Financial Aid Reductions due to Trump’s 2018 Budget Proposal

President Trump has released the 2018 budget proposal this week and based on the initial review it appears that higher education will face significant reductions, specifically to student aid programs.  These projected budget changes total over $143 billion in savings over the next 10 years.  For the Department of Education, it would represent a 13.5%…

Planning a College Visit

As the 2017 school year is ending, it is just the beginning for the rising high school senior or the class of 2018.  This summer, the college bound student will begin the college search, which may include road trips to visit colleges.  Finding the college fit includes the right combination of academics, financial and environmental…

College Dorm Room and Legal Checklist

For college freshman, the first steps of independence are approaching quickly.  For both students and parents, a smooth transition into college requires an organized plan.  EFC PLUS has compiled a list of items that you should consider before leaving for college.  Some of your planning will be highly dependent on how far from home your…

College Expectations versus Reality

Each year, Accenture Strategy conducts a survey consisting of current college seniors and the prior two years of college graduates.  The survey size is approximately 2,000 students split 1,000 from each group.  It is a great insight into the picture of college expectations versus reality.  The survey covers a series of topics such as job…

College Financial Frustration

Every year, I hear stories about the financial frustration families experienced when the actual decision time arrives for picking their child’s college. Finding a college that includes the right environment, academics and is affordable can be stressful and maybe even painful.  Many parents describe their admission decision process and how they were surprised with the…

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…