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Estimating Your Financial Aid Reward

College is a serious financial undertaking. At first glance college can look like an unaffordable venture. However, there are multiple vehicles that can help you attend your goal institution without fear of not being able to afford it. These vehicles include scholarships, grants, and student loans. Despite the existence of financial aid, the anxiety of affording school can afflict students and their families up until the summer as they wait for their financial aid packages to be released! Applying for student aid through FAFSA and the CSS Profile is like playing the lottery - except everybody is a winner. Like… Read more here!

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Funding for Non-Tradition Students

Going back to school shopping for yourself may not have been what you thought you’d be doing 20 years ago. But, with the ever changing job market there has been a drastic increase in adults returning to school to complete a wide variety of degrees. Some things have changed since the last time you attended class - one of the most notable changes being the ever-rising cost of tuition. However, one thing has remained constant, that financial aid is available to help make college affordable. In fact, there are more financial aid options available to you than your younger counterparts.… Read more here!

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Federal Grant Reserved for Education Students

Federal student aid is generally allocated to those with a financial need or in a special circumstance, but students going to school for teaching can be an exception to that rule. This grant, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, rewards recipients with $4,000 a year for four years, saving you from $16,000 of school loans.  You may be thinking, “Free money, that is not based on financial need…is there a catch?” Yes—Post graduation, you must serve a four-year term as a full-time teacher in a primary, middle, or secondary school in a high-need field and in a low-income community.… Read more here!

Categories: Financial Aid | Grants | Student Loans
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Private Colleges Are Willing To Give More

Going to college is becoming increasingly unaffordable for many American families. According to a report by the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, college tuition and fees have stunningly increased nearly 570 percent over the past 30 years. An American family, on average, is expected to pay $9,000 a year for an in-state public college and more than $30,000 for a private college. Obviously, this is a huge difference for a lot of families, who are responding to the price jump by giving up the option of going to private colleges. There has been a substantial decrease in… Read more here!

Categories: Financial Aid | Grants | Scholarships | Financial Aid Applications | FAFSA
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Dealing with the Financial Aid Award Letter

For many of us, getting our hands on the financial aid letter from our choice school is a stepping stone, something to celebrate.  After all, the funds listed on that piece of paper are what make college more affordable and therefore more possible.  As a follow-up to our previous discussion on college acceptance and financial aid, let’s talk about a few more financial aid considerations that come into play upon moving on towards college life.  Specifically, let’s talk more about that financial aid award letter and how to better understand and deal with it. Locate the free aid.  On every… Read more here!

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College Acceptance and Financial Aid

College acceptance letters are slowly starting to trickle in.  Some of you may have already gotten a few.  As March draws to a close, more and more of these acceptances will be coming in, causing a whirlwind of anxiety for many students.  It's also a very exciting time.  But college acceptance isn't all about the "Congratulations!" letters.  Families also must be concerned with financing education.  So, as those acceptance roll in, rememeber a few things: Compare costs.  Sticker price of individual schools is just that--a sticker price.  Many higher cost schools make up for the high tuition rate by offering… Read more here!

Categories: College Planning | Financial Aid | Grants | Scholarships | Student Loans
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Don’t Forget the CSS Profile

With all of the hustle and bustle of both tax season and FAFSA filing, we tend to think that the FAFSA is the on and only financial aid form to concern ourselves with.  That's not true for some, however.  In addition to this staple of a financial aid document, other schools use unique financial aid applications as well as the CSS Profile.  So, don't forget about the CSS Profile! A quick rundown, for those who might need the inside scoop on this document, goes something like this... The CSS Profile can, if you will, be thought of as the cousin… Read more here!

Categories: Financial Aid | Grants | Scholarships | Financial Aid Applications | CSS Profile
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Appealing Your Financial Aid Award

As the financial aid train continues on its journey from FAFSA submission to Student Aid Report (SAR) receipt and onward to your choice colleges, there is one thing that students and families should know: financial aid isn’t a done deal.  What do we mean by this?  Well, when you get financial aid award letters from your college or other choice schools (if entering college for the first time), they will quote you what loans, grants and scholarships you may receive, and in what amounts.  If you’re satisfied, sign the paper and mail it back, accepting the award.  However, many people… Read more here!

Categories: Financial Aid | Grants | Scholarships | Student Loans | Financial Aid Applications | FAFSA
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Upcoming Financial Aid Workshops

With financial aid season well underway, we want to make sure that all of you have the resources needed to make this complicated process as seamless as possible.  For those of you who've submitted the FAFSA: congrats!  Those who have not yet submitted their FAFSA have a variety of tools still at their disposal, and we'll talk about them here. As you probably know already, some indispensable references for financial aid help are both financial aid consultants and the FAFSA website.  Further information is available to students from specific schools, however, in the form of financial aid workshops and seminars. … Read more here!

Categories: College Planning | Financial Aid | Grants | Scholarships | Financial Aid Applications | FAFSA
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After FAFSA Submission

Hello All!  We told you recently in our last post that FAFSA season is now upon us.  Hopefully, many of you have acted on this info and filed that application.  If so, good for you.  You’ll be some of the first students in line to receive maximum financial aid awards.  Now that the hard part is over and that FAFSA has been sent in, you might wonder what happens next.  So, let’s take a few minutes and talk about that. I’ve submitted my FAFSA…Now what? Once your FAFSA has been completed as thoroughly and accurately as possible and you’ve sent… Read more here!

Categories: Financial Aid | Grants | Student Loans | Work Study | Financial Aid Applications | FAFSA
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