In the College Search, Focus on Financial Aid Fit

You can’t watch the news or read the paper these days without hearing about the rising cost of a college education and the increasingly burdensome debt many students are saddled with after graduation. Financial aid can be complicated, and some families respond by putting blinders on, focusing on applying to a group of schools and … Continue reading In the College Search, Focus on Financial Aid Fit

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Comparing Financial Aid Offers

You’ve been accepted by a bunch of good colleges, and the financial aid offers from the schools are flowing in. How do you compare them? It’s not necessarily easy—especially if this is your first exposure to the college years. Experts warn that it’s common to get confused about which combinations of loans, scholarships, grants, or … Continue reading Comparing Financial Aid Offers

Four Steps to Getting Financial Aid

1. File the FAFSA soon after January 1. Read this quick guide to filling out the FAFSA. Don't feel like reading? Watch this. (Be sure to go to http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/. Scamers use similar web addresses to trick people into purchasing services they don't need.) 2. Complete the CSS/Profile, if required. Most private colleges and universities require … Continue reading Four Steps to Getting Financial Aid

Applying for Financial Aid in 7 Easy Steps

Affording a college education is In its most recent survey of college pricing, the College Board reports that a "moderate" college budget for an in-state public college for the 2012–2013 academic year averaged $22,261. A moderate budget at a private college averaged $43,289 and can reach more than $60,000 at some institutions. This brochure from … Continue reading Applying for Financial Aid in 7 Easy Steps