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Why You Should Start the College Prep Process ASAP

Posted by Allison Wignall

Dec 28, 2016 2:06:22 PM

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There is a common myth floating around that serious college prep starts junior or even senior year—but this is a dangerous mindset that could make you late to the game. In truth, there’s no year “too early” to start preparing for a college education, and we’re here to prove that!

Crunch Time

One of the biggest benefits of starting the prep process early is that you don’t leave everything to the last minute. It can be a major pain to scramble around researching different colleges, compiling applications, writing essays, filing financial aid forms, studying for the ACT or SAT/PSAT (not to mention taking them), and keeping up with regular schoolwork while application deadlines approach.

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Topics: college application, financial aid, scholarships, college visits,, college application essay, PSAT, sat, ACT, College Essay


College Costs: Sticker Price vs. Net Price

Posted by Allison Wignall

Dec 1, 2016 1:22:02 PM

When looking at potential colleges, families often look first to the price-tag associated with the institution—and it makes sense, considering tuition prices have gone up in the last few decades. Some students don’t bother applying to colleges that are “out of their price range,” because even if they got in, they wouldn’t be able to pay for it ... right?

Sticker vs. Net Price

People oftentimes look at what’s called the sticker price, or the published price, of attending a college. The sticker price can frighten off potential students with its high amount. For example, Stanford’s published annual sticker price (as of 2016) is nearly $65,000. That number alone would cause many great students to cross Stanford off of their college list. But hold on, because there’s another, more important price to consider—net price.

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Topics: financial aid, scholarships, college costs, tuition


11 Things You Need to Know About the FAFSA

Posted by Karen Nichols

Jan 8, 2015 1:54:00 PM

Has your high school senior filed for college financial aid?

The time for high school seniors to apply for college financial aid is now, if you haven't done so already. Most students will receive at least some financial aid — either need- or merit-based — so it’s to your benefit to apply, even if you don’t think you qualify.

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Topics: college tuition, student loans, financial aid, work study, scholarships, grants


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