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5 Topics for Your Family’s College Money Talk

Help Your Student Make an Educated Decision About How to Fund College For many families, the joy of college applications and future dreams is starting to form as your students fill out applications, complete college visits, and make lists for next year. Despite all of the joy, it’s not uncommon to feel anxiety or worry …

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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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What You Need to Know to File the CSS Profile This Fall

The fall is a wonderful and busy time of year – especially if you’re a student applying for college. All of a sudden, your calendar is filled with deadlines for school applications and financial aid applications. Almost all families will be completing the FAFSA this winter. Some families may also need to complete the CSS …

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Demystifying Financial Aid: Key Terms Every High School Senior Should Know

For many high school seniors, the reality about balancing school, life, and even work may be settling in as the first month of classes finishes up. Work, school, and a social life are all important uses of their time – especially during their “last” year of school. But, for many of these students, they’re about …

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Everything You Need to Complete Your 2024-2025 FAFSA

The FAFSA is coming. For the 2024-2025 application cycle, the FAFSA will be released in December. If you’re attending college in the fall of 2024, then you’ll likely need to complete the FAFSA this winter. Be sure to review your college’s website to make sure you don’t have any other components to file. Sometimes schools …

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Federal Tax Information: What It Is and What You Need to Know

One of the biggest changes with the 2024-2025 FAFSA is how Federal Tax Information (FTI) is gathered during the application process. FTI is any tax return or return information received from the Internal Revenue Service and is important for determining income, eligibility, income-driven repayment plan options, and more through the FAFSA process. Starting this year, …

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Summer is the Best Time to Find Scholarships for College

Scholarships are one of the best ways to have extra cash for college. But they’re often one of the last things that rising high school seniors think about or work on during their college application process. While some scholarships are included in your financial aid packages, there’s many more out there that you need to …

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Start Your Search for Scholarships for College Today

The best words that any college student can hear are that they got a scholarship. Scholarships are worth their weight in gold for students. They’re someone else’s money and you don’t have to pay them back.  College scholarships are a wonderful supplement to federal, state and institutional financial aid that you may receive. Scholarships exist …

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Researching Student Loan Options Can Save You Thousands of Dollars

Let’s be honest: in the summertime, no one wants to be reading up about interest rates or student loan options. But as parents of college students, we also all know that time flies by quickly. Pushing off research on loan options may seem like the best option while relaxing by the pool, but come the …

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Why Students Should Continue to Search for Scholarships After Junior Year

Most parents know that their students should look for scholarships during their junior and senior year of high school. But, what many don’t realize is that scholarship searches should continue beyond that. Looking for additional forms of “free” money can help ease the financial burden of a college education. Although some scholarships are part of …

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