Should I attend the college fair at my high school? I get this question frequently. To find out the answer, watch this Tuesday Talks With Liz and see how this can be beneficial, if done properly.
Will applying early decision help my chances to get into my school of choice? Watch this Tuesday Talks with Liz and learn about the risk vs. the reward and how the landscape is becoming even more competitive as each admissions year passes.
Why can it be important to visit colleges during your college admissions journey? Besides the obvious reason of seeing if it is a good fit, there’s something called “Demonstrated Interest” which can play an important role and a difference in getting an acceptance vs. being declined.
Understanding your bottom line, your out of pocket costs, when it comes to paying for your child’s college education, is paramount. Only compare the merit and financial aid funds you receive as it relates to each school’s cost of attendance and your bottom line. Watch this video to ensure you understand the importance and the difference between the two.
Acceptances are rolling in, it’s time to make the decision on where to attend this Fall and you need to figure out how to finance your child’s college education. Watch this video to better understand the Federal Direct Student Loans as well as the Parent Plus Loan. No matter how you choose to do, Federal or private loans to fund your child’s education, be sure you understand the rules and boundaries and what it means for you down the road.
Make sure you compare each schools’ net cost to you BEFORE you make your final decision. You’ve gotten many acceptances and are thrilled, and you should be. But now comes the time to get real and compare each schools’ net cost to you.
Although this is a video from a sitcom where a family receives their financial aid award letter, reflecting their “happiness” about being broke, we all know this isn’t a joke in real life. Always remember the 3 legs to financing your child’s college education stool: At the beginning of your college search, define your financial boundaries, know your financial aid picture and understand the generosity of the colleges you are applying to.
Making plans to visit some colleges? Watch this video to be sure you plan and prepare for your visit to get the most out of it and you don’t leave without having all of the information you need to help make a decision on whether you would like to apply, or not.
The third leg to the stool in financing your child’s college education is understanding a colleges generosity, and relating it your financial boundaries and financial aid picture. Watch this Tuesday Talks With Liz to touch the surface on pulling together this ever important picture in paying for college.
The previous Tuesday Talks With Liz spoke to defining your financial boundaries as the 1st leg to the 3 legged stool. This Tuesday Talks With Liz defines the second leg, understanding your financial aid picture. Watch this to fully understand why this leg of the stool is critically important to financing your child’s college education. Dismissing it can send you down a dangerous road.
Wondering how you approach financing your college years and how to make it work for you? Watch this to begin to understand this critical piece of the process that needs to be addressed at the beginning of your journey, NOT the end!
Are you a junior in high school? Have you started your college search yet? Understand the importance of beginning that college search now, actually, yesterday. There’s no time like the present.
You’re only going to spend an hour or 2, the most, when you visit a college campus, so making the most of that visit is paramount. Find out what to look for.
Rushing through to complete your college applications to ensure you make those deadlines? Settling for what you feel is “good enough”?
What is the Excelsior Scholarship and how can it benefit me? Live in NY State and wondering what this Excelsior Scholarship is all about, if you qualify and what’s the catch?
Many families have high expectations to receive an athletic scholarship when they have a child who is an athlete in high school who wants to participate in their sport in college.
The early bird has the best opportunity to get the worm. This phrase is the foundation of what I stand for and how I work with my students. Submitting your applications early provides a load off of your shoulders but then you need to wait, and wait, and wait, for many of the colleges to respond, which can be agonizing.
All of your college applications are submitted…What a relief…Want to know when you will hear on whether you’re accepted?
Want to know how to figure out which tax year your financial aid forms are based off of?
So you submitted all of your applications and you feel relieved. Not quite yet!
Why is my Guidance Counselor asking me to complete this questionnaire about me? Completing this packet can be critical for valuable insight to those teachers and your Guidance Counselor who are writing your letters of recommendation.
Student Resume and Why It Is Important: Why put together a student resume for your college applications?
Reach, Target, Safety schools – What does this mean and how many of each should I apply to? Watch this Tuesday Talks With Liz and find out what these categorizations mean and what is the rule of thumb on how many to apply to.
How many schools should a student apply to? Find out the questions you need to ask yourself to get the answer.
Wishing you could have done more throughout your college admissions journey? Be sure that you have no regrets when you head off to college.
Warning! Are you depending on your friends to advise you on yours or your child’s college admissions journey? Think again. Watch this weeks Tuesday Talks With Liz and know why you should tune out all of that “noise” you hear that can send you in the wrong direction and down a path that can be devastating.
Thinking about being a Division I or II athlete in college? Watch this Tuesday Talks With Liz and find out what your first step needs to be.
College Application Supplemental Essays and Their Importance. So, some colleges on your list have essays that you need to write that are specific to that school. You may think that these essays aren’t that important but think again….Watch this Tuesday Talks With Liz and gain insight to your supplemental essays and how they play into your college admissions journey.
Thinking about who you should ask to write your letters of recommendation for your college applications? Watch this Tuesday Talks With Liz and know that it’s quality, not quantity.
So, you want to be an athlete in college and are unsure where to begin. Watch this Tuesday Talks With Liz and learn the 3 words that are mandatory for you to demonstrate when going through the athletic recruiting process.
Waiting for the Common App to become available to begin working on it? Watch this Tuesday Talks with Liz to get started on this now.
Saved money for your children’s college education and did so with a 529 account? How does this affect your Expected Family Contribution? See how these funds are viewed.
So, you receive your financial aid award letter and are confused about what monies you are actually receiving to pay for your child’s college education. Be sure you understand everything that it states since it can be deceiving in funds you don’t have to pay back and those that you do. Watch this video to gain insight on what is beneficial and what may not be beneficial to your bottom line.
Can you receive merit and need based aid and how much will a college give? Gain a greater understanding of this process and how it can vary from school to school.
Don’t ever judge a college by its sticker price! Watch this weeks Tuesday Talks with Liz and go with her down the path of the Adam’s family and how the sticker price of 4 colleges may differ from their bottom line, net cost. Note: This video is a bit over 5 minutes in length but well worth your while.
Can you get more money from a college after receiving your financial aid award letter? Watch this video to understand your options.
If you are in a blended household, how does the Step Parents information get considered in the student’s Expected Family Contribution calculation and will it help or hinder the final outcome? Watch this video to gain insight on the importance of the step parents information and how it can affect your bottom line.
What does it mean when a college reads a students application “Need Blind” vs. “Need Aware”? Watch this to see how your financial profile can help or hinder your chances of acceptance.
There are approximately 300 colleges in the US that require a family to complete the CSS Profile to evaluate institutional aid. Watch this video to find out what factors are considered when completing the CSS Profile in evaluating the student’s financial need and what funds they will be awarded.
Thinking about taking a Parent PLUS loan through the Federal government to help pay for your child’s college education? Watch this video to better understand what that means and how it can affect you for decades to come.
How much can a Federal Direct Student Loan help in paying for college, whose loan is it and when do I need to begin paying it back? Get the details on how it all works.
Who completes the FAFSA when parents don’t live together? This critical information could mean the difference of thousands of dollars in financial aid if you choose the wrong path.
Wondering how your untaxed income will affect your financial aid?
Understanding your assets and what to and what not to report is critical to your bottom line and could cost you tens of thousands of dollars. Understand the devastation this can cause if not reported properly.
Ever want to know how your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is calculated? Gain insight into this complex calculation.
So how is your Expected Family Contribution calculated? Understand the 2 methodologies used for this calculation, kicking off your financial aid journey.
So you’ve received your award letter and “Work Study” is listed as a line item to fund your education.
Understand how “financial need” is defined and how this number relates to what you can receive from a college. Remember, all colleges are not created equal.
If you learn nothing else about the financial aid process, know what “EFC” stands for and what it means to your financial aid picture.
Understanding the fundamentals of anything is essential and financial aid is no different. What is COA, the Cost of Attendance?
How do you make the final decision on where you will attend college? Watch this Tuesday Talks with Liz and catch a glimpse into understanding how it all fits together if you do your due diligence.