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May 2014 Newsletter: How Much to Borrow for College, 5 Steps to Building a Smart Budget & More

  It’s May! May 1st was the deadline for most college decisions. Congratulations to those seniors who made their challenging college choice! For those of you with young kids, you may wonder which type of savings plan is right for your child’s college fund.  Should you consider saving in a 529 plan, a brokerage account,…

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Westface College Planning’s Twitter Listed in Top 10 Ranking

Last week, we were proud to be named by “The College Money Man” JR Vasquez as one of his Top 10 Twitter feeds under the umbrella of admissions, scholarship and financial aid.  He’s consistently kept tabs on and re-blogged our guest-submitted posts on College Smart Radio. This is a snippet about us from his article: “@WestfaceCollege…

Competency Based Education will be a Disruptive Force in Higher Education

Get ready for a “game changing” system of learning that will soon replace the old model of the “credit hour” and “seat time”.  Competency Based Education (CBE) is the next innovative initiative to reach higher education. CBE is a move to personalize learning – teaching degree seeking students what they don’t know and by-passing what…

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March Newsletter 2014: College Award Letters, TACS & More

It’s March! We’ve officially dived into spring, and if you are a senior, it’s decision time!  The time has arrived to weigh your college options and finalize your college funding plan. Remind your student to keep an eye out for award letters, some of which are now sent via e-mail.  As award letters come flooding…

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Clearing the Confusion: What to Expect from Award Letters

Seniors: As we dive into the spring months of March and April, it’s time to look out for award letters and college admission offers. The majority of colleges will send out awards letters in March and require your acceptance before May 1st. Breaking Down Award Letters While you can easily find sample letters online to…

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Not All College Tuitions are Created Equal

When it comes to state-by-state college tuition fees, the ranges between the highest and lowest colleges are staggering. In fact, the difference boils down to thousands upon thousands of dollars.  You may wonder if a high price ticket equals an overall better institution. That should ring true for most investments.  The more money you shell…