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Insider tips for the week of Nov. 21, 2016

Below are our insider tips to help your family with the complicated college process: 4 financial aid questions that can cost you money – In a well-done article for Money Magazine, Kim Clark explains how colleges set their own rules for handing out their scholarships and how differences in two financial aid forms may or…

Shortcut to finding out how much the gov’t expects you to pay for college

College is a strange purchase, one of the few where you don’t know the final price until after you’ve done all the work. Imagine shopping for a home the way most people shop for college. You’d spend months driving (or flying) all over looking at houses that were in a certain neighborhood or had certain amenities.…

Insider tips for the week of Oct. 31, 2016

Below are our insider tips to help your family with the complicated college process:   Shortcut to finding out how much the gov’t expects you to pay for college – Most families are stunned to learn how much they are expected to contribute to college after filling out the FAFSA, so Troy Onink has put…

Insider tips for the week of October 3, 2016

Below are our insider tips to help your family with the complicated college process:   Scholarships with October deadlines – Check out this list from Jessica Velasco and find a few you can apply to.    Straight talk from college admissions officers to parents – Brennan Barnard collected candid advice to share with you. While some of…

Insider tips for the week of September 19, 2016

Below are our insider tips to help your family with the complicated college process! 8 financial aid mistakes to avoid – Road2College has a quick read jam-packed with great advice. My two favorite nuggets: Don’t wait to file financial aid forms (FAFSA is now available starting Oct. 1 of the senior year) and understand that…

Insider tips for the week of August 22, 2016

Below are our insider tips to help your family with the complicated college process!   How one student saved $20,000 on college – It wasn’t lots of scholarships but rather some very savvy planning and decisions. In this must-read for you and your child, Money’s Megan Leonhardt provides a terrific playbook on how average families…

3 ways families can lose financial aid

As if it isn’t hard enough to finance college, many families overlook the strings attached to maintaining the financial aid they received freshman year. It’s easy to see how this happens. Families are grateful for any financial aid they get and simply assume it will be the same every year. But there are a number…

Insider Tips for the Week of August 1, 2016

Below are our insider tips to help your family with the complicated college process!   Scholarships with August deadlines: Check out this terrific list from our friend Jessica Velasco and find a couple that may be a good fit for your child.   15 things every parent needs to know – A thought-provoking list from…

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Asset protection allowance down sharply

As if paying for college wasn’t hard enough for families, the amount of assets you are allowed to have that are exempt from the federal financial aid formula plummeted by 29% from just a year ago and a stunning 60% from 10 years ago. First, a quick overview of the asset protection allowance: The general concept is…

MOO regional meeting slide show 7-14-16

Click the link below to download Chris Wills’ slide show from the MOO regional meeting on July 14, 2016. CIT Chris Mutual of Omaha power point