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10 Different Ways to Save for College... and How They Affect Your Ability to Get Aid

Scott Weingold | Posted 11.06.2015 | College
Scott Weingold

It's one of the most common questions I get -- "What's the best way to save for college?". Or the other one that's popular nowadays -- "Is a 529 plan the best way to save for college?" So I thought I'd address that here.

Deciding Exactly Where to Apply to College

Scott Weingold | Posted 05.28.2016 | College
Scott Weingold

It's usually the most important two decisions you'll make in the entire college process: Deciding exactly where to apply... and how to pick the right college. And -- while there's no shortage of information available to college-bound families -- so many people still get it wrong!

Is There an Income Limit for Financial Aid?

Scott Weingold | Posted 03.16.2015 | College
Scott Weingold

No matter who you are or where you come from, every person enrolling in college has the right to submit their free financial aid application to the Department of Education.

How to Send Your Child to an Elite Private College for Less Than the Cost of a State School

Scott Weingold | Posted 10.13.2014 | College
Scott Weingold

There can be a huge difference between the sticker price and what a parent actually pays for college.

The Best College Jobs... While You're In College

Scott Weingold | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Scott Weingold

Any job you take during college is a good one.That's because it shows employers you can balance school and work at the same time. The best college jobs, though, are the ones that help you land the career you want, right after you've graduated.

College Scholarship Scams: 5 Questions You Should Ask

Scott Weingold | Posted 10.25.2013 | College
Scott Weingold

You don't have to search very far to get tips and strategies for getting college scholarship money these days. But how often do you hear about the seedy underworld of scholarships?

The 6 Biggest Mistakes You Can Make on Your College Applications

Scott Weingold | Posted 10.01.2013 | College
Scott Weingold

The college application is more than simply what schools use to determine whether or not you'll be enrolled. In fact, completing the application can be thought of a test, all on its own.

How Twitter Can Help You Get Into College (and Even Pay for It)

Scott Weingold | Posted 08.26.2013 | College
Scott Weingold

As with anything in social media, you have to know where to look, how to sort through the mindless chatter, and how to drill down to the core information that will help the most.

How to Use the College Video Essay in the Admissions Process

Scott Weingold | Posted 07.29.2013 | College
Scott Weingold

It's important to remember some schools may accept videos only as a "supplement" to the traditional application, while others may look to videos as an accepted alternative to written essays. So, why video essays?

College Textbooks: How to Get the Best Deal Possible

Scott Weingold | Posted 07.08.2013 | College
Scott Weingold

Used books will usually give you the best bang for your buck, but be aware that your book will probably not come in pristine condition.

How to Use Facebook to Get a Leg Up in College Admissions

Scott Weingold | Posted 05.21.2013 | College
Scott Weingold

You might not be surprised to learn that almost a full 25 percent of today's college admissions officers use Facebook when judging applicants.