Insider tips for the week of December 3, 2022

Financial aid formula changes – CIT’s Chris Wills explains how little-known changes to the financial aid formula for the 2023-24 school year could affect how much you pay for college (these are different from the significant changes occurring the following year). Take a couple minutes to see if you may be impacted. What does a…

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Financial Aid Formula Changes

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  The FAFSA formula that determines how much financial aid a family will qualify for is undergoing two behind-the-scenes financial aid formula changes for the 2023-24 school year.  These changes are in addition to the massive changes happening for the 2024-25 school year for families with multiple children in college, grandparents, etc. First, the good…

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Insider tips for the week of November 1, 2022

Underclassmen strategies – If you have a HS underclassman, now is the time to nail down a concrete strategy related to college debt and the college search. Check out the advice from CIT’s Cozy Wittman. Study skills guide – Grades are a vital part of the college application. Courtesy of James Madison University, here’s a…

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Can We Juggle Assets to Make Ourselves Need-based?

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  In this three minute video, CIT Education and Partnerships lead Cozy Wittman answers the perennial questions asked by high-EFC parents in search of college dollars: “Can we juggle assets to make ourselves need-based? What can we do to make ourselves needier on the FAFSA and CSS Profile?”      Learn the single strongest factor determining whether…

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Freshman Best Practice: Find a Living Learning Community!

Stephanie George, College Inside Track Consultant Hello, Stephanie!  Our topic today is Living Learning Communities (LLCs).  I know that you’re a proponent of them. What exactly is an LLC, and what colleges have them?  A living learning community is a smaller community in a college or university; students in an LLC have common interests and…

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Federal Student Loan Forgiveness Applications Open

Student loan forgiveness applications open  The Department of Education has launched a beta test of its application website for those seeking debt relief. Federal student loan borrowers can now submit applications through the Department’s beta mode website. Borrowers who submit their applications now will not need to resubmit them once the Department of Education begins…

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Cozy Wittman: Current College Trends on the “Something More with Chris Boyd” radio show

Cozy Wittman, Education and Partnership Manager of College Inside Track, joins CEO, Chris Boyd, CFP®, and Wealth Advisor, Jeff Tomaneng, CFP® to discuss college planning and trends. Cozy discusses how she helps students prepare for the college search and selection process by explaining when students should start their search, important factors to consider, and how…

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Insider tips for the week of October 8, 2022

10 FAFSA mistakes to avoid – The FAFSA opened on Oct. 1 and is now available to be completed by 2023 HS grads. Here are the most common mistakes to avoid, courtesy of the Dept. of Ed. College admissions are stressful enough, don’t make it worse – Allison Slater Tate provides a healthy reminder to…

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