Category: financial aid

The Financial Aid Timeline

If you are tackling the college financial aid process for the first time (or even second or third), and just don’t know where to begin, look no further!

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.

Navigating the Financial Aid Office: Myths and Musts

A pattern I have noticed from families over the past several years is an overall fear of the financial aid process.

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?

SAT/ACT Essay – Should I Take It?

When preparing for college, almost everyone knows the importance of studying for, taking, and scoring well on the ACT or SAT. However, the optional writing section or essays remain a mystery for many. Is it required? Why does it matter? Should I take it?

FAFSA Series – FAFSA School Codes: Why They Are Important

If a college requires the FAFSA as part of their financial aid process, then they have a unique 6-digit FAFSA filing-code. 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 ...