The New York Times reported late last year the findings of the College Board’s 2010 annual reports.  As state financing dwindled, four-year public universities increased their published tuition and fees almost 8 percent, to an average of $7,605. When room and board is included, the average in-state student at a public university now pays $16,140… Read More

FAFSA on the web

Financial aid is an important piece of the college admissions process. In just a few days, the 2011 FAFSA will be available online. Before you sit down to complete this federal form, you need to gather some information.… Read More

Ever wonder why college kids are the most fashionable, active and social group in our society? College students live in a bubble of financial aid, protected from accruing interest and subsidized by government grants and scholarships. They are, temporarily, protected from a crumbling economy. Thanks to all of my financial aid, I didn’t have to… Read More

rating financial aid

If receiving financial aid is the key to attending college, you might want to look at your college’s financial aid footprint. Every college reports the statistics related to their financial aid profile. These statistics can tell you how generous they are with their scholarships and grants and also the percentage of students who receive help… Read More

student aid

When you hear colleges talk about financial aid, you will hear these terms: eligibility, need, expected family contribution, need-based aid, non-need based aid, and loans. It’s difficult to wrap your head around the process if you don’t understand the basic terms that are used when discussing financial aid. Eligibility In order to qualify for financial… Read More

fafsa on the web

In just a few short weeks (January 1), the 2011 FAFSA will be available online. Use that acronym, and parents and students start to cringe. The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) causes fear and dread, much like the dreaded yearly IRS forms. But truthfully, the FAFSA is just an online form that you complete in order to qualify for federal financial aid and provide colleges with the information they need when determining your financial aid package.… Read More

FAFSA form

For many, the decision to attend college hinges on the ability to pay for it. You may be surprised at the amount of aid that becomes available each year through federally funded grants and loans; not to mention the amount of aid individual colleges award each year in the form of grants and scholarships. On… Read More

college students

The National Center for Education Statistics recently released findings of a study that followed the attainment and persistence rates of a nationally representative sample of 19,000 American students, following them over the past six years. The report found that, within six years of enrollment: 35 percent of students had not received any type of degree… Read More