Financial Matters: Pre-College Legal & Financial Matters

There are a few legal and financial issues that should be addressed before your son or daughter goes off to college. If your child has turned or will turn 18 during the next year, she is legally an adult, and you, her parent, lose the legal authority to make decisions on her behalf. That means … Read More

Learn the steps to stand out in an interview!

I’m excited to feature an article from Mark Efinger. Mark Efinger has 25 years of experience teaching public speaking and is Founder and President of the Interview Skills Coaching Academy after working on both sides of the interview desk for over 40 years. This June, Mr. Efinger will be visiting Southern California and will … Read More

Financial Matters: College Choices & Return on Investment

There are so many moving parts to a student’s search for the ‘right’ college – location, academic options, student services, clubs and organizations, career preparations – but none of them matters if a family is unable to afford that wonderful education. Attending college is a privilege and one that costs a great deal of … Read More

Financial Matters: Comparing Financial Aid Packages

If you’ve applied for financial aid and filed all the paperwork by the appropriate deadline, an award letter outlining a college’s offer of financial assistance should arrive close on the heels of your notification of acceptance. Here’s a guide to understanding what that package really means. The bottom line in comparing financial aid packages … Read More

March Madness

March Madness, the annual men’s NCAA basketball tournament, tipped-off this week with an estimated 70 million brackets filled out. Over the next few weeks, about four billion dollars in workplace productivity will be lost. Madness, indeed. Even if you don’t have a connection to any of the schools, it’s still easy to get swept … Read More

Financial Matters: Free Money vs Loans

If you’re the parent of a high school senior and you’re thinking about how to pay for college without going broke, it’s a whole new, expensive world. In this world there are just two kinds of money: “Great money – or Free money” – and “Not-so-Great- money”.   Free Money Free money is a … Read More

Financial Matters: Tax Benefits for Education

Tax credits may be available to parents who pay higher education costs for their dependents. An education credit helps with the cost of higher education by reducing the amount of tax owed on your tax return. If the credit reduces your tax to less than zero, you may get a refund. There are two … Read More

Financial Matters: College Loans

As we have often said, paying for college is a significant challenge for many families. Once all types of grants, scholarships, work study options, jobs and family contributions are cumulatively considered, many families find they must borrow money to cover the remaining costs. Unlike the grants and scholarships, loans must be repaid — with … Read More

Maximizing Merit Aid

Although many middle-class and upper income families will not qualify for need based aid, they still may find the cost of attendance at most private colleges intimidating. Have you ever wondered what you can do to improve your chances of getting merit aid from a college? An intriguing study from the University of Rochester … Read More

The CSS Profile

The bulk of college financial aid money comes from the federal government; this aid is distributed by colleges using information supplied by families when they complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), available on October 1st. About 400 colleges, universities and scholarship programs, however, use an additional form, the CSS Profile, to … Read More

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