Need-based Financial Aid

Do You Merit Aid?

Early Decision (ED) and Early Action (EA) outcomes will be arriving within several weeks. This is Thanksgiving week and families around the world, especially here in America, are hoping to give thanks for a generous financial aid package that will be arriving either with or shortly following the goods news of getting into a dream ...

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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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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 Considerations for Juniors

Paying for college is at or near the top of most families’ college-concerns lists. High school students should be especially concerned about this because of the long-term impact of student loan debt, which has become one of the biggest debt issues in the United States. Thus, I thought I would proffer some thoughts about financial ...

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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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College Admissions Mythology

“Common wisdom.” “Common knowledge.” “Traditional approaches.” I was in a discussion the other day with a mother whose daughter was in the midst of her college application process. It was a rather lengthy discussion that covered just about everything that the woman’s daughter was doing to effect what she thought was the best approach to ...

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Financial Aid: Meeting Your Full Need

An excellent U.S. News article entitled Colleges and Universities That Claim to Meet Full Financial Need reveals a lot of information probably not known by most families, especially those going through the college admissions process for the first time. The key word in that article title is “Claim.” The subtitle of the article states a ...

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