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Most expensive colleges for high income families–and some alternatives to consider

dog with calculator trying to figure most expensive colleges for high incomesIt 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

213 Colleges Where the Average Grant for Freshman is Over $20,000

Treasure chest representing roadmap to cutting college costsFor 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

Surprising Ways to Cut College Costs

College Prep Podcast logoCheck 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 You Need to Know About Verbal Commitments

hand shake representing verbal commitmentsIf 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

5 Rules About Paying for College That Most Parent Don’t Know

woman at computer learning about paying for collegeIf 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

50-50 Highlights: Colleges with Highest Percentage of Freshman with Non-Federal Loans

golden graduate figure holding on to debtIn 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.

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