FSA ID

FSA ID

The new FSA ID will replace the Federal Student Aid Pin.  What is this change and why do families need to establish the FSA ID?   The FSA ID is the new login and electronic signature process that is replacing the current Federal Student Aid Pin used by the Department of Education.  For students, parents and…

Reduce the stress of College Applications

Is it possible to reduce the number of college applications to find the college fit?  Currently many high school juniors and their parents are starting to create their college list.  How can families reduce the stress in the college application process?  College Affordability’s new college cost calculator, EFC PLUS Core Tool can help high school…

College Deposit Deadline

When is the college deposit deadline?  Deposit day on May 1st is around the corner.  For college bound high school seniors and their families around the country it is decision time.  College decisions will be made and families will be sending enrollment deposits to the selected college.  For the student that has already confirmed their…

NAPFA College Planning Symposium

Fred Amrein will be a speaker for the NAPFA 2015 Midwest College Planning Symposium.  Come join Fred on June 25, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois and learn more about paying for college.  Fred will be describing the EFC PLUS Matrix which will show families how admissions and financial aid come together.  Click here for more information on…

Student Loans and Graduate School

Fred Amrein, founder of College Affordability LLC and EFC PLUS was recently quoted by Susannah Snider in the Education section of U.S. News and World Report.  In her article, “Tackle Undergraduate Student Loans While in Graduate School”, the author discusses undergraduate student loans and various ways this loan can be handled while in graduate school.…

Financial Aid Roadmap

FAFSA4caster: EFC Estimator

The FAFSA4caster is the free EFC or Expected Family Contribution calculator provided by the federal government through the Department of Education.   When parents and students start the college planning process they may go to the FAFSA4caster for an initial estimate of their EFC.   Knowing the detail s of your EFC is critical to understanding the…

Dealing with Debt

Dealing with debt?  Struggling to pay your loans? About to graduate and worried about how to move into “adulthood”? It’s time to get serious about paying off your loans. This session, presented by Michael Light and Fred Amrein, will help you discover options, prioritize your various loans and create an individual plan. Michael Light is…

FinancIal Aid Letter Funny Side

Financial Aid Award Letter Lighter Side

Financial aid award letters are arriving and families are now having the discussion of college affordability. Here is the financial aid award lighter side to this typical family discussion. To spread a little levity to this situation we have included the clip from “The Middle”, which is an ABC sitcom show that appears on Wednesday…