Financial Aid

Putting It Together: The Complicated Math of Financial Aid Packages

If you are a top student and you play the financial aid game right, you could end up with multiple sources of free money: a needs-based grant, a merit scholarship from the school, and/or outside scholarships. The way your school combines these aid sources can be more important than the numbers themselves. It’s important to [...]

Free Money for School! Tips for Applying for Private Scholarships

When I was a high school student (a long, long time ago), I knew that affording college was going to be a challenge for my family. Because of this, I paid careful attention to our school’s scholarship bulletin—which, at the time, was a paper posted on a bulletin board—and applied for numerous private scholarships, starting [...]

Maximizing Your Aid, Minimizing Your Costs: Need-Based Grants and Merit Scholarships

The FAFSA and Profile (discussed in these previous posts: Part 1 and Part 2) will determine your family’s financial need and “Expected Family Contribution” (EFC), but it’s up to the school and the government to determine how much you actually pay. Government Grants Certain forms of government student aid, such as Pell Grants and Cal [...]

By | 2018-02-09T15:33:49+00:00 February 16th, 2018|College Admissions, Financial Aid, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Make $5000 an Hour, Part 2: “Net Price” Versus “Sticker Price”

If you look at the sticker price of most top universities, college costs a fortune. But if you are smart about applying for need and merit-based financial aid, it might not be that bad…or at least it might only cost a small fortune. In our last blog post, we discussed the FAFSA and CSS Profile. [...]

By | 2018-02-01T12:49:58+00:00 February 2nd, 2018|College Admissions, Financial Aid, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Make $5000 an Hour: The FAFSA and CSS Profile

If you or your child is currently in the midst of college applications, you’re aware that the sticker price of college is getting higher and higher. The good news is that there is financial aid available to those who qualify, and even relatively affluent families might be eligible. Even if you think getting aid is [...]

By | 2018-02-01T15:48:51+00:00 January 19th, 2018|College Admissions, Financial Aid|0 Comments