As annual duties go, completing the FAFSA in spring is as pleasing as having a mammogram while filling out your 1040. Warming winds lure young and old to neighborhood cafes and parks as middle-aged parents of college kids collectively growl at computers.
For first-generation students, navigating the college process can seem like an impossible task. Complicating matters more, first-generation students often struggle with planning for college, completing the FAFSA, and applying to college when compared to their more affluent peers.
Congress can help students achieve postsecondary success by fixing the federal student aid system to focus on completion. The sooner lawmakers make these changes, the sooner more students will realize their American Dream.
Most families tend to overestimate college costs, and with a little preparation and persistence you and your child will find a school that's within your financial reach. Here are some tips for getting started.
For some seniors, all of the applications are done and gone. Yippee! For others, there are some left to complete. Either way, after you send in your final applications, there are a few more things to do to make sure you get into a college that's right for you.
The New Year is a time for reflection, introspection, and resolutions. One resolution you should make if you are a high school senior or the parent of one is to get your FAFSA submitted before the end of this month.
What about the tooth fairy? Did she bring you any money this year that you can apply toward the cost of tuition? And exactly how much currency is in your pockets at this very moment? Oh, and do you know, off hand, the value of your grandmother's jewelry?
I may not have the next 20 years of my life planned out, but I did set a college and career goal: to take all the time I need to find my answer to the question "What do you want to be when you grow up?"