there are other options besides taking out student loans to help pay for a higher education. The two types of financial aid are need-based aid and merit aid. Need-based aid is awarded based on…

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Are Scholarships Taxable?

Hi Friend, Happy Valentine’s Day! February is an excellent month to treasure your loved ones and your family’s finances. Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is an important first step when figuring out how to pay for college. The new simplified 2024-25 FAFSA “soft launched” on Dec. 30 after a three-month delay and a…

Scholarships: Understanding the Tax Implications    

As tax season unfolds, it’s important for college students and recent graduates to organize their financial documents and understand their potential tax obligations, especially if they have received a scholarship in the past year. While scholarships are often perceived as “free money,” there are specific circumstances that may require reporting scholarships as taxable income.   Some…