CSS Profile

The Devil’s in The Debt

Okay, high school seniors … let’s summarize. You probably have piled somewhere, the results of your college quest: the good news (acceptances) and the not so good news (rejections) or, possibly worse, waitlistings. Waitlistings seem to be the tool of choice these days with highly competitive colleges. You can read my thoughts on waitlists elsewhere ...

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The FAFSA Made Easy

I have written here before about being the parent of two college graduates. I write this post today for the benefit of you parents (and high school juniors) who will be dealing with the college process this fall. One of the main memories I have as a college Dad is what it took every year ...

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Sending CSS Profile and FAFSA Follow-Up Letters

Question: I completed the CSS Profile form which was required by several of the colleges I’m applying to. But after I sent it in, I started reading some College Confidential discussions about the Profile, and I think I may have put some misleading information on my form that made my family look as if we ...

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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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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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Dealing with Student Loans

Families in the “full pay” for college category are in the minority. As we’ve discussed before here, there are a number of ways to find out how much your family will have to pay for your college education. The FAFSA, CSS Profile, and college-specific financial aid forms are all intended to assess a family’s ability ...

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Financial Aid Shortfalls

It’s mid-April and college decisions have been rendered. Those of you who have received good news from your “dream” school — Congratulations! For those of you who may have been disappointed by your dream school but received good news from other excellent colleges, congratulations to you, too. For those of you who may have to ...

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Financial Aid Insights

It’s that time of the year again. We’re coming up on April 1, which is a key date for college admissions. The Ivy League and some other so-called “elite” colleges use the late-March-early-April window as their common reply period. Of course, along with acceptances come financial aid awards. Unfortunately, for many applicants this presents some ...

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Financial Aid Forms: The CSS Profile

Every January, I recall filling out all the financial aid forms form our two children when they were going through their college years. It took a lot of self-discipline and motivation. Both my daughter and son went to private institutions, so I was required to do three separate financial aid forms for each of them ...

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Can You Afford Your Dream College?

The last of the Ivy-elite early admission results will be out this mid-December week. I’ve witnessed many happy reports from those who got their good news over the past few days or so. Of course, along with that good news comes the financial aid package, which, for those who are not in the “full pay” ...

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