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March 2016 Newsletter

March 2016 Newsletter March Madness! Happy March Madness! If you are the parent of a high school senior, March Madness has a new exciting definition. This March you’ll be scrambling to finish your taxes early, update your FAFSA application, plus send tax returns, special financial circumstances explanations and more to your private colleges. By the end of March, you’ll know all your college acceptances and financial aid awards and be down to your…

Will My Scholarships Be Taxable?

First, congratulations on winning that scholarship! This is a great question, especially now that it’s tax time. Scholarships are generally considered “free money” and not taxed. But…We’re talking about taxes, so there are exceptions. Let’s take a quick look at which situations are taxable and which are not. Non-Taxable Scholarships Scholarships, grants and fellowships are…

College Planning - Field of Golden Wheat

Keep Your Summer Golden with These 5 College Planning Tips

Rising Seniors: As the sun lights up summer evenings, you can bask in the relaxation of BBQs and pool parties.  It’s an enchanting feeling of getting lost in the warmth and timelessness.  As you recharge, it’s also a crucial period of preparation for the final bow of your high school career and the exciting college…

10 Weird Scholarships

10 Weird Scholarships for 2015-16

Paying for college can be stressful and overwhelming, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun.  Did you know that by fully embracing your inner weird factor, you could land yourself some serious scholarship money to help pay your college tuition?  It’s true!  There are a ton of wacky, unusual and just plain weird scholarships…

Map of Colleges that Award the Most Merit Aid

March 2015 Newsletter: Which Colleges Award the Most Merit Aid?

March 2015 Newsletter     It’s March and, if you are a senior, it’s decision time. I love this time of year.  Every day I have the privilege to receive an email or phone call from my many excited clients as their sons and daughters receive college offers. That excitement also comes with trepidation of…

FAFSA4caster

Reviewing the FAFSA4caster

Families harboring upcoming or future college-bound students are unquestionably aware that the FAFSA season kicked off a couple of weeks ago: January 1st 2015. As you gather vital information and documents (such as household income) for the FAFSA, it may lend you a small peace of mind to get a general idea of your potential…