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College in 2021: Three Predictions
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College in 2021: Three Predictions

Who could have predicted 2020? No one that I've heard of got it right.

Who could have anticipated COVID-19? There have been movies…

Will Student Loans Be Forgiven?
Paying for College

Will Student Loans Be Forgiven?

Most of us are looking forward to the New Year and the changes it will bring. The Old Year is one to forget, with its global cult…

How College Students Can Wisely Use Credit Cards
Paying for College

Credit Cards for College Students

Credit or debit? This routine checkout line question can feel like a major decision for college students and their families. Many…

Podcast Recap: Author Jeff Selingo Shares Essential Admissions Insights
Applying to College

Podcast Recap: Author Jeff Selingo Shares Essential Admissions Insights

The college admissions process isn't a meritocracy, and involves a fair amount of mystery, which are among the factors that make …

How Hard Is It to Withdraw from an ED Commitment for Financial Reasons?
Applying to College

How Hard Is It to Withdraw from an ED Commitment for Financial Reasons?

I applied Early Decision (ED) to Johns Hopkins and my twin sister applied ED to Duke. Our parents are getting nervous as the noti…

College Budgeting 101: Six Tips on Handling Your Finances During Undergrad
Paying for College

College Budgeting 101: Six Tips on Handling Your Finances During Undergrad

You may have noticed, but college can be fairly expensive (that's why we so frequently discuss financial aid secrets). Tuition as…

FAFSA and CSS Profile for Better Scholarship Chances?
Preparing for College

FAFSA and CSS Profile for Better Scholarship Chances?

My son is a senior in the IB program and is almost ready to complete his Common App. He is considered an international student (G…
Consult This Financial Aid Checklist as You Prep for the FAFSA
Paying for College

Consult This Financial Aid Checklist as You Prep for the FAFSA

The free application for federal student aid, commonly referred to by its acronym, FAFSA, opens a week from today. This means tha…

Get to the Bottom of These 3 Financial Aid Questions
Applying to College

Get to the Bottom of These 3 Financial Aid Questions

The Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA) will open in just a few weeks, and if you're on the fence about whether to…

Check These Tips on Managing College Textbook Costs
Applying to College

Check These Tips on Managing College Textbook Costs

The cost of textbooks is often overlooked as a major college expense, especially when other things — tuition, room and board, clo…

Can an Early Decision Application Affect Merit Scholarships?
Applying to College

Can an Early Decision Application Affect Merit Scholarships?

Is it true that my daughter is less likely to get merit scholarships if she applies Early Decision (ED)? I know schools use merit…

10 FAFSA Tips for This Fall's Financial Aid Applicants
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10 FAFSA Tips for This Fall's Financial Aid Applicants

Whether you're familiar with the free application for federal student aid (FAFSA) or you plan to complete it for the first time t…

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