Paying For College

Sending CSS Profile and FAFSA Follow-Up Letters

Question: I completed the CSS Profile form which was required by several of the colleges I’m applying to. But after I sent it in, I started reading some College Confidential discussions about the Profile, and I think I may have put some misleading information on my form that made my family look as if we ...

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Collegians: 69 Ways to Save Your Money

The great American lyricist and song writer, Paul Simon, wrote a hit called 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover.  It appeared on his album, Still Crazy after All These Years. I was reminded of that song when I saw an article on the Campus Grotto site entitled College Budgeting 101: How to Save Money as a ...

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The Stress of Admissions Decisions

If you have been following the College Confidential discussion forum at all, or if you know a high school senior who has applied early (ED or EA) to college, you may have seen a flashing red light on their stress meter. Of course, I follow the forum quite closely and what I see there is ...

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Do You Merit Aid?

Early Decision (ED) and Early Action (EA) outcomes will be arriving within several weeks. This is Thanksgiving week and families around the world, especially here in America, are hoping to give thanks for a generous financial aid package that will be arriving either with or shortly following the goods news of getting into a dream ...

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Faster FAFSAs

As the parent of two former college students, I recall my FAFSA days (or should I say “daze”?) with not-so-fond emotions. Filling out financial aid forms was a form of procrastinated drudgery that I don’t think about with nostalgia. Both of my children went to private colleges. That resulted in the Terrible Trio, as I ...

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Maximizing Merit Money

Question: What suggestions do you have for maximizing merit and grant aid?  We’ve been careful to focus on colleges where my daughter is at or above the 75th percentile.  She’s a rising senior with a 29 ACT, 3.7wGPA and strong sport and volunteer ECs.  The net price calculators make me think that 2 or 3 ...

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The Quarter-Million Dollar Degree

What price college? If you’re a parent with a college degree and have a college-bound child, I’m sure that you have compared the cost of your education with that of your about-to-be-first-year daughter or son. The contrast is shocking. You may be fortunate enough to have a child who has been awarded a significant amount ...

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Tutoring for PSAT?

Question: My daughter is a sophomore and took the PSAT for the 2nd time – she scored a 1270 this time (up from 1170 in the fall) do you suggest we tutor this summer to prep for the next PSAT in the fall to focus on the areas she needs to improve, or in between ...

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Internship Programs

Interning is a great way to gain valuable real-world workplace experience. It’s also an excellent way to earn money to pay for college and other expenses, assuming that the internship is one that pays the intern. Some don’t. Most, if not all of this summer’s interning opportunities have been filled for some time now, as ...

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How does D3 Volleyball Recruit Gauge Scholarship Possibilities?

Question:  Sorry about the long winded question….. My daughter has received a lot of DIII interest from schools for volleyball, and we are trying to better understand the recruiting process.  We understand that there are no athletic scholarships, but that there are potential grants available.  If true, when is it appropriate to inquire about the ...

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