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February Newsletter 2014: Writing Contest, Merit Aid Restrictions, Senior Checklist & More

It’s February! You may think it’s too early to file your tax returns, but if you have a senior, there are reasons to take action as soon as possible. If you complete your income tax return and update your FAFSA before colleges send out award letters in March, you can expect a more accurate financial…

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January Newsletter 2014: Early-Bird Scholarships, Digital Learning & More

It’s January!  It’s time to submit the FAFSA as soon as possible.  Not only is it a load off your mind, but you’re also guaranteed aid that may otherwise be turned down to students who wait months down the road to apply.  The earlier, the better! If you have any FAFSA questions, sign up for…

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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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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…

October Newsletter 2013: Money Mistakes Awaiting College Students & More

It’s October. The college application season in now in full swing! Is your student considering one of the over 400 private colleges that require a CSS Profile application as well as the FAFSA application to qualify for financial aid? If yes, and your student is applying early action or early decision, make sure to check…

September Newsletter 2013: Why Parents Shouldn’t Pay for College, Crafting a Personal Statement & More

It’s September, and just like that summer is officially over and we are back into another school year! While many were enjoying their summer, we were busy at Westface College Planning gearing up for the busy fall college planning season. With the help of our summer interns, we improved our social media outreach to help…

August Newsletter 2013: Not All College Degrees Are Created Equal & More

  Happy August from beautiful British Columbia! This email is coming to you from the Okanagen Valley. I know I’m biased (being Canadian myself), but B.C. is pretty awesome. Has your student considered any Canadian colleges in their college selection process? The University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University are two great colleges right…

July Newsletter 2013: Student Loan Rates Double & More

  Happy July! I hope everyone has a great 4th of July weekend! In this month’s Senior Scoop, learn how to maximize the IRS educational tax benefits available to you before you choose which funds to use to pay that first college bill. It’s official, student loan rates for government subsidized loans went up from…

June Newsletter 2013: College Budget: Create Your Worksheet Now & More

  Happy June! Summer is here and seniors are now graduating. But before you let your student start their summer vacation, sit them down and plan out their upcoming college budget. In this month’s Senior Scoop I give you a few easy steps to follow to make the college budget a breeze. My next webinar…

May Newsletter 2013: 6 Steps to Determine How Much to Borrow for College

  Happy May! Congratulations to all the high school seniors who have just made their final college decision! Students and parents should now be preparing a realistic college funding budget for the school year to come. Remember, preparing details now will save you time and stress when summer is over and your first college year…