Category Archives: Financial aid

Getting smart about award letters

At this time of year, your senior is probably anxiously awaiting award letters from the schools he or she applied to. While receiving an award letter is exciting, it’s important that to understand how to read and interpret these awards. … Continue reading

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Understanding your award letter

Soon you’ll be receiving award letters from your potential colleges. Make sure you review them carefully and understand the financial aid that’s being offered and what your final costs will be. It may be helpful to use an online comparison … Continue reading

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Ready, Set, Submit: Get your FAFSA in Fast

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is one of the most important documents you’ll fill out as you begin your college journey. But just because it’s important doesn’t mean it should be intimidating or difficult. Here are some … Continue reading

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FAFSA Essentials: What Every Student Needs to Know

For Seniors preparing to apply for federal financial aid or Juniors just beginning their college search, the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is one form nearly every college bound student will encounter. Completing the application may require tracking … Continue reading

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Planning ahead for financial aid

Picture yourself moving to college next fall: unpacking, organizing your dorm, meeting your roommate, learning your way around campus. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to focus on these things because you already know how you will cover your … Continue reading

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When Federal Aid Isn’t Enough

You’ve filled out your FAFSA, you’re getting close to making your college decision and your financial aid award letter comes in the mail, typically around mid-April. You’re excited because this is one extra piece to help you make a decision.  … Continue reading

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Comparing college award letters

At this time of year, you seniors are probably anxiously awaiting award letters from the schools you applied to. While receiving an award letter is exciting, it’s important that you understand how to read and interpret your awards. Your award … Continue reading

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5 things you should know about financial aid

February is Financial Aid Awareness month, and in that spirit, I’m going to share the top five things I think every student should understand about financial aid. Are you ready? Let’s get started! Not all financial aid is need-based. This is the … Continue reading

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FAFSA help

If you are planning to attend college in the fall and you haven’t done so already, you will want to complete and submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application by March 2, 2014. How can you meet … Continue reading

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Completing the FAFSA

If you’re planning to use financial aid for college next year, the FAFSA is the place to begin.  The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is your gateway to receive all kinds of federal and state financial aid. Complete … Continue reading

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