Financial Matters: Does Attending College Make Financial Sense?

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Media stories about the rising cost of a college education and student debt, combined with the lingering economic effects of the recession, have led many people to question whether it still makes financial sense to attend college. The answer is a resounding yes, according to research from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. … Read More

It’s Time to Complete Financial Aid Forms

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October 1st marks the first day that American families can apply for student financial aid for the 2018-19 academic year. Here’s what you need to know: • All US colleges require the submission of the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) if you are applying for need-based financial aid. You need to complete … Read More

Applying Early Decision

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Traditionally, college application deadlines were often in January. More recently, however, there has been a push for earlier applications, with admission programs that include Early Action, Early Action II, Early Decision I, Early Decision II and even a few Single Choice Early Action programs enticing applicants with the promise of earlier decisions and possibly … Read More

Writing Great College Essays

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Start early. The more time you have, the less stress you’ll feel. Even if your college list isn’t 100% finalized yet, it’s not too early to start thinking about your application essays. Your essays are important, but essays are only a piece of what admission officers will consider. Do the best job possible with … Read More

Paying Your College Bill

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A few months before your child starts college, you’ll receive a bill from the college for your child’s first semester (or quarter) of expenses. The college will deduct any financial aid or scholarships, and the bill will show the amount you – the parent – will need to pay before school starts. If you … Read More

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