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Pros and Cons of Private Loans

According to the College Board, in 2010 students paid for college with more than $235 billion in grants, scholarships and work-study programs, $8 billion in private student loans, and $104 billion in William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan student loans. Those numbers are only expected to rise in coming years. Most families need help covering…

March 2012: Smaller Out of Pockets Costs, Updating Your FAFSA & More

Greetings! Happy March! For those of you with juniors or seniors in high school, you don’t want to miss out on the extremely valuable and timely information in my College Funding Workshops. My next one is Tuesday night at the Redwood Shores Library, so mark your calendar! Visit www.westfacecollegeplanning.com to register and to read helpful…

Higher Education and the Governor’s Budget

Have you noticed that tuition rates for California college have been increasing steadily over the past 10 years? From 2008‑09 through 2011‑12, the state of California reduced funding for higher education by $2.65 billion. This has resulted in significant increases in student tuition and fees and declining course offerings, making it difficult for students to…

Cal Grants: Keys to Qualification

If you are looking into ways to finance your student’s college education, Cal Grants are a great option for those who qualify. They offer up to $12,192 per year for college expenses at any qualifying California college, university, career or technical school. Best of all, unlike student loans, Cal Grants don’t need to be repaid….

Prepare Your CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE®

While the CSS PROFILE® is required for only about 20 percent of private colleges, for students applying to those schools the application can be overwhelming. Many high school guidance counselors spend most of their time preparing students for submission of the FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid (which is required for all schools,…

Worried About the Expense of College?

College has a way of sneaking up on parents. Are you ready? Our one-hour workshops provide parents with steps they can take right now to lower the cost of college. Are you financially prepared to enter the most expensive time period of your life? All of our workshops offer steps you can take to get…