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Differences Between MyTuitionScore and the Scorecard

Differences Between MyTuitionScore and the Scorecard
You may have already heard of the government’s updated “College Scorecard.” This Scorecard compiles data from two-year and four-year schools nationally so that you may compare colleges’ annual cost, graduation rates, and average salary for students post-graduation. Also, the Scorecard site will calculate your family’s eligibility [...]

Free Money vs. Loans: Am I Being Tricked?

Free Money vs. Loans: Am I Being Tricked?
On a frigid winter day with streets covered in snow and slush, a career as an auto mechanic might not sound appealing. Of course given the specific skill set needed to be an auto mechanic, this career may not appeal to many people even on a 95 degree island. One advantage however to being a mechanic is an advanced knowledge of cars, a subject [...]

Mastering the Format of the SAT

Mastering the Format of the SAT
The following words when spoken by a teacher are simply dreadful to the ears of the stereotypical slow test taker: “5, 4, 3, 2, 1, pencils down class!” Individuals like yours truly understand the agony that comes from having several blank questions and zero time left during a standardized test. Especially when it comes to the SAT, time is of [...]

Why The College Application Essay Matters

Why The College Application Essay Matters
Many young adults in 2014 do not have a strong sense of history and thus cannot appreciate 60’s/70’s Classic Rock bands like The Who. Arguing about the merits of music during a golden g-g-g-g-generation is certainly not what this article is about but one song from The Who, not the song subtly referenced earlier in this sentence, ties directly [...]

The College Process: Why so Challenging?

The College Process: Why so Challenging?
The following is a fictional conversation between a mother and her junior in high school daughter, but it may seem awfully familiar. Mother: Alright kiddo, it’s time to start discussing college so we can figure out how we are going to pay for your education. Student: But I’m not sure what I want to do or where I want to go, how am I supposed [...]

Finding the Best Resource for Financial Aid Planning

Finding the Best Resource for Financial Aid Planning
Within our business, we constantly hear concerns from families about their struggles to fund the cost of college. Unfortunately, given the yearly increases to these brutal college prices, this difficulty will not soon go away. As in any difficult situation however, parents can ease their burden by understanding the value that comes from seeki [...]

Include Renter’s Insurance In Your Plans

Include Renter’s Insurance In Your Plans
In life, perhaps only one time period represents a feeling of near invincibility. This grand time is known as college but perception is often not reality. While it is easier to bounce back from a lack of sleep or a big, greasy meal as a young adult than as an adult, college students are far from invincible. Just like adults need Car, Homeowne [...]

Five Admission Application Tips

Five Admission Application Tips
By fall of senior year for high school students, the bulk of the work has been completed. Stressful standardized testing continues for some but the picture presented to the college has all but been set in stone. However, the last step of the process of gaining acceptance to college is arguably as critical or more critical than the rest: Physi [...]

The Cost of Travel for Students & Parents

The Cost of Travel for Students & Parents
For the Roberts family, the big day has finally arrived: Ralphie Roberts is moving into his dorm room! Ronald, Regina and little sister Rachel are feeling bittersweet about the experience. On one hand, they will miss Ralphie tremendously but on the other, they are thrilled that he is about to begin a new, crucial chapter in his life. After th [...]

Dorm Room Necessities, Amenities & Style Items

Dorm Room Necessities, Amenities & Style Items
Some adults take a great deal of pride in our ability to decorate and setup our homes. Developing a style, sticking to a theme and making the home feel right are all very important to many families. In this same way, college students want to feel comfortable and excited about their dorm rooms and require the same necessities that adults need [...]

Making the Correct College Decision, 3 Biggest Factors

Making the Correct College Decision, 3 Biggest Factors
High school guidance counselors provide an invaluable service to students across America. These talented individuals help students chose an appropriate schedule, learn how to mature enough to attend college, juggle modern-day personal issues and collect college applications to send out to sometimes 10-20 colleges. This is just a summary of wh [...]

Financial Aid: Going All In

Financial Aid: Going All In
In today’s world of distractions, parents have the dubious task of trying to focus young people with heads in smart phones, iPad’s and whatever else just came out yesterday. As new technologies evolve, the challenge becomes greater but ultimately it is parents that need to instill character-building qualities in their children. One important [...]

Student Borrowing Increases Among Affluent

Student Borrowing Increases Among Affluent
This story was written by By Janet Lorin and originally published on Bloomberg.com. Students from affluent families are taking out loans for college at twice the rate of two decades ago, the fasting-growing borrower’s group. Fifty percent of graduates in the class of 2012 whose parents had incomes of more than $125,700 left college with loans [...]

Borrowing for School: Understanding Federal Loans

Borrowing for School: Understanding Federal Loans
In the world of borrowing for college, we finally have some good news for families: The percentage of money borrowed to pay for college, as opposed to the amount of money paid out of pocket, has decreased by five percent! Here is an “exciting” snippet from the Wall Street Journal citing information from this year’s study by Sallie Mae and Ips [...]