FAFSA Form Draft 2014-2015

U.S. DOE has released a draft of the 2014-2015 FAFSA form. This draft includes new instructions for unmarried parents living together. If you would like to see the DRAFT copy click here. Thanks to NCAG for this information!

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The College Suitcase: What You Really Need to Pack

Congratulations To All High School Seniors! I am excited to hear about your wonderful experiences.  I hope this helps you pack and prepare for college.  Congratulations on a job well done seniors! There are many great College Packing lists online (including my blog).  Please watch the video and I am going to show you what you…

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The Private Scholarship Game (Part 2) – How To Increase Your Odds

The Private Scholarship Game (Part 2) – How To Increase Your Odds High school juniors need to turn their attention to private scholarships now. There are many scholarships with applications that are due in the fall of the student’s senior year. If you delay this process due to procrastination or because you are preoccupied with upcoming…

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The Private Scholarship Game (Part 1) – The Top 10 Do’s and Don’ts

The Private Scholarship Game (Part 1) – The Top 10 Do’s and Don’ts Most college scholarships and grants are available through the Federal and State governments, which are ultimately controlled by the colleges themselves. However, there are a few Private scholarships that are available through outside, private sources. These private scholarships are very competitive though, and…

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Encouragement: From SAT to College

Encouragement: From SAT to College  My Plebe Year When I was attending the United States Merchant Marine Academy my “Plebe Year”(freshman) year was a tough time for me and most of my classmates.   The Plebe year is the unofficial military training doctrine of breaking you down and building you back up.  Most of my memories…

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Attention Business Owners – Would You Like A Big College Funding Break!

Attention Business Owners – Would You Like A Big College Funding Break! Business owners are afforded more tax breaks than employees of corporations, and the financial aid system is no different. Under the Federal Deficit Reduction Act, the owner(s) of family-controlled businesses with 100, or fewer, employees can exclude their entire business assets when filing…

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Attention Business Owners – Would You Like A Big College Funding Break!

Attention Business Owners – Would You Like A Big College Funding Break! Business owners are afforded more tax breaks than employees of corporations, and the financial aid system is no different. Under the Federal Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, the owner(s) of family-controlled businesses with 100, or fewer, employees can exclude their entire business assets…

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How Out-Of-State Students Can Get In-State Tuition

How Out-Of-State Students Can Get In-State Tuition One way to reduce the cost of higher education is to attend a public university. However, the student may face a huge “cost premium” if he or she does not qualify as a resident of the state where the public university is located; therefore he or she will…

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The Confusing Student Aid Report (SAR)

The Confusing Student Aid Report (SAR) The Student Aid Report (SAR) is a confusing government-type report that summarizes the information that you provided on the FAFSA financial aid form. The following are some guidelines involving the SAR. Your SAR will usually contain your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), the number used in determining your eligibility for…

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It’s Time High School Seniors To Complete The FAFSA Form

It’s Time High School Seniors To Complete The FAFSA Form Financial aid applications, such as the FAFSA, should be submitted as soon as possible after January 1, but no sooner. You cannot submit the form before January 1, because the need analysis process uses your financial information from the prior tax year when calculating eligibility…

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