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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…

4 Tax Saving Strategies for College Funding

It seems there are as many ways to save for college as there are colleges. It pays to do some research and understand ways you can not only save for your child’s education, but save on your tax bill at the same time. Depending on how much college costs, it’s possible to use tax strategies…

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…

Choose a Career, Not a Major

Children are commonly asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” and they dream of being astronauts, firefighters, doctors, teachers, etc. Although your teen might not want to be an astronaut anymore, what they want their career to be when they finish school needs to be a driving force behind their decisions…

Top 8 Financial Aid Planning Tips

We all know college can be expensive. How can you begin preparing for your child’s education now? Texas A&M University offers a lot of great financial aid planning tips for parents on their site. Here are 8 of my favorites: Create a college savings plan. Your greatest asset is time. The sooner you start saving…

Federal Student Loan Default Rates: What You Need to Know

It’s no secret this is a tough economy for recent college graduates. Jobs are scarce and tuition costs are high. In fact, according to the Department of Education (ED) federal student loan default rates climbed to 8.8 percent in 2009, the most recent year for which data is available. This marks the fourth year in…