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Use my Upside Down College Search process to guide you through the college search process.

See the steps and links to posts below.

STEP 1: Assess What You Can Afford

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Upside Down College Search Step 1

Using Net Price Calculators in Your Kid’s College Search

Parents: Do This Before Your Student Starts the College Search

The College Search Family Caught in the Middle

What Can Your Family Afford For College?

STEP 2: Determine Financial Targets

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Upside Down College Search Step 2

Expected Family Contribution

When Your Expected Family Contribution is Too High

Let’s Talk About Expected Family Contribution

Need-Based Aid

4 Ways to Pay for College – Parents, That’s All There Are

Will We Qualify for Need-Based Financial Aid?

Can You Get Free Ivy League Tuition?

Free Tuition at Harvard: One Parent’s Story

Best Colleges For Need-Based Financial Aid

Merit Aid

What’s Your Student’s Merit Hook?

Merit Scholarships – Types and Sources

How Do You Find Merit Scholarships?

Merit Scholarships Make College More Affordable

Who Gets Full Ride Scholarships?

Full Tuition Merit Scholarship – A Success Story

What Is An Automatic Merit Scholarship?

Finding Merit Scholarships for Top Students

Other Ways to Lower College Cost

Public Colleges Can Offer Great Deals

Community Colleges and Guaranteed Transfer Programs

Free Tuition Colleges and Work Colleges

Reduce the Cost of College: Get College Credit Before College

College Outside the U.S. – Is It Cheaper?

STEP 3: Create Initial College List

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High SAT Scores: How Can They Help Your College Search?

College Search: When Do GPA and Test Scores Matter Most?

How to Create a Better College List

STEP 4: Assess Student Fit

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Upside Down College Search Step 4

Finding the Right College Match

What Does Your Student “Need” In a College?

College Fit – Sometimes You Just Know

Best Ways to Choose a College

STEP 5: Narrow Down List 

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Upside Down College Search Step 5

What is a “Financial Safety” School?

The Updated Full Tuition/Full Ride Merit Scholarship List

The Best Institutional Merit Scholarship Resource

The Importance of the In-Depth College Visit

 

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