OPM (Other People’s Money) A discussion on Scholarships

By Brock Jolly / May 11, 2020

Please join us for an enlightening and valuable discussion! Hear from a known expert in the field of finding and winning scholarships. Jocelyn was able to pay for her college education by earning $126,000 in scholarships. She has helped 1000’s of other students avoid college debt by finding OPM (Other People’s Money). Her experience, insights…

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The FAFSA Verification Process and Financial Award Letter

By Brock Jolly / February 28, 2020

Verification Does Not Mean You’re In Trouble Once you submit the FAFSA, and the government calculates your family’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC), it will then be displayed on your Student Aid Report (SAR). The federal government or a specific college/university may then require verification of the information you supplied on your FAFSA. This is not…

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Understanding Your Student Aid Report (SAR)

By Brock Jolly / February 21, 2020

This article was updated on February 21, 2020. It was originally published on February 18, 2016. The Student Aid Report (SAR) is a confusing government-type report that summarizes the information that you provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Here are the important things to look at when you receive your report.…

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How Out-Of-State Students Can Get In-State Tuition

By Brock Jolly / December 10, 2019

This article was originally published on July 15, 2016. It was updated on December 10, 2019. Many students now attend public universities to reduce the cost of higher education. Unfortunately, students often face a huge premium if they want to attend a public university that is not in their state of residence. This can be…

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A Peek Behind the Curtain of College Pricing

By Brock Jolly / June 20, 2019

This article was originally published on March 16, 2013. It was updated on June 20, 2019. One of the biggest problems in planning to pay for college is that most parents simply don’t understand the rules of the game.  And it’s not as if the colleges are doing a great job of teaching us the…

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10 Options To Consider If You Can’t Pay Your Student Loan Bills

By Brock Jolly / January 7, 2017

If you are a high school senior who will attend college in the fall, you need to understand the pressure and burden that follows when you take out massive student loans to pay for college. If you are a college grad and currently staring down the barrel of an overwhelming student loan repayment, you already…

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Do You Have A Game Plan For Financing College? If Not… It Could Cost You Thousands Of Dollars!

By Brock Jolly / November 5, 2016

Each year we are amazed at the lack of planning that some families put into college, especially financing college. The proof of this lack of planning comes out when we ask these simple questions in the initial interview with the student: Why do you want to go to college? Where do you want to go…

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Don’t Use Your 401(K) To Pay For College!

By Brock Jolly / July 18, 2016

As the cost of college heads for the stratosphere and student loans become more costly due to higher interest rates, many families may find themselves a bit cash-strapped and begin to look at their retirement fund (401k, 403b, IRA) to cover their education expenses. While it’s a natural tendency to want to do all you…

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If You Visit Colleges During The Summer Months – Look Beyond The College Brochures

By Brock Jolly / July 6, 2016

Don’t judge a college by its brochure! If you’re serious about going to college, then you need to look beyond those expensive, glossy, full-color college brochures, or fancy websites, which tout the institution’s image and credentials. To get the most out of your campus visit, you must gather first-hand intelligence about the schools on your…

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10 Items You Should Research Before Ever Committing To A College

By Brock Jolly / June 1, 2016

High school juniors will begin to look seriously at colleges soon and some of the key factors that these students will look at in their college search is 1) the looks and size of the campus, 2) the quality of campus life, 3) the honors and study-abroad programs, 4) fraternities and sororities, and 5) the…

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