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Why Wealthy Families Should Apply for Aid – from the WSJ

Wall Street Journal: "Why Wealthy Families Should Apply for Financial Aid" ​ Great piece from the Journal last week about why category 3 families should always apply for financial aid. They list 5 reasons (all of which we agree with)... #1. To demonstrate your ability to pay

Real-world Strategies to Help You Negotiate a Better College Deal for Your Child

What YOU can do to Lower the price of college… The more you know about the processes related to college admissions and financial aid issues, the better prepared you will be to manage the experience to the benefit of their child and their financial bottom line. A

Early Action and Early Decision Applications Basics (Info for Seniors)

Your college-bound child has the option of applying early to schools who accept Early Action and Early Decision applications. If you and your child are very certain he/she wishes to attend one specific school above all others, these are very important deadlines that College Tuition Advisor’s partners,

Retirement Money “OR” College Funding?

There are times where I am counseling a family on getting their child through college and I find that the parents have not given adequate attention to their retirement and monthly cash flow needs.  Frequently I see money originally intended for retirement being redirected to help fund

Three Top Application and Financial Strategies For Convincing Colleges to Grant YOUR Student More Money!

1) Apply Broadly Enough — But Without a “Shotgun” Approach   The actual college application process is that next big step and one that can be a hurdle for many. Narrowing down colleges can be difficult for some and it is hard to how many colleges are

Tips for Preparing Tomorrow’s College Students Against Financial Predators

There are financial predators waiting for the freshman crop of students each and every year across the country. We are not talking about smooth-talking people in overcoats standing on street corners, or people selling empty computer boxes from the back of a windowless van. Rather, we are

College Financial Aid Award Letters

Once you have submitted an application for financial aid, sometime after (typically early to mid April) you will receive a financial aid award letter from the colleges to which you have applied. This letter gives various details of a proposed financial aid package. Basically, a financial aid

Lower the EFC on the FAFSA!

How to Lower your EFC on the FAFSA and Get More Financial Aid If you’re applying for financial aid with the FAFSA, there are two basic numbers that go into the equation. First, there’s the cost of schooling – that includes tuition, room, board, textbooks, and other supplies. Then

Community-Based Options To Help Your Student Prepare And Pay For College

As your child comes closer and closer to the end of his or her high school experience, it will usually tend to become increasingly obvious that getting college-bound high school students into good colleges and universities is NOT a task for the faint of heart! There are