Category: college funding

Financial Aid Award Analysis: Tips & Tricks

We create an “Award Analysis” spreadsheet for each of our first-time students once they start receiving financial aid award packages. I am sharing some of our best tips and tricks here so you can accomplish just that.

When Will I Receive My Financial Aid Award?

In January and February, most families have wrapped up the financial aid process and are eagerly awaiting their financial aid award letter.

Taxes & Financial Aid – How To Stay Organized

A few years ago, the whole financial aid system was changed to allow families to submit financial aid forms to colleges even earlier, and with their most updated filed taxes. Feeling better yet?

Assert Your Rights: Who is Eligible to Appeal?

One of the most exciting parts of my role as a financial aid advisor is to be able to help a deserving family apply for additional aid. Many of the families that I work with are not fully aware of the financial aid appeal process, and are often happy to learn of their eligibility.  There ...

Loan Series: Federal Student Loans and Repayment Plans

I am often asked about loan types, lenders, repayment plans, and even loan consolidation. I have written previous posts on the top lenders for this year, and loan consolidation, so today I wanted to talk a bit about a certain loan type and the repayment plans: Federal Student Loans.

FAFSA Series – FAFSA Codes: Why Are They Important?

Many people do not pay attention to these codes, or even know what they are. However, knowing college filing codes can be extremely important and could make all the difference between receiving a financial aid award package from a college, and receiving no awards at all.

The Financial Aid Year and Taxes: How Do I Keep it All Straight?

You are not alone if you’re confused by what financial aid paperwork to submit for the current ‘aid year’. The good news is, this system was set up to actually help families complete the financial aid process more efficiently. Feeling better yet?