What college is right for me?

Starting in junior year of high school many students are often asked where they will be going to college.  Making a college list is a daunting task due to the sheer number of colleges found in the United States.  So where does the student begin when they start to compile a college list. College Affordability…

Financial aid award letters

It is that time of the year, when students will be receiving their financial aid award letters.  It is a time to compare schools on college affordability and college value.  We have often discussed how each school may have their own award letter format which makes comparison difficult, especially if you are trying to determine…

Net Price Calculators – Are They Helpful?

When parents and students start the college planning process, they often hear the term net price calculator.    A net price calculator gives families an estimation of their possible financial aid at each college.  It calculates the estimated net price of attendance at a school by taking the cost of attendance and subtracting eligible grants and…

What is EFC or Expected Family Contribution?

The EFC or Expected Family Contribution number is the amount a college will use in estimating a student’s financial need.  In order to get an EFC or Expected Family Contribution a family would need to complete a FAFSA form.  Now is the time of the year when parents are compiling their financial information in order…

Student Loan Forgiveness

  Student loan forgiveness programs are a great way to lower your student debt.  Based on the career you are selecting, having knowledge of how the student loan forgiveness program works can make your college decision easier.  If you are considering a career in the government, education or medicine, your opportunities are significantly better. One…

College Saving Strategies

A college saving strategies article appeared in MetroKids. The author, Susan Stopper addresses the high cost of college tuition. She discusses the difficulty parents have today in being prepared for the high cost of college tuition. Ms. Stopper speaks about how parents can save for college tuition through 529 savings plans, Coverdell Education Saving Accounts,…