Paying For College

Financial Aid Awareness Month

February is Financial Aid Awareness Month. Did you know that? I’ll be honest; I didn’t. That is, I didn’t until I received a helpful message from a gentleman at LendEdu.net, which said, in part: In the spirit of Financial Aid Awareness Month, I wanted to let you know about a helpful financial aid resource we ...

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Terrible Textbook Tariffs

When you think about the cost of going to college, major categories come to mind. You consider the cost of tuition, room and board, meal plans, possible car expenses, parking permits, clothing, maybe even fraternity or sorority dues. However, one of the areas that often escapes budgeting is textbooks. Think about what possible major you ...

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Quick College Cost Calculating

With the sky-high costs associated with college these days, it makes sense to look before you leap, so to speak. Across the many years that I have been advising students and their families about college matters, the one element that makes me feel the most regret is encountering their buyer’s remorse. By that, I mean ...

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Your 2018 Look-Ahead

It’s almost New Year’s Eve. I just took a quick scan of outside temperatures. My dest thermometer says it’s 62 degrees here in my office. I have the heat set at 67. What’s wrong with this picture? For starters, it’s seven (7) degrees just outside my window. My big furnace has been running all night ...

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Real-World Value from College

I often wonder if it’s fair to expect a high school senior to know which direction s/he wants his/her life to go at such a young age. When I think back across my own late-teenage years, most of what I recall relates to mild-to-moderate confusion, lack of focus, and a desire to seemingly always “doing ...

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College Brand Name = Practical Benefits?

Admission results for the current application season have already begun to arrive. Those of you who have applied Early Decision (ED) and Early Action (EA), with its various monikers, have gotten your good, bad, and delayed news. From the perch on which I sit here at College Confidential, the focus we see tends to prominently ...

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The Threat of Debt

Following up on my previous post about paying for college and the realities of student loan repayment, today I would like to share some new survey information about the longterm effects of significant debt, student loans and otherwise. The findings are both interesting, surprising, and maybe even shocking. Specifically, this survey involves responses from Millennials. ...

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When The College Bill Comes Due

My post today is aimed at seniors … college seniors, who will graduate in about six months and head out into that mythical “real world.” Aside from the need to find gainful, hopefully satisfying employment, that real world includes one very sobering reality: debt. I’ve written a number of rants here about the perils of ...

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Sticking to Your Scholarship Search

I love creating these hilarious, creative titles for my blog posts! The secret behind today’s hilarity is that I’m going to be talking about the 18th Annual Duck brand Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest. Getting money for college may be harder than actually getting through college. The world of college scholarships is both vast and frustrating. ...

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Financial Aid: Panacea Or Prison?

Those of you high school seniors preparing your college applications are answering tons of questions as part of those applications: “Why do you want to go to [college name here]? “What elements of diversity will you bring to the [college name here] community?” “Where do you see yourself 10 years after graduating from [college name ...

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