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Parents: It’s Time for YOU to Go Back to School

It’s August! Whether your student is gearing up for education mode, or right in the middle of first-week preparations, August means it’s the start of back to school season. Stretch Out Summer Earnings with a Clear Savings Plan Embarking on a summer job may be new territory for your student. Before spending a penny, talk…

Do Higher Discounts Help Out Students or Colleges?

It’s July! Time to soak in those warm summer rays and get some well-deserved R&R. Private Colleges are Offering Discounts at Historic Levels Did you know private school discounts are at an all-time high? Tuition and fees are 44.2% for all undergraduates and 49.1% for first-time, full-time freshman. But does that weigh in favor of the…

Federal Student Loan Interest Rates were Announced, and They’re Rising

It’s June! Summer is here!  A warm congratulations to our graduating seniors.  You did it! If you have soon-to-be college freshmen, this summer will be a critical time to create your detailed college funding plan for the next four years. For many families, this will include some loans. Federal student loan interest rates are rising for…

How to Craft a College Budget That’ll Set Up Your Student for Success

It’s May! Congratulations to all our graduating seniors! Our students have received offers from so many great colleges all around the U.S., including Bucknell, Cal Poly, Claremont McKenna, Grinnell, Macalester, Penn State, RPI, Smith, Syracuse, U. of Hawaii, U. of Oregon, UC Berkeley, UC Riverside, Virginia Tech, Whitman and many more. Another decided to take on…

“No Loan” Colleges & Your Guide to Federal Student Loan Repayment Plans

April is here! For seniors, college acceptances and financial aid offers are in. Now comes the tough time: Choosing a college that’s your student’s best academic, social, and financial fit. For many families, student loans—both federal and private—may be part of your decision process to choose the college that’s a good financial fit. Parents of…

Financial Aid Appeals, Dare 2B Digital & Wine Event at Salud!

Looking forward to Springtime, aren’t you? If you have high school seniors, college acceptances and financial aid awards (scholarships, grants, and loans) are starting to arrive. Appealing your financial aid award is possible for some students. Check out this month’s “Tips for Parent of Seniors” to learn if, how and when to appeal for more…

Why Student Loans are Good

Merit-Based Aid, Dare 2B Digital Conference, & Workshops! Can you believe it’s already February?! Many colleges’ financial aid deadlines are earlier than previous years! If you have a High School senior, and you have not yet submitted the FAFSA and CSS Profile to all their colleges, do it TODAY! As we work with families to…

New Tax Impact

Managing Student Loans Happy New Year! If you have a High School senior, and you have not yet submitted the FAFSA and CSS Profile to all their preferred colleges, do it now! Some private college financial aid deadlines have passed and every public and private college deadline is before March 1, 2018. Many people are…

Critical Year-End College Planning

‘Tis the Season for College Planning Happy Holidays! December is not only a wonderful month for connecting with family and friends but also the month for year-end financial aid planning. With the new FAFSA two-year look-back, parents of Sophomores should have their financial aid plan solidified before 2018 starts (the income year that counts for…

Not Only FAFSA, Profile Too!

College Cost Clarity It’s November! If you are a parent of a senior and you haven’t applied for financial aid yet, don’t wait another day to check financial aid application deadline dates for every one of your student’s colleges. Every day, I talk with parents who don’t realize that the FAFSA is not the only financial aid…