Cozy Wittman on Wicked Pissah Podcast: College Planning

College Planning with Cozy Wittman: Wicked Pissah Podcast, Episode 191 In this episode, Brad Wright and Jeff Tomaneng are joined by Cozy Wittman. Cozy is an education and partnership leader at College Inside Track. Cozy speaks nationally about college search, educating families and training financial advisors and other professionals who work with families with high…

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College Planning Changes for Grandparents

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  Contributing to college has become more attractive for grandparents after a number of 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…

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Insider Tips for the week of March 16, 2024

Expert tips on getting the most scholarships – Suzy Fallon from College Inside Track shares the secret sauce for how families can maximize scholarship dollars. Key takeaway: Each college has its own financial aid philosophy and you want to find those that match with your student’s profile. Take a few minutes to read this valuable…

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Major changes to the college process in 2024

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  This past year has resulted in some of the most significant changes to the college planning process in decades. Admission trends have changed how colleges admit students, there are substantial changes to the FAFSA and college financial aid that may make college more expensive for middle class and affluent families,  but also provide attractive…

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FAFSA delays cause anxiety for students and parents

Chris Wills College Inside Track WCCO TV

College Inside Track was featured on WCCO TV discussing the announcement that student FAFSA information will not be sent to colleges until mid-March. In the WCCO interview, CIT’s Chris Wills explained a move to make the FAFSA better this year led to a major error that could have cost students more. Correcting that error is…

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FAFSA forms delayed, here’s how it could impact students

Chris Wills from College Inside Track on KARE 11

College Inside Track was featured on KARE 11 TV discussing the announcement that student FAFSA information will not be sent to colleges until mid-March. In the KARE 11 interview, CIT’s Chris Wills explained the Department of Education decided to fix an error in its system, which he says is good for students and families because…

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Insider Tips for the week of February 3, 2024

Insider tips for building the college list (part two) – The College Inside Track Consulting Team  for effectively building a strong college application list. FAFSA mistake fixed but data further delayed – The huge mistake on the new, redesigned FAFSA will be fixed, but colleges won’t receive any student FAFSA information until sometime in March, further delaying a process that…

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FAFSA mistake will be fixed but data further delayed

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  The huge mistake on the new, redesigned FAFSA will be fixed, according to the Department of Education, but colleges won’t receive any student FAFSA information until sometime in March. The new FAFSA that launched at the end of 2023 has a calculation error that would have resulted in most families qualifying for less financial…

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Insider Tips for the week of January 6, 2024

New FAFSA live – The overhauled FAFSA form for students attending college in Fall 2024 is now live, although this is during a “soft launch” period where the website may intermittently be down for updates. Check out our article to learn more. College admission is about celebration – Rick Clark encourages students to celebrate the applications they’ve submitted and all…

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New FAFSA live

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  The updated FAFSA form for students attending college in Fall 2024 is now live, although this is during a “soft launch” period where the website may intermittently be down for updates. If families submit the form during this time, their information will be saved and provided to colleges in late January. If the new…

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