Turning the Tide: Admission Process

Today high school students face an enormous amount of pressure and stress within the college admission process.  Beginning the first year of high school, students are encouraged to build a resume of their extracurricular activities, community service, and a challenging curriculum, while achieving exceptional grades.  This includes the academic selection process of taking certain Advanced…

College Students Face Financial Stress

Each year in December, the Department of Education (DOE) holds the Federal Student Aid Conference (FSA).  It is a national conference for financial aid professionals.  At this conference, I received the updates from the DOE.   I also got an insight on the common issues facing college students and the college financial aid offices.  One common…

FAFSA Deadline

A common question we are asked at our presentations is:  “When is the FAFSA deadline”.  The answer to that question will depend on the admission status of the student, the state that you reside, and which colleges you are applying to or are attending.  It is our recommendation that every family and student should submit…

FAFSA Answer Key

Complete the FAFSA

EFC PLUS will be helping families with their FAFSA submission with a Complete the FAFSA webinar on January 9th and January 27th.  The FAFSA electronic form is available on January 1st for the upcoming college school year of 2016-2017 Please join Fred Amrein, as he reviews the 4 quadrants of the EFC number and timing of…

The PATH Act Impacts College Cost

Last week, Congress passed a bill called the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes or PATH Act.  The PATH Act has a positive impact on college cost.  President Obama signed the bill on December 18, 2015.  These enhancements will expand the 529 plans qualified expenses and will permanently extend the American Opportunity Credit.  These changes will…

FAFSA Submission

Get Organized       The FAFSA or Free Application for Federal Student Aid is the form families need to complete in order to qualify for federal financial aid and many state aid programs.  Getting organized makes the process go more smoothly.  The FAFSA electronic form is available on October 1st for the upcoming college school year…

Cost of Transferring College

As we approach the end of the year, the first semester of college is almost over.  For many students this is a time to reflect on their original college decision and for other students a time to re-examine their college direction.  These discussions normally begin as part of the Thanksgiving conversation and may evolve into…

Financial Aid Decision Webinar Series

College Affordability, LLC as part of our EFC PLUS process, is creating a Financial Aid Decision Webinar Series that will run from December through April, 2016.  College education is one of the most expensive investments parents will face.  This college decision often results from the financial information being analyzed on the one year cost of college.…

Financial Aid Year-End Plan

The 2015 year is winding down.  For parents of college bound students and current college students, this is a critical time of the year.  Often overlooked in the college process is the creation of a financial aid year-end plan.  Listed below are financial items and possible adjustments that should be reviewed before the end of…