Expert Advice

Insider tips for the week of June 26, 2017

How to make sense of college rankings – An important read from the NY Times for every family engaging in the college process. My favorite takeaway: “It isn’t like Consumer Reports…the interaction between a student and an institution is not the same as the interaction between a student and a refrigerator.”     4 ways…

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Insider tips for the week of May 1, 2017

4 questions every family should answer – Jodi Okun shares the questions every family should answer about college, including my favorite, “Who will be repaying the loans?” The parents assume the student will make payments, while the student may assume the parents will make payments. Everyone is surprised after graduation when the payment due notices…

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5 tips for negotiating with colleges

For many colleges, May 1 is National College Decision Day, the deadline for families to make deposits to attend the college of their choice.   But before families make their final decision and begin forking over lots of money to attend college, they should know it is possible to negotiate with colleges to get a…

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Insider tips for the week of April 10, 2017

3 ways to talk to your child about paying for college – The Washington Post shares helpful conversation starters for the difficult, yet important, money talk with your student.         A hidden college cost you probably didn’t think about – The Hechinger Report shines the light on a little-known reason why the…

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Insider tips for the week of Mar. 13, 2017

  College’s hidden costs: What the admissions office won’t tell you – The father of a college freshman shares with the Washington Post costs families incur beyond tuition, room and board. He admits they thought they thought they knew what the costs would be but were “dead wrong.” An important read for all parents.  …

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Insider tips for the week of Jan. 23, 2017

4 in 10 parents saving for college are making an expensive mistake – Far too many parents aren’t saving their cash in the most efficient way possible. Check out this Money Magazine article to see if you are one of them.     What college admission officers say they want in a candidate – Spend…

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Insider tips for the week of Dec. 26, 2016

What to do when you haven’t saved much for college – The Washington Post has an excellent summary of financial options families have for college. Take 5 min. to familiarize yourself with ways to make it more affordable.   How college is different than high school – Southern Methodist University put together a handy chart…

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Top strategies to help grandchildren with college

With the holiday season upon us, there is a new way grandparents may want to consider spoiling their grandchildren. Today’s retirees have accumulated wealth at unprecedented levels and combined with the rising cost of college, many now are taking advantage of an opportunity to provide a legacy of education to their grandchildren. However, without understanding the…

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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…

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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…

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