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Will We Qualify for Need-Based Financial Aid?

Will we qualify for need-based financial aid for college? – A question on the minds of most parents with college-bound high school students. The answer is going to depend on many things, with the biggest being parental income and number

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FAFSA Changes are Coming – Will They Help You?

FAFSA changes were announced this week that will impact students applying for aid for 2017-2018, including this year’s high school juniors applying for college admission for Fall of 2017. As most of you know, FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal

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The College Choice Waiting Game

It’s late January.  My daughter has finished all of her applications.  We are waiting for a scholarship competition, two overnight campus visits, an admissions interview (one very competitive school lets kids visit after the application deadline up until a cut-off

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Thoughts About the CSS Profile

I recently filed the CSS Profile for a couple of highly competitive top-dollar universities on my daughter’s college application list.  According to the Net Price Calculators at these schools, we would probably qualify for some institutional grant aid, even though

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FAFSA – Wait for Your Tax Return or File an Early Estimate?

Before you can determine this, you need to know when the financial aid deadlines are for the schools to which you are sending a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  You need to go with the earliest financial aid deadline

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FAFSA – To File or Not to File?

This is the time of year when parents need to think about filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  But how do you know if it is worth your time and energy to file?  Many people have the

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Private Colleges – Merit Aid vs. Need-Based Aid

When you are looking at private colleges, there are two types of financial assistance that may be offered – merit aid and need-based aid. The beauty of merit aid is that it has nothing to do with how much a

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