January 2013: Ten Common FAFSA Mistakes and More





Happy New Year!

Now that the holidays are over and things are getting back to normal, it’s time to keep your eyes on the prize. FAFSA and CSS Profile deadlines are just around the corner, which means January is the month to finish filling out all the necessary forms and get them ready to send out. Make sure to read the Senior Scoop article this month it explains ten of the most common FAFSA mistakes you’ll want to avoid.

Our next “Tackling The Runaway Cost of College” workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, January 16th at 6:30pm in San Carlos. And we have big news! If you can’t physically make a workshop, no worries, we are now also offering “Tackling The Runaway Costs of College” online webinars. Now you can attend one of our webinars from the comfort of your own home. Our next webinar is scheduled for Saturday, January 19th at 9am. Reserve your webinar seat today!

Finally, if you’re a high school senior, it’s time to commit to working hard in your classes during the second semester of your senior year. Although most students get a case of “senioritis” during the second half of the school year, once they get accepted, students think they can take a holiday from school work. This is a big mistake. Colleges check to see how students are doing in their courses and will revoke an admission for poor grades. Don’t let this happen to you.

All the best,
Beatrice Schultz, CFP®
Westface College Planning 
College Funding Specialist 

College Smart Radio: Tackling the Runaway Costs of College

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Tune in to 1220am KDOW – the Wall Street Business Network from 3:00pm-3:30pm every Saturday for my radio show, College Smart Radio – Tackling the Runaway Costs of College. The show can be streamed live at www.KDOW.biz, too!

Curious what College Smart Radio covers? Tune in this Saturday at 3:00pm – 3:30pm on KDOW 1220 am when I discuss what prepaid tuition plans are and why they may be the right savings plan for you, with my guest Lloyd Leanse, Managing Director of Prager & Co. and member of the board of directors of Tuition Plan Consortium, LLC.

Listen to last Saturday’s show in our College Smart Radio archives, where we discussed the benefits and fundamentals of how to utilize “A Cash Value Life Insurance Policy for College Savings Accumulation” with my guest Don Blanton, Founder & President of Moneytrax. It’s all important information you won’t want to miss out on. Thanks for listening!

Featured Find: Private Colleges Cut Tuition Costs To Lure Students Turned Off By High Cost-High Aid Model 

Donald Farish, president of Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I., always wanted higher education to become a major issue in a national election. He didn’t mean unaffordable tuition rates. “Be careful with what you wish for,” he said.

But Americans’ fear that they’re being priced out of higher education also offers an opportunity for enterprising colleges. Farish, for one, is seizing the moment.

Roger Williams University recently announced all incoming students at the private university will be given a tuition guarantee, meaning their tuition will not rise during their undergraduate career. “What we’re trying to say is we’ll take some responsibility here,” Farish said. “We’ll take on some of the task by not increasing tuition and raise the money some other way.”

Read more here.

Upcoming “Tackling The Runaway Costs of College” Workshops: Seating may be limited – Register to ensure your spot!

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Most parents are not financially prepared to enter the most expensive time period of their lives, covering their child’s college education. Our 1-hour workshops provide steps you can take right now to assure you understand the cost of attendance and how you can afford college without jeopardizing your retirement.

Here are our upcoming workshops:

  • “Tackling the Runaway Costs of College – College Funding Workshop:”  Wednesday, January 16, 2013 from 6:30-7:30p.m. at our new location, 990 Industrial Road, Suite 112, San Carlos
  • “Tackling the Runaway Costs of College – Webinar:”Saturday, January 19, 2013 from 9:00-10:00a.m. online.

Parents and students are welcome! Please visit our workshops page to to learn more or click here to reserve your webinar seat today!

Senior Scoop: Ten Common FAFSA Mistake

January is the month that millions of families disclose their financial data to the Department of Education through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Specifically, more than 20 million FAFSA applications are submitted each year. Depending on the statistic you prefer to use, anywhere from 70% – 90% are submitted with errors. An error-filled FAFSA will likely reduce the amount of aid you might receive. Given the FAFSA has been called “the gateway to financial aid” and with the ever increasing costs associated with college, it is imperative to minimize mistakes in completing it. Here are ten ways to reduce the likelihood of your FAFSA containing errors.

Read more here.

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At Westface College Planning, we are committed to helping parents through the process of making the right financial choices for their college bound students.

If you are a typical parent with college bound students, you’re probably overwhelmed by all the research necessary to help your sons and daughters make the right choices and prevent overpaying for their education.

You are not alone!

Our information packed one-hour workshops will help you:

  • Understand the true cost of college and how to afford it.
  • Learn the specific steps to take immediately to maximize financial aid.
  • Receive valuable information on scholarships and gift aid qualification.
  • Gain awareness on how to accurately compare the true cost of schools, public vs. private.
  • Develop best practices for school selection, and more!

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