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How to Evaluate Your Student Financial Aid Options

Evaluating Your Student Financial Aid Award Letters

by Chuck Moore

Evaluating Your Student Financial Aid Award Letters Financial Aid Award Basics You thought the worst of the financial aid process was behind you. You swam through the alphabet soup of filling out your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and deciphering your SAR (Student Aid Report) to figure out your EFC (Expected Family Contribution). …

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Quick Tips for Choosing Your "Top Colleges"

Tips for Optimizing Your Top College List

by Eric Goodhart

Getting Ready to Apply for College? Tips for Optimizing Your “Top College” List College applications are expensive!  And it takes a lot of time to research, visit, and write essays for each school you’re interested in.  You’ll likely begin with 20 to 30 schools, but you need to funnel this down as you research and …

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Tips for High Schoolers Trying to Get Into College

Tips for College-Bound High Schoolers

by Tom Bottorf

Tips for College-Bound High Schoolers The Cure for Reducing College Prep Anxiety Preparing for College can be overwhelming. And not properly preparing for that next big step in life called “college” can return to haunt a student when they realize that it’s now too late to apply to the college they really wanted to attend …

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Quick Tips College Preparation Timeline and Tips for Juniors

College Preparation Timeline and Tips for Juniors

by Tom Bottorf

Quick College Preparation Timeline and Tips for Juniors Are you preparing to go to college after you graduate from High School? Can You Avoid the Most Common College Prep Mistake? Are you assuming you can put off your college preparation until your Senior Year is upon you? Well, you might want to think twice about …

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Ways to Get Other Forms of Financial Aid

Other Forms of Financial Aid

by Tom Bottorf

Beyond the FAFSA Non-Federal Student Financial Aid Most people who are planning on going to college, career school, technical school, trade school, or graduate school, will need some form of student financial aid to help them pay for tuition and other expenses. To get any sort of Federal Student Aid you must fill out the …

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Avoiding Common Mistakes on The FAFSA Form

Common Mistakes to Avoid on the FAFSA Form

by Tom Bottorf

Common Mistakes on the FAFSA Can Cost You Money All roads to federal financial aid begin with the same step: filling out the FAFSA. This Free Application for Federal Student Aid is what you will use whether you are seeking a federal loan, grant, or work-study fund. You would think that since so many people …

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ZERO-Debt College… Can It Be Done?

by Tom Bottorf

Let me begin by immediately cutting to the chase, and answering the question with an emphatic “YES”! Your child can indeed earn a college degree and graduate debt-FREE! Just in case you’ve not noticed, the world continues to change at an incredibly fast pace. And it’s not all for the good. A generation ago when …

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Understanding the FAFSA Form

by Lawrene Bottorf

Paying for college can be daunting. And in today’s economic climate most people require some form of financial aid. Maybe this is you. You’d like to apply for federal aid but you’re not sure where to begin. Get Started with the FAFSA Form Getting any sort of federal student financial aid begins with the FAFSA. …

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