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February 2015 Newsletter: College Funding isn’t Only About Financial Aid & More

February 2015 Newsletter  It’s February! As we enter the month of Valentines, embrace your sweetheart, but don’t forget to share the love for an important significant other always present in your life: your finances. Our Featured Find discusses the incredibly high cost of college, emphasizing the point that “whether your child qualifies for financial aid or not,…

January Newsletter 2015: Ten Common FAFSA Mistakes, Taking a Gap Year & More

January Newsletter 2015  January marks the beginning of the FAFSA season.  It’s time to apply!  Every college has a different deadline.  Some are as early as January 15th.  If you submit your application as soon as possible, not only is it a load off your mind, but you’re also first in line to receive the…

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December Newsletter 2014: Is College Worth It? Athletic Scholarships & More

December Newsletter 2014  It’s December!  Before taking that first winter sleigh ride, set aside some time this month to review your college financial plan.  If you have a senior, it’s time to prepare for the FAFSA, which will be available in less than a month.  If you have a junior, only a few weeks remain to…

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October Newsletter 2014: Student Loan Apocalypse, CSS Profile & More

October Newsletter 2014 It’s October! Is your student considering one of the 300+ colleges that require the CSS Profile application as well as the FAFSA application to qualify for financial aid? If your answer is a definite “yes”, and your student is applying Early Action or Early Decision, make sure to check the deadline for your…

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September Newsletter 2014: Reinforcing the Value of a College Degree, How Financial Aid Formulas Work & More

It’s September! Are you prepared for Fall?  As we ring in the new school year–whether high school or college–planning ahead remains a vital, dominant factor in staying one step ahead of the financial planning and admissions processes. Still struggling with the question of whether a college education is worth it?  This month’s Featured Find discusses new…

August 2014 Newsletter: 10 Things Your College Student Doesn’t Need & More

It’s August! While you and your students gear up for education mode, some schools have already opened their doors.  In any case, we’re here to help prepare your college-bound teen for one of the most pivotal points in their life. For those of you collecting items for college, you may not realize some are unnecessary…

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July 2014 Newsletter: Why 50% of Grads Rely on Parents, Making the Most Out of Summer Break & More

    It’s July! We hope all of you enjoy July 4th and wish you a safe–and fun!– holiday. Worried your student may not be utilizing their free time during these relaxing summer days?  This month’s Senior Scoop shares various means of productivity that will keep their mind stimulated and even nudge forward their college…

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June Newsletter 2014: Rising Student Loan Rates, The Western Undergraduate Exchange & More

It’s June! Warm afternoons, days spent with your toes in the sand at the beach, tossing aside winter and spring attire for jean shorts and tank tops… Yes, summer is here! Congratulations if you have a soon to be college freshmen. This summer will be a critical time to create your detailed college funding plan…

May 2014 Newsletter: How Much to Borrow for College, 5 Steps to Building a Smart Budget & More

  It’s May! May 1st was the deadline for most college decisions. Congratulations to those seniors who made their challenging college choice! For those of you with young kids, you may wonder which type of savings plan is right for your child’s college fund.  Should you consider saving in a 529 plan, a brokerage account,…

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April 2014 Newsletter: College Meal Plans, FAFSA Confusion & More

It’s April! If you’re the parent of a senior, your soon-to-be college student has received acceptance and award letters.  They will be making their tough final college choice this month. A not-so-tough, but important, next decision will be the sifting through the options for college meal plans.  This month’s Senior Scoop describes a general overview of common…