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December Newsletter 2013: Gearing up for the FAFSA, Middle Class Scholarship & More

It’s December!  We reach the end of 2013 and what better time to get a head start on the FAFSA? Because the application period for the FAFSA opens on January 1st 2014, the time sandwiched between the two holidays presents a fantastic opportunity to collect related documents.  This includes tax forms and bank statements, among…

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Middle Class Undergrads, Rejoice!

Thousands of middle class students suffer with a tremendous lack of financial aid simply because their household income lies above normal need-based aid. For those of you in this category, prepare for some amazing news! Governor Jerry Brown signed a California bill enacting the “Middle Class Scholarship” (MCS) program.  It will help support undergraduate students…

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Not Just for Rich Kids: Top Colleges Lend a Hand to Low-Income Students

Low-income students tend to shy away from adding top colleges to their application list.  They, like many others, accept the idea that as long as you have money, you’ll be nearly guaranteed a spot at a top-tier university. … At least, that’s what the past has shown us. Even with a solid 4.0 and laundry…

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November Newsletter 2013: Common App Issues, College Curriculum Debates, Scholarship Resources & More

It’s November and the holiday season is quickly approaching. Many seniors have already applied for early admission to some private colleges and all seniors foresee regular admission deadlines looming upon the horizon.  Ongoing issues with Common Application were an unwelcome distraction in the midst of an already stressful time.  In response to these problems, a growing…

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Scholarship Resources

As seniors begin to finalize their college lists, it’s important to determine which schools may provide merit aid for students. Additionally, many colleges offer school specific scholarship resources to help lessen the burden for students applying. But for many students, private scholarships may be needed to help finance the cost. The internet is a substantial…

Calculator: How Parents Can Use It to Figure Out How Much to Save

How often have you found yourself looking at your child and thinking, “How much will I need to save for their college fund?” Saving and investing for your student’s college education is quite literally a huge investment in his or her future. Among men, median earnings of four-year college graduates were 63% higher than median…