Category: Paying for College

Upside Down College Search – Finding Your Deals

Finding your deals is the point in the Upside Down College Search process where you determine colleges that are likely to meet the criteria you have defined and will be a good deal for your family.  Over the past several weeks,

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Let’s Talk About Expected Family Contribution

Before we go on with the Upside Down College Search process, let’s talk about Expected Family Contribution. Last week, I said that this week’s topic would be “What Deals Can You Get?” As I started writing that, I found the

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What’s Your Student’s Merit Hook?

What’s your student’s merit hook for the college search process? I am not going to go so far as to say that every future college student has a merit hook, but most do. Even if your student is not at

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What Can Your Family Afford For College?

What can your family afford for college?  Knowing this is the first step in the Upside Down College Search process.  I introduced this concept last week as A Better Way to Search for Colleges. This Upside Down College Search process is

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The College Search Family Caught in the Middle

The college search family caught in the middle – Can’t afford the sticker price of college, but too wealthy for financial aid. This is the type of college search family I focus on most on mykidscollegechoice.com. Characteristics of the College

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Wait For Your Financial Aid Award Letter!

Make sure you wait for your financial aid award letter before setting your heart on a particular college. That is, unless you can pay sticker price for the school without any merit-based aid or need-based aid. I heard a sad

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Free Tuition at Harvard: One Parent’s Story

Last week, I wrote about who gets free tuition to an Ivy League school in Can You Get Free Ivy League Tuition?  This week, in keeping with the same topic, I want to share some insight from a parent whose son

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Can You Get Free Ivy League Tuition?

Some families can get free ivy league tuition.  This isn’t as widely known as it should be.  Ivy league schools, and many of the other “top tier” colleges, have huge endowments and offer excellent financial aid programs. First, let me be

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5 Tips for Winning Private Scholarships

Winning private scholarships is a great way for your student to supplement his or her college funds. Private Scholarships are scholarships offered by private businesses, organizations and foundations, not scholarships offered by colleges themselves. Private scholarships can be merit-based, need-based,

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Why I Charge For The Full Scholarship List

Why I charge for the Full Scholarship List … I didn’t plan on writing a post about this, but lately I have felt like I needed to. If you have read my About Me page, you already know that I

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