Some of the Most Generous Colleges

Now that the heavy-lifting is done on college applications and the students have had a bit of a break from sharing their innermost thoughts in college essays, it’s time to gear up and start searching for ways to pay for their dreams. One of the biggest college admissions misconceptions that parents enjoy discovering is … Read More

Financial Matters: Trends in Student Loans

You’ve probably seen the headlines suggesting that debt for college students is out of control and getting worse. But, is it really? New data from the research arm of the College Board provide some answers. Since 1983, the College Board has analyzed data gathered from both the U.S. Department of Education and colleges to … Read More

Financial Matters: Keeping College Application Costs In Check

Applying to college can be a costly proposition. According to U.S. News and World Reports, the average college application fee charged by colleges is $42, with more than a quarter of schools charging $50 or more. Add in the cost of standardized test score reports and, at some high schools, fees for transcript requests, … Read More

Legal and Financial Issues Before College

If your child has turned or will turn 18 before college begins, she is legally an adult, and you, her parent, lose the legal authority to make decisions on her behalf. That means that you have no legal right to see her grades, manage her finances (although you remain responsible for paying her college … Read More

Paying Your College Bill

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

Appealing For More Financial Aid

If your first choice college offers everything you want but the price tag is making you waiver, don’t give up hope. Instead, consider appealing to the college’s financial aid office for more money. While colleges and universities won’t encourage it, you are within bounds. Individual financial aid officers are empowered to make adjustments if … Read More

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