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If you are currently divorced or separated (or will be soon), and your child will be applying to colleges in the next few years (or even this year) here are three key things you should be aware of: The financial aid forms should be completed by the parent the student lives with for the greater […]

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I recently met with a mom whose kid was choosing colleges that would never offer the kind of financial aid she needed.  Big State U and Bigger State U would cost her a minimum of $124,000 – likely more – over four years. And that’s AFTER taking into account the student loans they would offer […]

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Ditch the Devices, Get Better Grades!

How can you improve your grades? Maybe it’s time to ditch your devices! Studies show students who take class notes by hand do better than those who record the lectures. Read all about it here: Source – The Verge

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5 Things You Should Be Doing as a College-bound High School Junior

Over the last 16 years, my team and I have secured more than eighty-five  million dollars in scholarships, from the colleges, for over 500 college-bound students and their families so that they pay less for college.  In the process, we have learned that proper college planning pays for itself – and yet so many families […]

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[Quick Tip] Crucial College Question You Need To Ask #7

Crucial College Question You Need To Ask: Does the school have a “cut-off” date for guaranteeing that a student will receive financial aid or scholarships? If they do, make sure you get your financial aid forms in BEFORE the cut off date.  Colleges are looking for reasons to kick you out of both the admissions […]

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[Quick Tip] Crucial College Question You Need To Ask #6

Crucial College Question You Need To Ask: Does a school have a standard “unmet need” formula for students who apply for aid? If a school does have an “unmet need” formula you’ll want to know how much they’re going to leave you short.  Because unmet need = additional money you will have to pay or […]

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[Quick Tip] Crucial College Question You Need To Ask #5

Crucial College Question You Need To Ask:  What is this school’s policy on how you treat outside scholarships in terms of my financial aid award package? Some schools will replace FREE money you found with the FREE money they were going to award you.  So, you end up gaining nothing by finding an outside scholarship. […]

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[Quick Tip] Crucial College Question You Need To Ask #4

Crucial College Question You Need To Ask:  If we don’t apply for financial aid for freshman year, can we still apply for aid in future years? In some cases, it may make sense not to apply for aid for freshman year – especially if you have NOT done planning and have your finances in all […]

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[Quick Tip] Crucial College Question You Need To Ask #3

Crucial College Question You Need To Ask: If I have a greater financial aid need sophomore year – will the financial aid package be increased? Some schools will NOT adjust a student’s package after the first year.  This becomes a serious problem especially if the family’s income drops in the later years of college. You […]

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[Quick Tip] Crucial College Question You Need To Ask #2

Crucial College Question You Need To Ask: Does this school have a ceiling on the maximum amount of financial aid a student can qualify for? If a school has a maximum ceiling of $7,000 and you need $15,000 – you’re out of luck!

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