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Financial Aid Optimization For Your High School Sophomore Starts In 2020!

A two-year lookback at income for financial aid eligibility may make the process daunting. Our advice hasn’t changed: Plan your college funding now!

What Qualifies as Section 529 Housing Expenses During COVID-19?

The global COVID-19 pandemic has presented us all with numerous new challenges, none more so than those facing students and parents. In many states, physical classrooms remain closed, leaving students, teachers and parents at the mercy of technology in ways no one could have expected. Even in states that have opened their classrooms, school buildings…

Are You Prepared for the CSS Profile?

The CSS Profile application is used primarily by participating colleges for non-government financial aid, such as institutional scholarships, grants and loans. The CSS Profile involves a more detailed questionnaire than the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), focusing on the student’s detailed financial and household information, so it’s important to understand as much as…

Should You Appeal Your Financial Aid Award?

Have you been through any major changes since applying for financial aid? If your rewarded seems low, you might want to appeal it.

Universities Are Shifting Away From Standardized Testing

Fretting over your student’s SAT/ACT score and wondering if it sizes up in the eyes of their dream college? Thanks to COVID-19, it may not factor into their chance of admission whatsoever. For past generations, taking the SAT or ACT was a crucial element in the university application process, as most schools required them. The…

How To Write A College Essay That Rocks!

A large part of the college application process is submitting a college essay. Which is why we are sharing five tips on how to better yours!