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How To Get The Most Financial Aid for College

Do you wonder if your family will qualify for financial aid and how much you can expect? You may be in luck. Events are being held around the country in January and February to answer financial aid questions and help families obtain the most financial aid they can. At the events you can talk with […]

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Avoiding Higher Ed Grinches

Would you rather go to New York University or the University of Pennsylvania? If you must rely on financial aid to attend an elite school, NYU might not be in the cards. Why? Because NYU is incredibly stingy. At least on paper, Penn, along with a few other highly selective schools, will help 100% of […]

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A Stimulus Package for College Students?

Even before the stock market imploded and the recession struck, students were finding it increasingly difficult to pay for college. Students are borrowing at higher levels than they ever had before. At least two out of three students leave school saddled with student debt. With the financial industry and others getting bailed out, higher ed […]

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Cutting the Cost of College

An increasing number of high school seniors are deciding to skip applying to private colleges and universities because they worry that the costs will be too high in these hard economic times. That was the gist of a story in today’s New York Times. While it’s always essential to apply to financial safety schools, families […]

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A Cheat Sheet for the FAFSA

Completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) can be intimidating for parents. That’s why rookies, in particular, should consider a practice run in filling out the document. With the FAFSA season nearly upon us — applications for the 2009-10 school will be available online on Jan. 1 — the federal government just posted […]

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Paying For College in Tough Times

These are scary times for parents of teenagers. Saving for college was challenging enough before experts started comparing the stock market’s current implosion to the Great Depression. Many parents are reacting to the downturn by telling their teenagers to only apply to instate schools to save money. In some cases this is a wise decision, […]

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Financial Aid: The Word on FAFSA

FAFSA. This acronym has made millions of parents weep. That may be overstating it, but it’s turned the college application process into more of a hassle than it needs to be. FAFSA is a clumsy acronym for an even more awkward title: Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Every time I mention FAFSA during a […]

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