One of the most important considerations in choosing a college is the size of the student body. Here’s the case for a small college. A small college (which means a college of around 1,500 – 3,000 students or so) will give you a very different experience from that of a large university (of 10,000 plus […]

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EVERY OCTOBER, high school students across the country take the PSAT/NMSQT (yes, that last part is weird…no vowels!). PSAT/NMSQT stands for Pre-SAT /National Merit Scholarship Qualification Test. Lots of families are confused about the PSAT/NMQST and have questions, like… Does my student need to take the PSAT? Is the PSAT important? How are PSAT scores […]

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YOU MAY BE SURPRISED TO LEARN that scholarships that come from community groups, companies, and charities (what colleges call “outside scholarships”) could actually reduce your financial aid award. If  your student wins a private scholarship, the college he or she attends can cut his or her financial aid package by the amount of the award. For example,  […]

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Case Study: $42,000 Per Year Merit Scholarship One of the things many families worry about is that they earn too much to get financial aid even though they need it. If this is something you’ve been concerned about, you’re not alone AND there are other options! Here’s a merit aid case study from a student I recently worked with, […]

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Case Study – $51,840 Need Based Scholarship Here’s a case study from a student I recently worked with that you may find very encouraging if you know you are going to qualify for a need-based scholarships. I’ll call this student Sam. Before I share Sam’s story, here’s a quick run-down of the main 4 types of  college financial […]

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No doubt about it – getting into college is a competitive process. Every year, tens of thousands of students set their hearts and hopes on attending their “dream” college…and then receive the dreaded denial letter. There are lots of things that make  a student a good fit for a school, and those factors make you more […]

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One of the biggest problems I hear about when families start the college planning process is…(drumroll, please) THE MONEY. As in… Will our family qualify for financial aid? Will we actually be able to afford college!? Are private schools always more expensive than public schools? How come my cousin’s kid got a “free-ride” but our neighbor’s son is paying full […]

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The FAFSA has been simplified The current FAFSA has a maximum of 108 questions and that’s being shrunk to around 40 questions. This will reduce the FAFSA form from the equivalent of six pages down to two pages. Yay! But are the changes really all that simple? I would say not. This post summarizes the […]

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