College Preparation

6 Key Strategies on How to Write The Financial Aid Appeal Letter

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 26, 2017 1:54:11 PM / by Robert Brinkman posted in Financial Aid, College Funding

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The financial aid appeal letter may be the most under-utilized step in the college admissions process.

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Real Estate Investing and How It Offsets the High Cost of College

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 25, 2017 11:31:34 AM / by Robert Brinkman posted in Planning for College, College Funding

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Some families are finding new and innovative ways to save money regarding the high cost of college tuition. Scholarships and grants are one thing – but the inventive are often taking advantage of entirely unrelated conditions.

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How To Get Great Letters of Recommendation for College Admission

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 8, 2017 4:15:00 PM / by Robert Brinkman posted in Planning for College, Prepare for College

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The recommendation letter is one of the most important parts of an application – but many students give it little thought. The truth is – What gets sent to can make a huge difference in the college admission process.

Let’s go over the best ways to make sure you get recommendations that can make that difference.

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Answering Your Questions about Transferring Colleges

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 1, 2017 3:13:00 PM / by Robert Brinkman posted in Planning for College, Prepare for College

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The importance of planning for all aspects of college cannot be overstated. Families must ready themselves for standardized testing, applications, admissions and rejections, financial aid, personal finances, and so much more.

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Do Net Price Calculators Estimate the Real Cost of College?

[fa icon="calendar'] May 24, 2017 3:41:00 PM / by Robert Brinkman posted in College Funding, Planning for College, Prepare for College

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There are countless articles about the price of a college education. Their chief subject – tuition costs.

Yet many of these articles tend to confuse college tuition cost with the net cost of college – which is what you will actually pay for an academic year. That’s one of the main reasons all U.S. colleges are now required to include a "Net Price Calculator" on their official school website.

While they’re designed to help parents and students estimate the amount of financial aid they could potentially receive from an institution (thus estimating the "net price"), the actual benefit for families is perhaps not very meaningful.

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Does Financial Aid Have an Income Limit?

[fa icon="calendar'] May 17, 2017 4:15:00 PM / by Robert Brinkman posted in Financial Aid, Planning for College, College Funding

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You would be hard-pressed to find a parent who did not want to receive some sort of aid for their college-bound children, but far too many never even attempt to qualify. In fact, many people assume that if they make too much money or have too many assets, then they have no chance of receiving any college financial aid.

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5 New College Scholarship Frauds To Look Out For

[fa icon="calendar'] May 10, 2017 4:39:00 PM / by Robert Brinkman posted in College Funding, Planning for College, Prepare for College, Scholarship Funding

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Pros and Cons for Early College Admission

[fa icon="calendar'] May 4, 2017 10:42:00 AM / by Robert Brinkman posted in Planning for College, Prepare for College

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Congratulations! You just received your acceptance letter – you're in! Or are you?

More and more colleges are issuing what are called early decision – a promise of a slot, provided certain criteria are met.

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Facts about Student Loan Debt, and How to get Help Dealing With It

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 25, 2017 1:34:00 PM / by Robert Brinkman posted in Prepare for College, College Funding, Student Loans

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What does $35,000 in student loan debt do to a new college graduate?

Sometimes it means living with their parents, which can seem like a financial leash to both the graduate and the parents. For most of the graduates living on their own, they have to continue living on a college budget (or tighter) just to get by without having to take out more loans.

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3 Ways to Reduce College Costs

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 18, 2017 2:38:00 PM / by Robert Brinkman posted in Prepare for College, Planning for College

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No matter how much you prepare for college, it's the sort of question that can keep you up night:

How can we afford college?

It's not just the ever-rising college costs, either... there's also all the attached spending. And if you have two or more children in school at the same time, the costs of going to top schools can really appear prohibitive. Today let's take a look at three of the best ways to shave tuition costs off your college bill – and make even the best schools more affordable.

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