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Filling out the FAFSA when there are divorced parents

Completing the FAFSA when parents are divorced is one of the most confusing scenarios for families, because custodial terms and who claims the child on the tax return do not necessarily apply. Further complicating things is that the rules for divorced parents are changing along with a number of other key FAFSA changes starting with…

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Insider Tips for the week of May 3, 2021

  3 things to do now for strong HS recommendation letters – Students have experienced online learning and cancelled or shortened extracurricular activities as a function of the pandemic.  Many report that they hardly know the teachers who have taught them this year, and worry that their core teachers don’t know enough about them to…

CIT’s Cozy Wittman Talks Scholarships with The Weekly Wealth Podcast

College Inside Track’s  Manager of Education and Partnerships, Cozy Wittman, was featured recently on The Weekly Wealth Podcast.  Cozy discussed planning for financial aid and scholarships with David Chudyk, Financial Advisor at Parallel Financial. Topics include: misperceptions around scholarships (including best and worse strategies for good money), the biggest providers of strong scholarships, how colleges…

Meet Kyla Sykes, Bound for Nursing at Luther College

Christy Sykes, mom of future pediatric nurse Kyla, encourages all families with first generation college students to assertively pursue the college search. “Most definitely seek out and find what is available,” she say. “You have nothing to lose! We were so surprised by what she actually could receive in the way of support and financial…

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Insider tips for the week of April 5, 2021

  Controversial financial aid change – A new FAFSA change will dramatically reduce the amount of financial aid middle and upper-income families with more than one child in college at the same time will receive. Check out our article on this significant news.   10 ways to help your teen with the college decision –…

VIDEO: CIT Founder Jay Benanav On Timing Your Financial Aid Appeal

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VIDEO: HS Juniors! Three Things To Do NOW To Ensure Strong Teacher Rec Letters

Juniors have experienced online learning and cancelled or shortened extracurricular activities as a function of the pandemic.  Many report that they tell they hardly know the teachers who have taught them this year, and worry that their core teachers don’t know enough about them to write great letters of recommendation. Don’t despair!  CIT Consultant Robin…

Understanding the College Financial Aid Award Letter

  College Inside Track’s Cozy Wittman was recently featured in the Journal of Financial Planning, discussing ways to create transparency for families in the college funding process and better understanding the college financial aid award letter. Cozy explains in detail the college financial aid award letter, tips after receiving it, elements of good and bad…

1 MIN VIDEO: Strategic Thinking About Loans, Beyond the Federal Loan

What if the Federal Loan isn’t enough for your student?  Strategic thinking about loan options beyond the federal loan — with important cautions for parents — from College Inside Track Manager of Education and Partnerships Cozy Wittman. An additional resource from CIT President Chris Wills:   Four Last Chance Financial Aid Strategies For Parents  

U of Minnesota To Offer Free Tuition to Lower Income Residents

University of Minnesota regents in February approved a free tuition plan for students of families learning less that 50k per year.   The offer applies to student who will study at the flagship campus in Minneapolis (where tuition will run approximately 15k per year), along with the University’s campuses in Crookston, Duluth, Morris, and Rochester.  …