Student Loans

College Brand Name = Practical Benefits?

Admission results for the current application season have already begun to arrive. Those of you who have applied Early Decision (ED) and Early Action (EA), with its various monikers, have gotten your good, bad, and delayed news. From the perch on which I sit here at College Confidential, the focus we see tends to prominently ...

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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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Financial Aid: Panacea Or Prison?

Those of you high school seniors preparing your college applications are answering tons of questions as part of those applications: “Why do you want to go to [college name here]? “What elements of diversity will you bring to the [college name here] community?” “Where do you see yourself 10 years after graduating from [college name ...

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Seven Student Loan Myths Debunked

Ah, one of my favorite topics: student loans, along with their nasty consequence: student loan debt. Over the years, I have constantly nagged my student and parent readers about keeping a rational mindset when considering the lure of financial aid packages, especially those of the seductive (and emotionally exciting) first year. In the flush 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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