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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…

Maximizing Merit Aid

Hi Friend, March is here! We are all anticipating the arrival of spring and the longer days of sunshine. Along with dreaming of warmer weather, high school seniors are also anxiously waiting for their college acceptances and financial aid award letters. Few students pay the published tuition price at private colleges. Many private colleges provide…

What Exactly is Merit Aid, and are you Eligible?

You may have heard of merit aid, or merit scholarships. Maybe you heard that it helps pay for college, but do you know how it works or how to get it? Here is what you need to know about merit aid as your student prepares for college applications. Colleges grant merit aid scholarships to students…

Competing Financial Priorities Balancing College and Retirement

Hi Friend,  It’s February! Valentine’s Day is our opportunity to send love and say thank you for supporting us at Westface College Planning. Wishing you everything that makes you happiest, today and always.  If you’re a Senior, you may be starting to receive your college acceptance and financial aid award letters. At first glance, your…

Your Financial Aid Award Letter: How To Decipher Your True Cost of College.

Congratulations, you are finally receiving your college acceptance letters! Getting into college is a huge achievement and a big step into the next chapter of your life. After you enjoy that initial feeling of relief, expect another piece of the puzzle to arrive. Your financial aid award letter.  If you filed the Free Application for…

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Student Loan Repayment Pause Extended to May 1, 2022

Hi Friend, It’s January! Happy New Year from all of us at Westface College Planning! Do you have any resolutions to tackle? Let’s make 2022 a financially fit year! A great Christmas gift was given to federal student loans borrowers! If you aren’t currently paying back your federal student loans, you just got another extension before you…