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Financial Aid Awareness Month

February is Financial Aid Awareness Month. Did you know that? I’ll be honest; I didn’t. That is, I didn’t until I received a helpful message from a gentleman at LendEdu.net, which said, in part: In the spirit of Financial Aid Awareness Month, I wanted to let you know about a helpful financial aid resource we ...

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When The College Bill Comes Due

My post today is aimed at seniors … college seniors, who will graduate in about six months and head out into that mythical “real world.” Aside from the need to find gainful, hopefully satisfying employment, that real world includes one very sobering reality: debt. I’ve written a number of rants here about the perils of ...

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Is Financial Aid Negotiable?

Even though the May 1 enrollment deadline for most colleges has passed, the goal of paying for college may remain a quest for some families. With the good news of college acceptances, come the financial aid packages. First-year aid packages are almost always the most satisfying, since their heft is designed to encourage enrollment, as ...

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Obtaining More Financial Aid

Most things are negotiable. That includes college financial aid. I know that to be true because I have negotiated successfully for an increased aid package for my daughter. I recall the situation quite clearly, even though it happened decades ago. My daughter applied Early Decision to a small liberal arts college and was accepted in ...

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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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College Admissions and College Confidential

The College Confidential site went live August 1, 2001. Over the past decade and a half, CC has become the go-to place for one of the world’s greatest archives of college admissions-related information. It’s all free. One of the most interesting aspects of CC is the discussion forum, where countless high schoolers, parents, grandparents, and ...

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Should You Pay for Your Child’s College Education?

The question in the title of this post may seem rhetorical. “Of course parents should pay for their child(ren)’s college education!” you might think most people would answer. However, in today’s world, where a four year degree (assuming that the degree can be completed in just four years) can cost upward to $300,000, that may ...

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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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High School Seniors at High Noon

It’s that time again. It’s time for college admission decisions to be delivered. If you are a high school senior who has yet to received your decision from your first-choice college, you may feel a tension in your stomach that you’ve never experienced before. Your choice about what to do with college can be influenced ...

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