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February 2017 Newsletter: How Do Income and Assets Impact Aid?

February 2017 Newsletter College Prices Hit New Record Highs in 2016! It’s already February! 2017 is a new year, with new rules for college financial aid application deadlines and awards. Many colleges’ financial aid deadlines are earlier than previous years! If you have a High School senior, and you have not yet submitted the FAFSA and…

Financial Independence and the Busy Student

Financial independence.  It’s a tricky one.  Amidst deadlines and term papers, why worry?  Students should! Take some time to teach your student to navigate financial waters before they are on their own to avoid trouble with credit cards, overdraft fees and other tricky financial woes. Here are a few steps to take now, so you…

Hidden College Fees

December Newsletter 2016: College Prices Hit New Record Highs in 2016!

December 2016 Newsletter College Prices Hit New Record Highs in 2016! Happy Holidays! December is a wonderful month for connecting with family and friends, and also the month for year-end financial aid planning. With the new FAFSA two year look-back, it’s parents of Sophmores who should have their financial aid plan solidified before 2017 starts (the…

Stafford Loans

A Guide to Stafford Loans

Stafford loans, repayments, need-based aid, dependent status… Do these make your head spin? College finances can be a sticky–and confusing–endeavor. Fear not: We’ll take out the scary parts of the biggest federal loan available: subsidized and unsubsidized Stafford loans. Traditionally, these are two most common forms of federal student loans made available to undergraduate students. Colleges…

November Newsletter

November 2016 Newsletter: Canadian Universities, Cheapest Out-of-State Colleges & More!

It’s November! The college application season is in full swing for seniors. For any seniors (or juniors) still looking to add some financially and academically ‘safe’ schools to their list, check out our Senior Scoop for U.S.News’ “10 Universities With the Cheapest Out-of-State Tuition”. Don’t forget to look outside the US for great higher learning for a…

October 2016 Newsletter: It’s FAFSA & CSS Profile Time!

Greetings! It’s October, the NEW Financial Aid month! When it comes to financial aid articles, the FAFSA is mentioned everywhere but the CSS Profile is often left out. Many families are not aware that “… if your child is considering any of the top colleges this country is blessed with, it’s the CSS Profile aid…