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Top 10 FAFSA Mistakes to Avoid

Are you ready to file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)? Because the government and colleges give aid on a first come, first serve basis, it’s important to be submit as early as possible. Unfortunately a mistake on your FAFSA can delay processing for weeks, moving your application behind the countless others that…

December 2011: All About the FAFSA Application & More

Greetings! Are you ready to file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)? Because the government gives aid on a first come, first serve basis, it’s important to submit your FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1. Keep reading for more details about why and our December 20th FAFSA workshop that will focus…

Asset Shifting as a Financial Aid Strategy

Is Asset Shifting a feasible financial aid strategy when it comes to your son or daughter’s college education? Although it’s not used frequently, in some situations this can be a valuable strategy. Asset Shifting is when you move liquid assets around to increase your need-based eligibility. There are a few steps you need to take…

How to Get an Athletic Scholarship

Does your student have athletic ability? Do you think he or she might have a chance at an athletic scholarship? If so, it’s extremely important to do your homework. Here are 7 tips to find out if an athletic scholarship is right for your child: Start early. The National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) eligibility rules begin…

November 2011: When to Complete College Applications

Greetings! Is your senior finishing up his or her College Applications? It’s best to have them submitted before the Thanksgiving break, so help your child stay on track! Find out why this is so important in the “Senior Scoop” below, and keep reading to find out which college degrees are most marketable in today’s economy…

529 Plan Basics: Pros, Cons and Strategies

One strategy that many families use to save for college is to invest in a 529 plan. What is it? A 529 plan is a tax-advantaged savings plan designed to encourage saving for future college costs. 529 plans, legally known as “qualified tuition plans,” are sponsored by states, state agencies or educational institutions and are…