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USNews: 5 Hints to Compare Financial Aid Award Letters

Last year, USNews posted a fantastic article about factors to consider when making the final college selection. Here’s what the article says: It’s crunch time for families in the college selection process. The admissions decisions are in and, with two weeks remaining before the May 1 reply date, students are now turning their attention to…

Cal Grants: Keys to Qualification

If you are looking into ways to finance your student’s college education, Cal Grants are a great option for those who qualify. They offer up to $12,192 per year for college expenses at any qualifying California college, university, career or technical school. Best of all, unlike student loans, Cal Grants don’t need to be repaid….

Prepare Your CSS/Financial Aid 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. Many high school guidance counselors 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,…

FAFSA: Your Gateway to Financial Aid

There’s no question that the month of January is the month to complete the FAFSA (the Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Equally, there’s no question that the FAFSA is the gateway to billions of dollars of financial aid. With that in mind, its imperative the FAFSA form be submitted correctly. But, depending upon the…

Top 10 FAFSA Mistakes to Avoid

Are you ready to file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)? Because the government and colleges give aid on a first come, first serve basis, it’s important to be submit as early as possible. Unfortunately a mistake on your FAFSA can delay processing for weeks, moving your application behind the countless others that…

Asset Shifting as a Financial Aid Strategy

Is Asset Shifting a feasible financial aid strategy when it comes to your son or daughter’s college education? Although it’s not used frequently, in some situations this can be a valuable strategy. Asset Shifting is when you move liquid assets around to increase your need-based eligibility. There are a few steps you need to take…