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College financial aid expert Jodi Okun shares how to successfully file the FAFSA for college bound students

Navigating the FAFSA Maze: Your Essential Roadmap to Financial Aid Success

As the gateway to federal financial aid for college, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a crucial step for students and their families in securing funding for higher education. However, completing the FAFSA can often feel like navigating a maze, with complex forms and important deadlines to contend with. This year, in …

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College financial aid advisor Jodi Okun shares 4 tips to close the gap between financial aid offers and the actual cost of college

How to Close the Gap Between Financial Aid Offers and the Cost of College

This spring, as financial aid award letters arrive and college acceptance letters fill mailboxes, families are getting the full understanding at how much college will cost them personally. Colleges use your completed FAFSA to determine how much your family would be expected to contribute. From there, they are able to offer financial aid accordingly. Any …

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Tips for comparing financial aid offers between colleges shared by college financial aid advisor Jodi Okun

What to Keep in Mind When Comparing Financial Aid Offers from Your Top Colleges

As spring blooms around us, college acceptance letters and financial aid offers are beginning to arrive for students who didn’t apply for early admission at their colleges of choice. It’s such an exciting – and stressful – time as students make their final decisions about where to spend the next four years of their lives. …

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How to Decide Which College Campuses to Visit Before Applying in the Fall

How to Decide Which College Campuses to Visit Before Applying in the Fall

One of the most exciting parts of the college application process is actually deciding where to apply. There’s so many options! As spring break and summer vacation arrive, it can be a perfect time of year to schedule college visits. College visits are a great way to actually see which campuses might be a good …

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3 things to know about financial aid for high school juniors shared by Jodi Okun of College Financial Aid Advisors

3 Things to Know About Financial Aid for High School Juniors

Students of all ages know that attending school is about learning new things! College is a chance to focus on a specialized area of study. But, before you can begin this new adventure, there’s a lot to do. There’s an application process and forms you need to file to pay for your college education. Whether …

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Borrowing Smartly for College: What High School Juniors Need to Know - College Financial Aid Advisors

Borrowing Smartly for College: What High School Juniors Need to Know

How to Start Preparing for College Applications in the Fall High school juniors are now halfway through their junior year of high school. For 6 months, they’ve been balancing your scholastic, athletic, family and personal activities. Now, it’s time to start thinking about college admissions and financial aid. As of this moment, they have only …

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3 New Year’s Resolutions to Make College More Affordable for Your Family - College Financial Aid Advisors

3 New Year’s Resolutions to Make College More Affordable for Your Family

How to Save More Money for Your Student’s College Education Happy New Year! 2024 has arrived – and with it, the chance for resolutions that will help you improve your life, finances, and family’s well-being. One of the most common areas of financial stress for families is figuring out how to pay for college. Many …

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Updates to the 2024-2025 FAFSA Will Help Maximize Your Financial Aid - College Financial Aid Advisors

Updates to the 2024-2025 FAFSA Will Help Maximize Your Financial Aid

How the FAFSA is Making Financial Aid More Accessible to Families Nationwide In the last year and a half, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid – or FAFSA – has undergone major changes to make the application easier to complete for students nationwide. This is the first major update that the FAFSA has experienced …

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