Top 7 Ways to Financially Prepare for College

By Online Media Source / May 10, 2022

It’s no news that college is an incredibly expensive endeavor. Many students end up with tens of thousands of dollars in debt when they graduate – a debt they have to start paying back almost immediately after entering the workforce. Many families realize that college costs are exorbitant, but there’s often no sense of urgency…

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How to Rebound After Your Small Business Closes

By Online Media Source / May 10, 2022

Small business owners: Make the college dream a reality by learning strategies from The College Funding Coach’s Little-Known Secrets of Paying for College Workshop. If your small business has closed, know you’re not alone. According to AdvisorSmith, approximately two-thirds of small business owners fail during their 10th year of operation—while 50 percent close after just…

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Test Prep Avenues for the ACT/SAT: Matching Budget to Student Type

By Online Media Source / May 4, 2022

This is a guest post from Alexander Chip of Top Score Education. If you like this content and want more like it, feel free to join our free workshop in June! Register here: Testing, Timeline and Trends: What You Need to Know About the Changing College Admissions Landscape. The World of Test Prep Options and…

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How to Help Your Student Create Their College List

By Online Media Source / April 21, 2022

This is a guest post from Kathleen Glynn-Sparrow and Greg Schneider of The College Coaches. If you like this content and want more like it, feel free to join our free workshop in June! Register here: Testing, Timeline and Trends: What You Need to Know About the Changing College Admissions Landscape. Leave the Legwarmers and Bomber…

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How to Leverage Charitable Giving to Increase Financial Aid Eligibility

By Cooper Hanning / April 8, 2022

You make a good income. You save adequately. You like to give to charity, not just for the tax deductions (but it sure doesn’t hurt😊). How can you use all three to pay for college? Most parents we work with understand the value of saving, either discovering this “value” too late or benefitting from actions…

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How Families with High EFCs Can Save Money by Going to College Abroad

By Online Media Source / March 28, 2022

While it is a bit dramatic to call where to go to college the most important decision in a person’s life, it is certainly one of the first big ones.  Alongside a choice of career and spouse, college—and the process of paying for it—can impact a person’s financial health long after they graduate. Therefore, it’s…

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Strategies for Sending Your Children to Private Colleges Despite the Higher Costs

By James L. Hicks, CFP / March 13, 2022

Go to College In-State, They Said As one of three children growing up in suburban Northern Virginia in the 1990s, my mother and father strongly urged us—well, commanded is more like it—to pursue one of the following two options for higher education: in-state…or in-state. My older sisters went to Virginia colleges, surprise, surprise, I did…

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Navigating Your Undergraduate Student Loan Options Wisely

By Tim McFillin / March 8, 2022

As of March 2022, most Americans have returned to some semblance of a normal work-life–“normal” being the operative word here.  Most of us are working remotely, in a hybrid setting, or, if back in the office, have adjusted our mindset towards the traditional “office grind.” Due in large part to profound changes to the American…

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What College Is Right for Your Child? Understanding the Concept of College Fit

By Katy Chai / February 22, 2022

Many students base their college lists on what their friends are talking about, their parent’s alma mater, or high-profile college sports on ESPN. This may be a decent way to begin the conversation about college, but it’s certainly not the way to end it. Ultimately, it’s wise to be informed and strategic about your college…

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Consider Going Out of State for College

By Tim McFillin / January 31, 2022

This post was updated on January 31, 2022. It was originally published on August 14, 2019. In-State College Is Not Always Cheaper When I was in high school growing up in Vienna, Virginia, my parents told me “Tim, you can go to any school that you want……but it has to be in Virginia.” So, I…

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