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July 21, 2017

If you think picking the best BBQ sauce to put on tonight’s dinner is a hard choice, consider the magnitude of stress associated with a decision process where you are presented with over 4,000 choices from which you must narrow your selection down to under ten. Oh, and I forgot to mention that a poor decision could end up costing you and your family thousands of dollars. No stage in life will feel more overwhelming (perhaps wi...

July 18, 2017

In Parts one and two of this series, I discussed the types of gift aid and loan options that you will find on the “typical” financial aid award letter. I use the word “typical” loosely in this context mainly because there are no standardized formats that institutions have to abide by when designing their award letters. A school’s commitment to follow voluntary “best practices” is as binding as a promissory handshake. Now that...

July 6, 2017

More than likely, unless you demonstrate exceptional need, you will have to take out some form of student loan. Here, I will discuss the smorgasbord of options you can choose from when making this important decision along with the benefits and drawbacks of each type of loan.

July 3, 2017

Part 1 of an in-depth 3-part series. Read Part 2 and Part 3.

Opening your financial aid award letter can be one of the most nerve-racking moments in the entire college application process. Over the last few months, your child has diligently researched a number of prospective schools based on academic eligibility, extracurricular offerings and, of course, where they rank among competing institutions based on your child’s intende...

June 18, 2017

Every parent wants what is best for their child, and sending them to college without the stress of financial insecurity is no exception. While there are many different paths a parent can take to prepare for their child’s continuing education costs, there are several preemptive measures that you can implement to avoid the traps that many fall into. Oftentimes, it’s the smallest mistakes that can end up costing the most. Here ar...

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