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Financial Aid & College Timeline

The financial aid process is often considered overwhelming. And while that may be the case, starting early and staying on top of the process of planning for college is essential to your future success. We can’t remind students enough, when preparing for college, the importance of applying early and applying often for financial aid opportunities. Much of that funding is already distributed by the end of your senior year, and college-based awards are often given on a first-come, first-served basis. You don’t want to find out too late in the process that you won’t be able to attend your top school because you missed a financial aid deadline and as a result won’t be able to afford that long-anticipated freshman year. So, whether you’re a student or a parent, the following timelines will keep you on track and in the know throughout high school.

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More Political Awareness and Activism on College Campuses Than in Last 50 Years

February 11, 2016

by Susan Dutca

A new study reports that 2015/2016 college freshman embody an all-time high predisposition for civil engagement in the study's 50-year history. According to Mikhail Zinshteyn, political and social crime-fighting students hope to be the new brigade of community leaders and activists this year. According to the Higher Education Research Institute, who surveyed 114,189 first-year [...]

Student Federal Aid to Blame for Increasing Tuition Costs?

February 9, 2016

by Susan Dutca

Some 200 years ago, attending Harvard may have cost roughly $600.50 a year ($8,371 if you adjust for inflation) in comparison to today's cost of attendance of up to $69,600, according to Greg Daugherty. College Board reports the average cost of tuition and fees for the 2015-2016 school year was $32,405 at private colleges, $9,410 for state residents at public colleges, and $23,893 for [...]

February is Financial Aid Awareness Month

February 4, 2016

by Susan Dutca

What makes February so lovely? It is Financial Aid Awareness Month, and since filling out the FAFSA is stressful - much like taxes - several higher education institutions and financial aid organizations have jumped on board to provide informational sessions for families and students as they navigate through, and apply for financial aid through the 2016-2017 FAFSA. According to the National Center [...]

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