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Understanding the Student Loan Grace Period

Hi Friend, May 1 is usually celebrated as “National College Decision Day” – a time when colleges and universities request their accepted students to finalize their choice of school for the upcoming fall semester by making a deposit. However, this year is an exception… Due to a series of technical issues with the newly implemented…

Choosing a College Major

Hi Friend, It’s April! This spring, the college decision timeline is very different due to the many FAFSA delays. High school seniors will likely start receiving their financial aid offers mid-April. As a result, the Department of Education is encouraging colleges and universities to extend their admission deadlines to allow more time for reviewing offers. …

Which Colleges Offer the Most Merit Aid?

Hi Friend, It’s March, and spring is just around the corner!  If you have a high school senior, it’s getting close to college decision time. March is typically when high school seniors start to receive their college offers and May 1st has always been decision day! This year colleges will be receiving the FAFSA data…

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Are Scholarships Taxable?

Hi Friend, Happy Valentine’s Day! February is an excellent month to treasure your loved ones and your family’s finances. Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is an important first step when figuring out how to pay for college. The new simplified 2024-25 FAFSA “soft launched” on Dec. 30 after a three-month delay and a…

The FAFSA Is Open!

Hi Friend, Happy New Year! The delayed soft launch opening of the FAFSA makes for a crunched timeline, so it’s important to submit the FAFSA as soon as possible – even if you don’t think you’ll qualify for aid.  The FAFSA is integral to unlocking need-based grants, work-study, federal student loans and institutional aid and scholarships. The FAFSA is open,…

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Understanding Financial Aid

Hi Friend, Happy Holidays! We hope you get the opportunity to relax and recharge during the winter break.  The Department of Education has announced that the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be available by December 31, 2023. There will likely be a delay in processing the FAFSA after the updated version of the form goes…

5 Reasons to Apply for Financial Aid

Hi Friend, Happy Thanksgiving! As the excitement of the holiday season begins, it may become more challenging for your student to focus on the college deadlines approaching. Setting a plan in motion is key to staying on top of the college application process. Keeping up to date with the details of college application season is a big…

College Application Season & the CSS Profile

Hi Friend, It’s October, and fall is in the air!   This year, there are some substantial changes coming to the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) stemming from the FAFSA Simplification Act. The projected availability to file the FAFSA for the 2024-25 award year will be delayed to December 2023. The updates to the FAFSA include a complete…

Seniors College Prep Checklist

Hi Friend, It’s September, the school year has officially begun! As your family returns to regular routines and your student is one year closer to college, now is a good time to review your college financial plan. If you have saved money in a 529 college savings plan, these are the first funds you should…

Student Loan Entrance Counseling & Repayment

Hi Friend, As the laid-back days of summer vacation start to wind down, August reminds us that it’s time to start preparing for the school year ahead. For some rising high school seniors, this also means gearing up for college and filling out applications.  Completing the Common Application is one step in the college application…