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FAFSA Tips

To celebrate February as National Financial Aid Awareness Month, the College Board has put together some helpful resources for students to obtain financial aid. This is crucial information that comes at a crucial juncture in the college admissions process. I can remember our family’s first pass through the FAFSA, other financial aid forms, and all ...

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Financial Aid and Other Mysteries

If you are a high school senior applying to college, the closer you get to the end of the year, the closer you’ll be getting to the realities of paying for that college in which you finally enroll, mainly wrestling with the financial aid process. That process of finding out about and managing your way ...

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The Problem of Student Loan Debt

I’ve been reading some amazing statistics regarding the amount of debt college students and their parents have accumulated. The real problem appears to be that families can’t keep up with the pace of rising college costs, a situation exacerbated by America’s floundering economy. How bad is the college cost situation? The arguments regarding what is ...

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Top Schools Can Equal Low Debt

Getting into certain schools can save you some student debt. The challenge with some of these schools is getting in, in the first place. Some are hyper-competitive. Others might not have the exact combination of the criteria you need to make a commitment. Once again, the important thing is to do your homework during your ...

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Financial Aid: Money Monster

It’s out there and it may be headed your way. The Money Monster. Every year, parents all over this land hear the beating of its wings, usually in August and December. Then, on what was until then a normal trip to get the mail, it’s spotted, perched menacingly atop the mailbox, waiting to be fed ...

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Financial Aid – Five Steps

Even if you believe that future college costs are essentially unpredictable, there are still a few steps you can take to position yourself financially: If you can, save enough to pay for the worst case scenario. This is certainly the most conservative assumption, and if are able to save for it you will be able ...

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Financial Aid Package

Question: How can I know if a college is offering me a good financial aid package? Along with those welcome letters of college acceptance come the financial aid packages. Some can be impressive; others are disappointing. In previous columns here, we’ve talked about the term “meeting your full demonstrated need.” That means a college or ...

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