Educating Yourself When It Comes to Paying for College

By Erik Fischer / November 26, 2019

Saving for retirement is a challenge. Figuring out how to pay for your kids’ college while trying to save for retirement is a much more difficult challenge.  College is a daunting and anxiety-inducing proposition for so many parents.  It is one of the biggest pre-planned expenses in our lives and it often falls at an…

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Endowments: Finding Out Where the Money Is

By Erik Fischer / November 20, 2019

For many Americans, affordability will be a major factor in their college decision. Therefore, it’s incredibly helpful to find out which schools have deep pockets and a generous disposition.  So, how do you do this? Where can you find out how much is in a college’s endowment fund, and how likely is it that this…

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How to Check Your Admissions Probability for College

By Erik Fischer / November 13, 2019

Traditional Strategies for Determining Admission Probability The college search process can be grueling and chaotic; there are just so many possibilities and unknown factors involved. And of course, underscoring this entire search is the concern that you can’t know for sure whether you will get into a specific college. Think about it: what are your…

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Researching Student Loans

By Erik Fischer / November 5, 2019

The Current Student Loan Situation It’s fair to say the student loan environment has…and I believe this is the technical term…gotten completely out of control. As of 2019, total student loan debt sits at about $1.6 trillion—exceeding total auto loan debt (almost $1.2 trillion) and consumer credit card debt (nearly $1.1 trillion). Also, as US…

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College Planning Alphabet Soup – FAFSA, CSS, EFC, COA

By Erik Fischer / October 30, 2019

Have you ever had a job or been in a business where acronyms seemed to exist in every email subject line, every report, and every team meeting?  Of course, we all have!  Do you think college planning is any different? Nope! This article is going to help you get to know the important acronyms.  Here…

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Utilizing the College Board Website for Research

By Erik Fischer / October 22, 2019

Finding Answers to Your College Questions When it comes to preparing for college, there are many important questions that a family has to ask. Here are some of the big ones: How do I find the right college for my child? How much does each school cost? Where can I find the timeline for admissions?…

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How to Research Scholarships

By Erik Fischer / October 17, 2019

Figure Out How NOT to Pay for College As of 2019, funding college is one of the most difficult financial hurdles for any American family.  A college degree has become increasingly expected for quality employment. Combine this with the fact that college costs on average increase at twice the rate of inflation, and you see…

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Are You Preparing for College, or Retirement?

By Erik Fischer / June 7, 2018

We all have a tendency to compartmentalize different areas of our life, and this is no different when it comes to financial planning.  Most of us think that paying for college and planning for retirement are our two biggest financial goals; and logically, we prepare for each one of these individually knowing this fact. However,…

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5/29 only comes once a year but there are two types of 529 Plans!

By Erik Fischer / May 31, 2018

Question:  We are starting an account to eventually fund our child’s education, and we have heard that the 529 Savings Plan and the Prepaid College Tuition Plan are the two best options.  Is that true and which one is better? Answer:  This is a very frequent question that parents ask when they are taking the…

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