New PSAT

PSAT

New PSAT Scoring system = Alignment with SAT scores Many changes were made to the PSAT (see blog What Should I Expect on the New PSAT). A test for sophomores (the PSAT 10) will be offered by some schools between the end of February and early March.  On January 7, your scores were made available…

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Current Student Loan Debt

| StartClass There are many financial strategies that can help you fund college expenses without raiding your retirement fund. Strategies such as: EFC strategies – minimize your EFC and maximize your financial aid eligibility Loan strategies – reduce your education debt so as not to jeopardize your current budget, your credit rating, or your retirement…

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Student Loans, REPAYE, Federal Pell Grant

Education News

Student Loans Rates Rise Students who took out student loans and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 2014 had an average debt load of $28,950, up 2 percent from the year before and 56 percent more than their peers from 10 years earlier, reported today by the Institute for College Access and Success. Click Here…

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College Unraveled News

Colege Unraveled News

College Unraveled News Federal Student Aid Programs The New York Times reported this week a new Federal Student Aid Program. They report – “Hoping to offer more alternatives, particularly to low-income students considering substandard for profit colleges, the Education Department is unveiling a pilot program today to allow students to use federal loans and grants…

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FAFSA Changes

FAFSA Changes

FAFSA CHANGES On Sept. 14, 2015, President Obama announced significant changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) process that will impact millions of students. We want to inform you about these changes and provide you with tools and information you can use. Changes for the 2017–18 FAFSA® The 2016–17 FAFSA® will be…

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Tuition Discounting

College Sale

Tuition discounting is on the rise and this is good news if you want to reduce the cost of college.  Tuition discounting is when a college will offset its published tuition price with a discount of institutional grants and scholarships to entice students to enroll in their school.  The vast majority of private and public…

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These Colleges Gave The Best Financial Aid Packages for 2015-2016

Financial Aid

These Colleges Gave The Best Financial Aid Packages for 2015-2016 Every year the cost of college seems to outpace the rate of inflation. You would think that our weak economy would have an effect on college prices, but it does not. One thing is for certain though, regardless of the state of our economy, the…

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The 20 Most Expensive Colleges For Incoming Freshmen (2015-2016)

The 20 Most Expensive Colleges For Incoming Freshmen (2015-2016) Every year the cost of college seems to outpace the rate of inflation. You would think that our weak economy would have an effect on college prices, but it never does! One thing is for certain though, regardless of the state of our economy, the demand…

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Essential Advice Before Sending AP Test Scores to Colleges

AP Test

I am devoting this post to answering a good question that I was recently asked. Question: Ryan, I would like to only send my AP scores of 5s, not 4s, to the colleges on my final college list.  If I only send the AP scores of 5s and not 4s, will colleges see AP classes on…

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Don’t Use Your 401(K) To Pay For College!

Don’t Use Your 401(K) To Pay For College! As the cost of college heads for the stratosphere and student loans become more costly due to higher interest rates, many families may find themselves a bit cash-strapped and begin to look at their retirement fund (401k, 403b, IRA) to cover their education expenses. While it’s a…

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