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An HONEST Note From Father to Son

by Lawrene Bottorf

We HEART the dads and moms who are bold enough to have conversations like this with their high achieving students. For a bit of context, the letter below was written by an executive at a well known media company to his son. He gets it!!!! Way to Go!!! ************************************** Hey Son, I wanted to write …

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My Interview with Rachel Cruze

by Tom Bottorf

I was privileged to have some time with Rachel Cruze, nationally recognized author and speaker. You’ve likely heard her dad, Dave Ramsey, on the radio talking about getting out of debt and STAYING out of debt. Rachel’s passion is working with young adults and guiding them down the path of debt-free living, including graduating from …

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9 TRAPS to Avoid When Hiring a College Planner

by Lawrene Bottorf

Most high schools are not equipped with the personnel to do this, and most parents have no idea where to start, or if their child will be successful at a certain college, or at all in academic higher ed.  But just as every child is different…the counselor who helped your neighbor may not be right …

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Quick Tips for Choosing Your "Top Colleges"

What Is The BIG Deal About Student Loans?

by Lawrene Bottorf

Amazing the way we, as thinking people, are manipulated by the media. Where is the outrage at food and product inflation, gas prices, and joblessness…??? Instead, the media fabricates crises, and we, like sheep, fall for it. For the issue of student debt, the issue really SHOULD be: Why is the government (who is not …

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Testimony from a Debt-Free Graduate

by Julia Mestas

I am blessed that I graduated college debt-FREE. In fact, I graduated with money in the bank! I am not the norm, I realize this. I’m in the minority because of smart decisions and painful sacrifices I made (with the help of my parents) along the way. Parents play a HUGE role in the college …

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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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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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