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College Planning Changes for Grandparents

  The stimulus bill passed at the end of 2020 also included some significant changes to how grandparent contributions are treated on the FAFSA. According to financial aid expert Mark Kantrowitz, cash contributions from grandparents, including distributions from grandparent-owned 529 plans and direct tuition payments to colleges, will no longer hurt a student’s eligibility for…

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Insider Tips for the week of February 1, 2021

  I’m worried my child won’t get into a good college – The Atlantic’s Lori Gottlieb writes an important piece about how we as parents help our children address disappointment in the college process, but more importantly, in life. From the moment kids are born, they take their cues from the adults around them about…

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Pick One! Project-based Applicant Development

College Inside Track consultant Greta Van Ochten discusses the work of Pick One, College Inside Track’s project-based client development program.   Pick One kicks off this week with a client webinar, for students in 9th through 12 grade.   Tell me about the CIT Pick One program.   College applications are increasingly asking questions related to…

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Insider tips for the week of January 4, 2021

  FAFSA changes – The COVID relief bill passed at the end of 2020 also included some significant changes to the FAFSA, including how multiple students in college are treated and how divorced parents complete it. While the changes do not go into effect until the 2023-24 school year, that year’s FAFSA will use tax…

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FAFSA changes

  The COVID relief bill passed at the end of 2020 also included some significant changes to the FAFSA. While the changes do not go into effect until the 2023-24 school year, that year’s FAFSA will use tax information from 2021, so there are current day considerations. And because the FAFSA is completed each year…

Deferred at your Highly Selective School, Encouraged to Choose Early Decision II? Here’s What To Do

Deferred at your highly selective school, with an option to choose Early Decision II?  Here’s what you need to know. Colleges have seen record numbers of qualified applicants during the 2020/2021 application cycle, upwards of 25% at many Highly/Most Selective Colleges. Admissions officers have speculated a number of reasons for this much higher rate of…

1.5 MIN VIDEO: “Why Was I Deferred, and What Do I Do About It?”

The admissions landscape for seniors now includes a record number of deferrals.  “Colleges defer for one of two reasons,” says CIT Consultant Lessa Scherrer.  “Either they need more information, or they’re not sure you’ll enroll.” Watch this quick video for best strategies for dealing successfully with your deferral. “Why Was I Deferred, and What Do…

“Uh oh!! I have to put my deposit (for X) down NOW at a college?!” Liar Liar #3

Q: “I have to put my deposit down NOW at a college, or we’re going to lose our chance at the best (dorm room, parking spot, first year courses …) A:  CIT Consultant Suzy Fallon’s advice to parents who are feeling the pressure to put down money NOW:  Resist the pressure!  “If you’re even remotely…

4 last-chance financial aid strategies for parents

Now that the FAFSA uses tax return information from two years before a student’s high school graduation year, families of current HS juniors (2022 grads) will use tax information from 2020 when they complete their first FAFSA in the 2021-2022 school year. This is a huge deal because whatever those families are doing (or not…

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Insider tips for the week of December 7, 2020

  Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire – In our new “Liar Liar Pants on Fire” series, College Inside Track consultants debunk some of the claims we’re hearing about college admissions. We would love to address some that YOU’RE hearing, too!  Tell us yours in the Comments section.  We will respond with specific and factual info,…