College Financial Aid

Obtaining More Financial Aid

Most things are negotiable. That includes college financial aid. I know that to be true because I have negotiated successfully for an increased aid package for my daughter. I recall the situation quite clearly, even though it happened decades ago. My daughter applied Early Decision to a small liberal arts college and was accepted in ...

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Mistakes College Process Rookies Make

For you high school seniors heading to college out there, this is your first and only time that you will be going through the undergraduate college application process. This can be quite intimidating for rookies. For you parents who are going through the process for the first time because your son or daughter is your ...

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Aid Packages as Trojan Horses

The past month or so has been very exciting for college-bound high school seniors. Acceptances have flowed forth via email, the U.S. mail, FedEx, UPS, and perhaps other delivery means. The adrenaline rush from getting into a favored school or, especially, a “dream” school is a memory for a lifetime. In many cases, along with ...

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Student Loans: Paying The Piper

Borrowing money from various sources is part of the college process for most college students today. I’ve discussed this topic before here in my blog, noting that the level of student loan debt, both individually and collectively in America, is staggering. I’ve cited a few college graduates who have amassed a six-figure debt. To me, ...

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Regarding College Visits

As we head past mid-August, many high school seniors are involved in a couple of important activities. First, they are preparing to return to school for the final chapter in their long run from K-12. Second, a good number of them are visiting colleges. Many family vacations happen in August, so it makes sense, if ...

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2014 Highlights (Part II)

Continuing here with Part II of our look back over 2014, I’ve chosen some excerpts from this year’s past Admit This! posts, some of which you may have missed. Hopefully, if you have missed some, perhaps these snippets will motivate you to check out the complete posts. So, here we go (again) … Your SAT ...

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2014 Highlights (Part I)

It’s time to look back over 2014, which is quickly coming to a close. I’ve chosen some excerpts from this year’s past posts, some of which you may have missed. Hopefully, if you have missed some, perhaps these snippets will motivate you to check out the complete posts. So, here we go … Your Key ...

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Financial Aid: Meeting Your Full Need

An excellent U.S. News article entitled Colleges and Universities That Claim to Meet Full Financial Need reveals a lot of information probably not known by most families, especially those going through the college admissions process for the first time. The key word in that article title is “Claim.” The subtitle of the article states a ...

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