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September Newsletter 2014: Reinforcing the Value of a College Degree, How Financial Aid Formulas Work & More

It’s September! Are you prepared for Fall?  As we ring in the new school year–whether high school or college–planning ahead remains a vital, dominant factor in staying one step ahead of the financial planning and admissions processes. Still struggling with the question of whether a college education is worth it?  This month’s Featured Find discusses new…

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Financial Aid Calculators: One You’ve Heard About, Two You May Not Have

Seniors: As you search for necessary information required for the FAFSA, you most likely have ran into the idea of financial aid calculators, but what are they and how do they work? Generally speaking, there are three calculators that colleges use: the FAFSA, Profile and Consensus, all of which abide by a set of rules: Your…

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Early Action: Is It Your Gateway to Merit Aid?

Lazy summer days will soon linger behind us, and it’s especially difficult to push away the insistent demon of procrastination, whispering in your ear, “You have months to apply for college and the school year hasn’t even begun. Why start worrying about it now?”  You may want to flick the little pest away and remind…

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5 Thoughts to Confidently Shape Your Senior Year

Soon-to-be Seniors: While you rightfully have college on the brain, don’t unknowingly dismiss the last year of your high school career. Visualize yourself stepping onto campus as an official senior.  Keep these thoughts in mind as you traverse classes, time alongside your friends and all the wonderful life experiences you’re about to embrace: Teachers love…

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Retirement or College Savings?

If a friend casually asked you during a conversation whether you believe saving for college or retirement is at the top of your list, what would you say?  Surprisingly, many harmonize together to a similar tune: retirement. Why, you may wonder? According to the Wall Street Journal, it’s a simple answer: strategies for retirement plans…

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How to Make the Most Out of Your Summer Break

Soon-to-be Seniors (and Juniors): We’re smack dab in the middle of summer, and now that you’ve soaked up some sun and clocked in plenty of R&R, it’s time to maximize your free time to its fullest. While you’ve been rightfully savoring your vacation days, you don’t want to leave your mind rusty or completely fall…