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Archive for the ‘financial aid’ Category


Hiding Between the Lines in the Award Letter

It’s financial aid award season. Students and parents have either received or will soon receive the award from the colleges that offered admission. How will this aid factor in to your student’s final decision? But lurking between the lines in these award letters are some practices colleges use when offering admission and financial aid. Colleges […]

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Scholarships That Pay All Your College Expenses

Everyone wants a free ride for college. Unfortunately, it’s not that easy. Even athletic scholarships rarely provide students with a full ride for athletes. Scholarships that pay all college expenses are available, however, if you know where to look. Here are four ways your student can win enough scholarship money to pay for all their […]

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Crowdfunding to Pay for College

  Crowdfunding. It’s the new way to raise money for all kinds of worthwhile endeavors. But did you know that your student can use it to raise money for college? In the spirit of the famous quote, “It takes a village to raise a child”, crowdfunding takes college savings to a whole new level. Though […]

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5 Ways to Save Money for College

  Saving money for school is getting more and more difficult as the prices of school tuition get higher and higher. While some students are given a free ride with an academic or athletic scholarship, others rely on their parents or grandparents to pay for school. For the rest, it is becoming a common occurrence […]

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10 Steps to an Affordable College Education

  How can you assure that your student receives an affordable college education? I received this comment on one of my blog posts from a parent: I am so unprepared. I had no idea about the steps I should have taken. My daughter officially started class yesterday and I am struggling to figure out how […]

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Paying for College: The Best Strategy

  Last night I spoke with a relative whose son just had a baby. The parents were already developing a strategy for paying for college. When she told me they were planning to enter their child in beauty pageants to foot the bill, I had to interject. I told her this was certainly going to cost […]

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My Daughter Turned Down a Full-Ride Scholarship

    During this financial aid award season, several years ago, my daughter had to make a difficult decision: which college would receive her acceptance of an offer of admission. Of the many colleges she applied to, they included private colleges, state universities, and trade colleges. Some offered her financial aid, others did not. It […]

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Wednesday’s Parent: Why Can’t I Attend My Dream College?

  This past week, I’ve been discussing the financial aid awards and how they affect your student’s college choice. When those award packages arrive, it may be time for some tough love. The award may not be enough to justify sending your college-bound teen to her dream college. If your student asks this question, “Why […]

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What is Financial Aid Front Loading?

  My fellow college expert, Wendy David-Gaines, shared some insight into this college practice. This article originally appeared on her site: 5 Questions to Ask About Financial Aid Front Loading.  If you think your washing machine is the only front loader, watch out because your college may be taking you to the cleaners. Front loading […]

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Is the College Gapping Your Student?

In London, you see signs and tourist shirts everywhere that say “Mind the Gap”. If you ride their underground transportation system, you will hear them announce “mind the gap” at each station. It’s a warning for passengers to be aware of the distance between the train and the train platform. In admissions, college gapping is a […]

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