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Tips to Help Fill Out the FAFSA Application

Credible | Posted 06.30.2015 | Education
Credible

Filling out the FAFSA form does not need to be overwhelming or confusing. Use these tips for filling out the FAFSA to make the process smooth and headache free.

Lower Income at Vassar: Vassar and Opportunity

Seth Molwitz | Posted 06.23.2015 | College
Seth Molwitz

Once I began college, though, I realized that being a lower income student imposes certain hardships that don't affect many wealthier students. Luxuries like frequent trips to the city, regularly patronizing relatively expensive local restaurants, and many other miscellaneous expenses add up quickly.

Sanders' and Warren's Financial Aid Bills Miss the Mark

Bob Hildreth | Posted 06.11.2015 | College
Bob Hildreth

Bernie Sanders wants to make public colleges tuition free. Plenty of people think that's wacko left. They ask where he plans to get the money to pay for it. But then along comes Senator Warren with a more expensive bill that would make public college debt-free for everyone. Both bills would mark a sharp turn away from debt as the main way to pay for college.

The Leveling of the College Playing Field

Courtney Willett | Posted 06.11.2015 | College
Courtney Willett

Until college is no longer treated like a business in America, it will continue to create an unlevel playing field. Those who are genuinely enthused about learning deserve a chance at higher education.

Congress Wants to Weaken the Pell Program. Here's Why They Shouldn't.

Tom Sullivan | Posted 06.11.2015 | College
Tom Sullivan

Colleges and universities are playing their part in making college accessible and affordable. But we can't do it alone. We need a strong partnership with the federal government, one where Pell awards are increased, not diminished in inflation-adjusted dollars.

Afford to Dream

Daniel Hamidi | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics
Daniel Hamidi

Many opponents to expanding education to DREAM-ers argue that tax-payers pay for aid programs, and only children from tax-paying families should have access to these programs. But this argument is extremely misguiding.

The Best Way to Pay Less for Your MBA

CommonBond | Posted 06.03.2015 | Education
CommonBond

The best way to pay less for business school is simply "getting the right loans." Let's be honest.

Deciding Exactly Where to Apply to College

Scott Weingold | Posted 05.28.2015 | 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!

Debt-free Degrees, Workforce Development, and 100 Business Leaders at the White House

Julian L. Alssid | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics
Julian L. Alssid

Eighteen months away from the 2016 election, our national workforce and higher education policy arena already includes the campaign trail nearly as much as it does our nation's capital.

The May 1st Deadline Has Passed and More Financial Aid Is Now Available

Reecy Aresty | Posted 05.15.2015 | College
Reecy Aresty

Additionally, surely not every accepted student who received a financial aid package with $1,000's in need-based scholarships, grants, subsidized loans, and/or Federal Work-Study awards will be attending as well.

Private Scholarships -- A Billion-Dollar Rip-Off

Reecy Aresty | Posted 05.08.2015 | College
Reecy Aresty

Every year there are billions awarded in private scholarships, and who benefits? None other than these "poor" institutions of higher learning enriching their billion dollar endowment funds at the cost of their deserving students.

Not Just the College App Essay: 'Where Else Are You Applying?'

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 06.30.2015 | College
Elizabeth Benedict

Many of us feel the college app process isn't complicated or stressful enough (NOT!), so the good people at the Common Application, which creates and oversees the application you love so much (NOT!), announced a new question for the upcoming season that has sparked a lot of debate.

Student Loan Defaults Are Terrible -- That They Even Still Happen Is Far Worse

Carlo Salerno | Posted 06.28.2015 | Education
Carlo Salerno

By our best estimates, there are approximately 7.3 million borrowers holding some $106 billion in defaulted student loan debt. While there's no official line, it's probably safe to say this qualifies as a "crisis."

College Admissions: Debunking the Myth of Prestige and Maximum Financial Success

Ishan Puri | Posted 06.24.2015 | Education
Ishan Puri

Brand names do not necessarily maximize student's financial success. If financial success is not driving the mania behind college admissions competitiveness, then what is?

How To Understand Your Financial Aid Package

| Posted 04.14.2015 | Teen

Financial aid packages can definitely be tricky (what do half these words even mean?!). There are various types of financial aid, and it may be diffic...

Mind the College Financial Aid Gap

Rebecca Joseph | Posted 06.13.2015 | College
Rebecca Joseph

Last week, I visited two public schools in Los Angeles to help lower and middle class seniors decide which college to accept by May 1. After speaking with these struggling students, I re-designed my presentations for the rest of this month to focus on these five topics.

How to Write a Financial Aid Appeal Letter

SALT | Posted 06.09.2015 | Money
SALT

Nothing is guaranteed -- the financial aid office does not have to review your award simply because you wrote a letter. However, submitting an appeal can help them understand your situation.

From Poverty to a Privileged Campus

Robin Spiess | Posted 06.06.2015 | College
Robin Spiess

When we allow ourselves to treat the topic of money as taboo, we force ourselves to bury those parts of our lives that could make others uncomfortable -- but those parts of our lives are often the most defining of our characters and our motivations.

Denying Higher Education to Undocumented Students is a Roadblock to Future Economic Growth

Zenen Jaimes Pérez | Posted 05.31.2015 | Politics
Zenen Jaimes Pérez

Every year, of the at least 122,600 undocumented seniors in the country's high schools, only around 2,000 are expected to graduate with a college degree.

Financial Aid Award Letters: Eschew Obfuscation

W. Kent Barnds | Posted 05.26.2015 | College
W. Kent Barnds

I often find myself helping a prospective student or parent understand an award offered by another institution. So, I thought it might be helpful to point out a couple of things that often lead to so-called "a-ha" moments with families. In the last three weeks, I've run across a variety of interesting factors that do not eschew obfuscation.

The Real March Madness: Slashing Student Aid

Ethan Senack | Posted 05.23.2015 | Politics
Ethan Senack

For decades Congress has recognized that investment in higher education is the pathway to economic growth and a sustainable, healthy workforce, but last week Republicans in Congress released a budget proposal that includes about $150 billion in cuts to student financial aid.

Paying for College: 5 Things to Know About College Financial Aid Letters

Abigail Seldin | Posted 05.17.2015 | College
Abigail Seldin

Don't let the headache of untangling financial aid letters spoil the thrill of getting into college. Here are five things to keep in mind as you evaluate your options for attending and paying for school.

Financial Aid Guide For Families

WiserAdvisor.com | Posted 04.29.2015 | College
WiserAdvisor.com

Most families aren't able to cover the full cost of their children's college experience, which means financial aid will play at least a part of their college planning. If you're thinking about applying for financial aid for your college-aged student (or thinking ahead for a child who's got some time left to go), here are the fundamentals you need to know.

5 Things I Learned About Applying to College and Getting Financial Aid

Sheila Blanchette | Posted 04.28.2015 | Parents
Sheila Blanchette

For families that need financial aid to help pay for college, there are no dream schools. There is no early acceptance application. Your child can certainly apply to their dream school, but they need to understand that the Rolling Stones got it right: "You don't always get what you want."

The Great Scholarship Hunt: How To Save $40K On College

Maureen Hannan | Posted 04.19.2015 | College
Maureen Hannan

Recently, I had a big realization: In 27 years of teaching and parenting, I've never actually met a student who's received more than $3,000 of assistance from writing a bunch of time-sucking essays. So, I set out on a mission: Find the most effective strategy for an 11th-grader to rack up serious merit-based scholarship dollars.