It may be too late for parents of high school sophomores and juniors to dramatically increase their savings for colleges but it’s not too late to pay significantly less to send their kids to college. The reason is that few people pay the actual sticker price for college. However, parents with little to no financial need can find themselves coming close to paying the full price depending on the college. + Read More
For real. There are 213 college where the average institutional grant is over $20,000. So what’s the catch? There are only 119 schools where 80% or more of freshman receive institutional grants. Surprisingly enough, there are only 33 schools where 50% or fewer of freshman receive an institutional grant of $20,000 or more.
If at least 80% of freshman are receiving institutional grants at 119 schools, wouldn’t they be worth looking into if you’re interested in cutting the cost of college? If you did, you would learn the following: + Read More
I’ve talked about colleges most likely to provide merit aid before. In this post I’m going to focus just on 50-50 schools and consider all financial indicators. For example, in previous lists I didn’t take into consideration PLUS loans. I also limited schools by test scores which I don’t do in this list. + Read More
D2 is the smallest NCAA division in softball with 289 programs*. However, in 19 states there are more D2 programs than D1 and D2 programs outnumber D3 programs in 22 states. Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and California have the most D2 softball programs and there are 13 states with 10 or more D2 schools. + Read More
Assume you are buying a car. All other factors are equal. Do you pick the one that costs $15,000 or $30,000? Seems like a no-brainer–go with the cheaper one.
Okay, assume all other factors are equal. Do you pick the red one or the blue one? Now it depends on what colors you happen to like. + Read More
Check out the latest episode of the College Prep Podcast. I had a great time as a guest on the College Prep Podcast with Megan and Gretchen discussing what parents need to know about scholarships. We also covered baseball scholarships, graduation rates, and college rankings. Be sure to look at some of their previous episodes. The one on SAT cheating may make you change your approach to test taking. For those who prefer their information via audio, be sure to subscribe to their podcasts.
What does it mean if a college or university has a relatively high percentage of international students? Does it indicate better tuition deals for foreign students either in terms of financial aid or lower out-of-state tuition? Or does it mean that the school is better at recruiting international students for full pay students? + Read More
If you’re looking to play college athletics, you can’t help but hear about verbal commitments. And if you’re pursuing an athletic scholarship, chances are that you’ll be making a verbal commitment yourself. Plenty of powerhouse schools expect athletes to verbally commit long before National signing day. So the sooner you can make a verbal commitment, the better–right? The question is better for whom? + Read More
If you want to get any financial aid, you need to submit college financial aid applications such as the FAFSA and PROFILE. This is obviously a critical step: no application, no aid. But if you want to pay less for college, it certainly isn’t the first step. The fact is that the FAFSA is just one of the final steps of many in paying for college. I’m not talking about the savings account you were going to set up for your kids when they were little but never got around to. What I’m talking about are the things you need to know before students even start applying to colleges. + Read More
In case you’ve been in a coma and haven’t heard, there is a student loan crisis. According to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the total student loan debt of $870 billion exceeds that of consumer credit card debt. Apparently, students are borrowing too much to pay for college. Or maybe they’re not borrowing too much, they just don’t have jobs that will allow them to make their loan payments.