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Our favorite last minute money lessons for your college freshman before leaving for school shared by financial aid advisor Jodi Okun

Last Minute Money Talks Before Sending Your Student Off to College

As graduation gets closer, parents are wondering if they’ve done everything they can to prepare their children to be out in the world on their own, at college. I always encourage my CFAA Families to talk frankly about money, budgeting, and smart borrowing throughout the application process. But as the graduation date arrives quickly, I …

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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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How to finish preparing for college attendance: tips to help your student pay for college from financial aid advisor Jodi Okun

How to Finish Preparing for College Attendance: Tips to Help Pay for School

For many families of high school seniors, the college acceptance process can feel tiring – and long. It’s not surprising! The process begins before senior year even starts, with college visits and lists being made. Next, it’s filing the actual application and FAFSA (which has been its own experience this year!), and then finally in …

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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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What to Consider When Choosing Your College by National College Decision Day - College Financial Aid Advisors

What to Consider When Choosing Your College by National College Decision Day

College Decision Day is May 1st – and believe it or not, this exciting day will be here before you know it! While some students who applied for early acceptance are sitting back, comfortable in the knowledge of where they’re going for their college journey, other students may not be. Whether you’re just unsure about …

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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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Tips to Complete a Non-Custodial CSS Profile as a Divorced Parent

Divorced or Separated Parents Must File a Non-Custodial CSS Profile for Financial Aid This fall, if you’re the parent of a rising senior or college age student, you may find yourself filing forms like the FAFSA and completing a CSS Profile. Part of the financial aid process is gathering information about the parent or guardian’s …

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How the CSS Profile Can Help Your Student Find More Money for College

While the focus of financial aid applications is often the FAFSA, it’s important to understand that some schools require students complete the CSS Profile to receive non-federal financial aid. In fact, 400+ colleges and scholarship programs use the CSS Profile. Your student should confirm whether or not they need to file the CSS Profile and …

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Your Guide to Filing the 2024-2025 FAFSA

Fall can be a challenging time for high school seniors with college applications, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (otherwise known as FAFSA), and searching for scholarships. The 2024-2025 FAFSA will come online in December, which will condense this year’s application cycle, so it’s important to be on top of getting this task off …

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