What Every College Financial Aid Officer Wants You to Ask

By Kim Smith / May 13, 2019

As a College Funding Coach and a Financial Advisor, my conversations with families are often focused on how they can provide the best education and opportunity for their children without compromising their families’ financial future or taking on significant debt. With college expenses rising at an alarming rate, families are struggling to pay for college…

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Why Do I Have Two Different EFC Numbers?

By Willis Holdeman / May 13, 2019

As parents, we wear ourselves out making sure our children are ready for college. We monitor their grades, make sure they prepare for their SAT/ACT tests, coach them to volunteer in the community, and encourage them to participate in some extracurricular activities at school.  Now we also need to make sure that they can get…

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The FAFSA vs CSS Profile for Divorced and Separated Parents:

By Demetrius Doss / May 13, 2019

The Useful Difference and the Unpleasant Truth I give college funding workshops for parents in many different locations. No matter where I am presenting, there is always one common denominator. When I start discussing the FAFSA and CSS Profile I am met with a multitude of very audible sighs. During one workshop in South Carolina,…

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The Myth of the D.C. Resident Paying In-State Tuition

By Zaina Bankwalla / May 3, 2019

Do Washington D.C. residents get in-state college tuition in all states? This is the most common question I hear when I give my college workshop, Little Known Secrets of Paying for College.  The short answer is…. No! But there is good reason for why this myth is propagated. If you reside in D.C. you may…

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Stop the Insanity!

By JimWehr / March 28, 2019

The recent college admissions scandal should give us all pause for thought. Most of us don’t appreciate those who cut in line or use wealth and power to influence what is perceived as a merit-based competition. People are angry—as they should be. Yet, some of this anger may be misdirected. We should not let this…

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Go to college for free? Here’s how

By Online Media Source / March 25, 2019

 By Diana Alvear, FOX 46 Charlotte Putting one kid through college is daunting enough, Bernice feaster had two. But she never once wrote a check to pay for their school. Scholarships paid for their tuition, room and board and everything else. “Between two sons,” Feaster says, “We did about 1 point 6 million dollars,…

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Can the student loan crisis cause the next housing crisis?

By Freddie Rappina / March 15, 2019

Here is an idea. Let’s convince a generation of people over 70 million strong (the baby boomers) that one of the biggest and best investments they will ever make in their life is their home. We will tell them that having a large portion of their net worth and retirement savings in this investment will…

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2018’s Most & Least Educated Cities in America

By Online Media Source / July 26, 2018

Jul 24, 2018  |  Adam McCann, Financial Writer Cities want to attract highly educated workers to fuel their economic growth and tax revenues. Higher levels of education tend to lead to higher salaries. And the more that graduates earn, the more tax dollars they contribute over time, according to the Economic Policy Institute. In turn, educated people…

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New ways to pay for college

By Online Media Source / June 25, 2018

Experts respond to real-life scenarios of people struggling to afford higher education Jun 23, 2018 @ 6:00 am By Ryan W. Neal 4Shares Everything was going according to plan, at first. Rosemary was investing in a diversified portfolio and saving for retirement. Over several years her adviser helped her negotiate pay raises, buy a home…

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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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