The already complicated college process just became more challenging for families in the wake of COVID-19. Campus visits are cancelled, ACT test dates are postponed and more changes every day. How does a family conduct a search and choose a college in this new environment? College Inside Track is here to help and below is…

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happy about federal student loan rates dropping

  For some good news amidst the current pandemic, the federal direct student loan rates are falling to the lowest interest rates on record for families taking on federal student loans this year.   Undergraduate rates for the 2020-2021 school year will be 2.75%. This is a reduction of 1.78% as compared to the 2019-20…

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    In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the government has suspended all federal student loan payments through September 30, 2020. Here’s what you need to know:   No interest will accrue on your federal student loans through Sept. 30, 2020.   Your federal student loan balance doesn’t change unless you make payments, meaning…

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  3 ways to help your college student transition home – Like so many parents, CIT’s Cozy Wittman unexpectedly had her daughter back home after her campus closed due to COVID-19. Take a few minutes to read her advice on how to make that abrupt transition a success.     Federal student loan payments suspended…

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  Click here to download the College Inside Track Insider Tips Presentation   Here were additional resources shared: College Inside Track Facebook page where lots of timely updates and helpful info is posted College-related coronavirus resources for families (regularly updated) List of test-optional colleges and universities   Here are additional articles you may find helpful: 5 Myths…

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  Click here to access the COVID-19 related school counselor professional development slide show   Here were additional resources shared: College-related coronavirus resources for families (regularly updated) College Inside Track Facebook page where lots of timely updates and helpful info is posted List of test-optional colleges and universities Forbes 2019 college financial health grades

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  College savings cheat sheet – Financial aid guru Mark Kantrowitz shares some tremendous advice with Katie Couric on how parents can best approach the financial aspect of college. Among my favorites: Parents overestimate eligibility for merit aid, underestimate eligibility for need-based aid, and aren’t aware that most colleges meet financial need with loans, not…

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Need-to-know financial aid info – Mycollegeguide.org has a handy summary of everything your family needs to know about financial aid. Insightful questions for an admission officer  – It’s hard to make the decision of what college to attend. Use this helpful list of questions from Road2College to ask the admission office at each of the…

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