Expert Advice

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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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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