Do 529 Savings Plans Make the Grade?

By Brock Jolly / May 31, 2022

Statistics show that most parents are familiar with Section 529 plans, yet only about 37% of parents are actually using them, according to a study done by Sallie Mae. As with any financial product, 529 savings plans have advantages and disadvantages, so it is imperative that parents evaluate their options before diving headfirst into the…

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Need Help Paying for College?

By Brock Jolly / October 19, 2021

Understanding EFC & Need-Based Aid Every year families go through the tedious process of filling out financial aid forms in hopes of getting enough money to make college affordable for their student(s). Despite putting in the work, most families do not receive enough aid to help them cover the costs of college. The good news,…

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16 Questions About FAFSA & Financial Aid

By Brock Jolly / October 5, 2021

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2022-2023 academic year opened on Oct 1, and as a general rule, should be submitted as soon as possible. To submit the FAFSA, go to According to Mark Kantrowitz of, “Students who file the FAFSA during the first three months tend to get…

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14 Ways to Minimize Student Loans

By Brock Jolly / May 20, 2021

Putting the Student Loan Problem in Perspective In total, almost 45 million Americans owe about $1.7 trillion in student debt. About 70 percent of college grads have student debt when they graduate; the average debt among all graduates now pushes $37,000. These statistics look really scary, but the story is more complicated than “everyone’s crippled…

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

By Brock Jolly / May 4, 2021

This article was updated on May 4, 2021. It was originally published on July 15, 2016. 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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Choosing the Right College: Look Beyond the Brochures

By Brock Jolly / November 3, 2020

This post was updated on November 3, 2020. It was originally published on July 6, 2016. If your child is serious about going to college, then you need to look beyond those expensive, glossy, full-color college brochures and fancy websites that tout the institution’s image and credentials. You need to do your research and ask…

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Little-Known Secrets of Paying for College On-Demand Webinar

By Brock Jolly / October 1, 2020

For many families, the high cost of higher education is a daunting proposition. Parents lie awake at night trying to figure out how to afford sending their children to college and still have enough of their hard earned money to be able to retire one day. Some families have children attending college next year and…

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10 Items You Should Research Before Ever Committing To A College

By Brock Jolly / September 22, 2020

This post was updated on September 23, 2020. It was originally published on June 1, 2016.  Rising high school juniors and seniors have already begun or will begin to look seriously at colleges soon. Many students are focused on the following factors in their college search: The looks and size of the campus The quality…

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College Tuition IS Negotiable

By Brock Jolly / September 21, 2020

You read the title correctly! College tuition is negotiable! While listening to this webinar you will learn from a well-known expert and parent the unknown secrets of how to successfully pay less college tuition. Grab your seat now as this webinar will fill quickly! Click the link to register. Joel Peck is a Certified Public…

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An Inside Look at College Admissions in the COVID-19 Age On Demand Webinar

By Brock Jolly / September 15, 2020

Covid-19 has turned our world upside down! The information on college admissions, financial aid, standardized testing, distance learning….it’s all so confusing! Tune in to hear reliable and clear answers to the many questions that you have been asking. Please join Brock Jolly, Founder of The College Funding Coach® and George Mason University Dean of Admissions,…

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