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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….

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,…

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So You’ve Applied for Financial Aid. Now What?

You’ve submitted the FAFSA. Now all you have to do is wait for the financial aid offers, right? Not always. Often we forget about additional forms or supplemental applications, even if we get reminders or email notifications. Missing a requirement or deadline may cost your family free federal and institutional financial aid. To be one-hundred…

What is Merit Aid and How Do I Get Some?

You may have heard of merit aid, that it helps pay for college, or maybe you know it as merit scholarships. This is what you need to know about merit aid as you prep for college applications. Colleges grant merit aid scholarships to students based on their academic or other achievements. It could be an impressive GPA,…

5 Questions Parents Most Often Ask About Their 529 Plans

529 plans are one of the go-to college savings options for parents. They are heavily marketed, tax-advantaged, let you make high annual contributions, and don’t have income or age restrictions. Many families have some money in 529 plans (which they plan to use for college). If you’re one of those families who have some college…

15 Things to Know About U.S. News’ College Rankings

By Lynn O’Shaughnessy  Published originally on TheCollegeSolution.com While U.S. News and World Report’s college rankings are wildly popular, few families know much about how they are created. Before you place too much faith in U.S. News’ college rankings, here are 15 things that you should know about them. 1. U.S. News relies on rankings to stay alive….