Category: financial aid

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 ...

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.

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FAFSA Series: Does College Order Matter?

When students complete a FAFSA, they are required to name and submit their form to at least one college. This may seem obvious, but so many students struggle with knowing where they will apply, especially right at the time when the FAFSA becomes available (October 1st, in case you were still wondering). In a desperate ...

FAFSA Series: The FAFSA & Income – What You Don’t Know Can Cost You!

A family’s income plays a large part in the financial aid process, and most importantly, when determining a student’s EFC (Expected Family Contribution). For most colleges and universities, this is first determined by submitting a FAFSA with your latest taxes and incomes.