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

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 04.30.2015 | 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 04.29.2015 | 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 04.25.2015 | 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 04.14.2015 | 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 04.10.2015 | 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 04.06.2015 | 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 03.31.2015 | 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 03.26.2015 | 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 03.23.2015 | 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 03.17.2015 | 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.

Working With the College Financial Aid Office

Evelynne Blatt | Posted 04.19.2015 | College
Evelynne Blatt

Paying for college is a major financial commitment for students and their families. Fortunately, there are many sources of financial aid that can help reduce the price tag of a college education. And one of the best places to learn about your options is the college Financial Aid Office.

Easy Steps to Getting the FAFSA Done

SALT | Posted 04.15.2015 | Money
SALT

While applying for financial aid may seem like a painful process, it's an important one. If you or your family need help paying for college, you should maximize your opportunities to receive financial aid. The FAFSA helps you do just that.

Sticking to Your Money Resolutions

Mary Johnson | Posted 04.11.2015 | College
Mary Johnson

One of the best ways for college students to sustain financial resolutions is to avoid broad, generic goals such as "I will spend less money." Instead, think small and be more specific in what you plan to do.

Your Complete February 2015 Financial To-Do List

LearnVest | Posted 04.07.2015 | Money
LearnVest

It's February! The month when hearts, kisses and huggable stuffed animals abound -- and you're constantly reminded: All you need is love. But we think there's something else you need, too. (Hint: It's green, not pink.)

FAFSA: The Starting Point for Financing College

Evelynne Blatt | Posted 04.06.2015 | College
Evelynne Blatt

There are many sources of financial aid available to college-bound students from federal and state governments, as well as colleges and universities, including grants, loans, and work-study programs.

You Got Into College. Now What?

Evelynne Blatt | Posted 03.28.2015 | College
Evelynne Blatt

Now, as an officially college bound student (or parent of a student) you may be feeling a new sense of anxiety over how to cover the cost of your investment in higher education. The answer is financial aid.

Free Tuition for Community College

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 03.26.2015 | Education
William B. Bradshaw

Currently, we have only a few of the specifics, and this week I will write about: what I do know about the proposal; the need for more particulars; arguments in favor of, and in opposition to, the proposal; and an alternative proposal.

Financial Sense 101: Prepare For College Before The Freshman Fifteen

Chris Mettler | Posted 03.25.2015 | College
Chris Mettler

As students look forward to attending school and experiencing all that college has to offer, they may not be thinking about how to properly manage their money. Making smart financial choices while in school will not only ease the burden of college debt, but also set them up for financial success beyond graduation.

Obama vs. the Student Debt Crisis

Kelsey Clark | Posted 03.24.2015 | College
Kelsey Clark

Ironically, attending college has placed many Americans on the slow track to success.

5 Common FAFSA Questions and Answers You Should Know

Gianna Sen-Gupta | Posted 03.16.2015 | Money
Gianna Sen-Gupta

The free application for federal student aid, or the FAFSA, is your ticket to paying for college in 2015, especially if your family can't afford to pay full freight.

3 Student Loan Repayment Plans You Need to Know About

Equal Justice Works | Posted 03.16.2015 | College
Equal Justice Works

A recent Washington Post article discussing the student debt plight of Wayne Tibak demonstrates the fundamental strengths and weaknesses of income-dri...