Paying For College

Can D3 Student Accept Lacrosse Scholarship from Alum Group?

Question: Can a lacrosse player in high school receive a scholarship from the high school’s alumni association for use at a specific D-3 college, contingent upon his playing lacrosse? You’ve stumped “The Dean” with this one. I have never encountered this question before, and it’s certainly a good one. Ordinarily, I would think that a ...

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Have Cash. Will Enroll.

Some of you parents out there may remember the old TV Western Have Gun. Will Travel. In it, gunslinger/high-society maven Paladin would lend his considerable shooting skills to those who needed help. All for a considerable fee. Thus, those who could pay, got the help that they needed. The common link to modern college admissions ...

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Pricey Prestigious College vs. Great Merit Money?

Question: I’m sure this question is asked again and again, but I think it’s very common. I scored super high on the SAT and have a strong GPA. I have been award substantial scholarship money to so-so colleges, and some scholarship money to some big-name universities. If a college isn’t in, say, the top 30 ...

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Does “Surrogate Son” Count as Household Member

Question: We have a young man who is our “surrogate child” for lack of a better term. For about a year now, he has lived with us during his breaks when he is not at college and we contribute towards his support by providing him room and board when he is here, buying him some ...

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FAFSA Deadlines and Help

Question: What is the deadline for completing my FAFSA and who can help me? You’ll find FAFSA deadline information here: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/deadlines.htm You should also carefully check the Web sites for all of the colleges to which you’re applying to see what each deadline is. You can find this information on the financial aid pages. Make ...

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Federal Aid for Green-Card Holder?

Question: My daughter is a resident alien (green card holder). Does she qualify for any federal loans? When it comes to financial aid issues and international students, “The Dean” has to dole out a lot of bad news. So, in this case, I’m delighted to be able to give good news for a change. As ...

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Financial Help for First-Generation Student From Kentucky

Question: I’m a currently a high school senior in Kentucky and I will be the first member of my immediate family to go to college. I looked at the Coca-Cola scholarship, but the form I found is only for Alabama and the links to one of the sites will not open. I’m unsure of what ...

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Must Stepfather’s Income Be Part of Financial Aid Formula?

Question: My mother got remarried several years ago. My stepfather is the only one who works, and he makes too much money for us to qualify for financial aid. Can I just use my mother’s information when filling out my financial aid forms? Unfortunately, if your mother is your custodial parent and she is remarried, ...

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Can Dad With Lower Income Serve as Primary Parent on FAFSA?

Question: My daughter is about to fill out the FAFSA. Her mother and I are divorced. Mom’s yearly income is higher than mine. Mom has been claiming her as a dependent on her tax returns (while I’ve been claiming our son). Will red flags be raised if my daughter lists me as the primary provider ...

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FAFSA Changes for 2011

With the down economy, the importance of financial aid and scholarships is more important than ever for parents and students alike.  Filling out the FAFSA forms is a crucial step in this process but anyone who has tried to fill out these forms know that they can be confusing.  2011 also brings several changes to ...

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