Paying For College

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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ACT Fee Waiver for Older Applicant?

HI Dean, I’ve been out of school for 5 years and I’m planning to reapply for college but I just found out my ACT scores aren’t any good anymore so I need to retake the test but I’m broke so I don’t really have the money for the test fees so I was wondering if ...

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Juniors: Look Ahead to Paying for College

Today I’d like to address high school juniors and their parents. We’re nearing the end of another school year. After classes end for you this spring, you will become “rising” seniors. Hopefully, during this junior year, you had a chance to begin (or continue) your discussions with your parents about your college process. If you ...

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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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Can I Get Yale to Match Princeton’s Aid Package?

  Question:  I’m really extremely fortunate to find myself having been admitted to Harvard, Yale, and Princeton. However, all of these institutions are incredibly expensive. Princeton has given me a fairly substantial scholarship and an EFC around 20% of my family’s income. By contrast, Yale has made the (incorrect) determination that I will be able ...

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