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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 02.27.2015 | 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 02.27.2015 | 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 02.17.2015 | 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 02.19.2015 | 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 02.13.2015 | 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 02.10.2015 | 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 02.05.2015 | 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 02.04.2015 | 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 01.29.2015 | 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...

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.

'Nontraditional' But Increasingly Common Barriers to Higher Education

Abby Miller | Posted 03.10.2015 | College
Abby Miller

This growing majority of students has essentially been penalized because their families or their schools were unable to provide the same encouragement and direction that more privileged students have access to.

Middle-aged Seminarian Blues: Second-career Clergy Face Rising Debt, Lower Job Prospects

David Briggs | Posted 03.07.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

The realities of a shrinking clergy labor market, and seminary tuition costs outpacing inflation, leave some facing debts of $80,000 or more trying to find work in a relatively low-paying profession. The burden is falling particularly hard on prospective minority clergy with the fewest resources, analysts state.

Freshmen: Do These 7 Things Now to Not Be Broke Later

Alexandra Rice | Posted 02.16.2015 | College
Alexandra Rice

For many students, college is full of fun firsts: your first time living away from home, joining a sorority or fraternity and tailgating for football games, to name a few. But all of those things cost money, and Mom and Dad won't be there to help you pay for everything.

9 Facts About How to Manage Your Student Debt

Equal Justice Works | Posted 02.15.2015 | College
Equal Justice Works

Whether you are still deciding on college, taking out your first loans or are already in repayment, there is a lot to know about borrowing and repaying student loans.

Needed: A True Diversity Map for America

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 02.04.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Sometimes childhood experiences motivate a lifetime of extraordinary work. That is certainly true for Georgetown University Law School professor and bioethicist Patricia King, a brilliant scholar and one of the most effective leaders you may not know.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Student Loans

Mary Johnson | Posted 01.31.2015 | College
Mary Johnson

Acquiring student loan debt can be an intimidating, confusing process; however, in today's educational environment, it's often a necessity in order to finance a college education. With proper advance knowledge and research, student loans are a worthwhile option.

Increasing Transparency in College Tuition Costs

Abigail Seldin | Posted 01.14.2015 | College
Abigail Seldin

One of the best-kept secrets in the college admissions process is the fact that tuition sticker prices rarely tell the whole story.