The EFC Mumbo Jumbo

By Demetrius Doss / May 30, 2019

After giving almost a hundred college funding workshops on the East Coast in the past three years, one of the most common questions I receive is this: “In layman terms, can you explain all this EFC stuff?” It’s a simple question that should have a simple answer. Per the FAFSA website, the EFC (Expected Family…

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Are Public Universities Actually Cheaper?

By Samantha Davenport / May 28, 2019

Skewed Perceptions: “Only State Universities Are Affordable” Why do so many college applicants only apply to public universities? They believe that private schools will cost more money, and they won’t be able to afford it. At least this is what we are repeatedly hearing from families that we work with on their financial planning. There…

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Life Change Series: Financial Aid and Divorce

By Matthew Crider / May 21, 2019

Let’s face it, marriages don’t always go as planned.  Divorce can not only disrupt our personal relationships, it can also have lasting financial effects.  Financial aid for college can be one of those areas where these repercussions are felt.  Understanding financial aid eligibility is difficult enough when it only pertains to one family’s financial situation,…

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Prepaid Tuition Plans

By Jimmy Hicks / May 16, 2019

Prepaid Tuition Plans: An Overview What is a prepaid tuition plan? According to Investopedia, “prepaid tuition plans allow investors to purchase tuition for a student at current rates, even if he or she will not attend college for several years. Timing and age [are] a crucial factor with prepaid tuition plans, as most require plan…

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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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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 GIF 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…

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