Financial Aid News

Financial Aid News

March 24, 2018
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Financial Aid – The Elephant in the Room

A significant topic of discussion is, and should be, financial aid. You would be surprised how many students and parents hesitate at that, maybe too proud, not wanting to deal with the realities, or the desire to go to a particular school is so great that dollars aren’t even discussed, until late in the game.
January 6, 2018
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11 Misconceptions About Paying for College

This Washington Post article on financial aid and the misunderstandings that many families have is intensely time appropriate as many students begin to receive their financial aid award letters, make the decision on which college they are going to attend this Fall and how they are going to pay for it.
December 22, 2017
I Got Accepted to My #1 School

I Got Accepted to My #1 School. Can I Afford it?

Worried about if you can afford college? Putting the pieces of the puzzle together, pro-actively and with careful planning, is paramount to performing your college search.
October 3, 2017
FAFSA: What Tax Year is this Years FAFSA Based On

FAFSA: What Tax Year is this Years FAFSA Based On?

This one is terrifying to me. One of my families just relayed onto me that their students guidance counselor told them that this years FAFSA, 2018-2019, is based on their 2015 tax return. NO, NO, NO and NO!!!!
August 21, 2017
four-year “degree, may actually be a 5 or 6 year degree

Four-Year College Degree, May Actually Be a 5 or 6 Year Degree

$43,234 X 4 = $172,936, that’s how much Suzy’s college education will cost for her to graduate from a four-year school. Think again!
December 12, 2016
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College Financial Aid Forms: Are they REALLY Complete?

College Financial Aid Forms: Are they REALLY Complete?
November 29, 2016
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Federal Direct Student Loans: How Much Can I Receive?

What is a Federal Direct Student Loan […]
October 3, 2016

College Admissions Consultant

After completing my certificate in College Admissions Counseling through UCLA, I began my practice, Signature College Counseling. I am a Professional Member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA), have guided over 200 families, and fully enveloped as a college admissions consultant, bringing students and colleges together.
April 23, 2016
NYS College Loan Forgiveness Program

NYS College Loan Forgiveness Program

NYS College Loan Forgiveness Program I receive […]
January 20, 2016
Private Scholarships

Private Scholarships

Private Scholarships I am asked the question […]
December 10, 2015
Financial Aid Fact

Financial Aid Fact and Fiction

Financial Aid Fact and Fiction MYTH: The […]
November 16, 2015
Student Loans

Student Loan Debt: What to Earn to Pay it Back

Student Loan Debt: What to Earn to […]
October 22, 2015
College Consultant FAFSA Mistakes

FAFSA Form Top 10 Mistakes

FAFSA Form Top 10 Mistakes Made While […]
October 19, 2015
FAFSA

FAFSA Mistakes You Can Avoid, Which Can Save You Tens of Thousands of Dollars

FAFSA Mistakes You Can Avoid, Which Can […]
August 4, 2015

How Colleges Differ in How They View and Award Financial Aid

How Colleges Differ in How They View […]
July 17, 2015
Financial Aid Counseling

Federal Financial Aid for College and How it’s Calculated

Federal Financial Aid for College and How […]
May 4, 2015

How Teens Can Become Millionaires, by Dave Ramsey

How Teens Can Become Millionaires, by Dave […]
April 20, 2015
Transfer 529 Plan to another child

Transfer 529 Plan to Another Child

Did you know that if you don't use all of the funds in one of your children's 529 accounts, you can transfer the remaining funds over to another one of your children, with no penalty nor tax implications, as long as it is used for qualifying higher education expenses?
March 24, 2015

Financial Aid Fine Print

Here is an article from the Chronicle of Higher Education that speaks to the differing views colleges have on how they define a families need and what moneys they are willing and able to give to meet that need.
March 24, 2015
Get Financial Aid for College

Students Who Apply Early get Twice the Money

Next fall’s crop of college students can start applying for federal financial aid Jan. 1. And if they jump right on it, they have a greater chance of getting significantly more money.