Coming Soon: The New FAFSA

By |2023-11-13T01:25:37+00:00November, 14, 2023|FAFSA, Financial Aid, Paying for College|

Just in time for the holidays, the U.S. Department of Education is giving families the gift of a new and improved FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).  Set to be released in December, an exact date has not yet been announced.  But before you add "completing the FAFSA" to [...]

Big Changes Coming to FAFSA

By |2023-03-07T21:08:13+00:00February, 28, 2023|FAFSA, Financial Aid, Paying for College|

In a previous blog post, I wrote about how the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, is going to change this year. Recently, the Department of Education announced the new form might not be ready by October 1, the date on which the application has opened since 2016. [...]

Upcoming Changes in College Admissions

By |2023-01-08T23:05:57+00:00January, 4, 2023|College Admissions, College Admissions Tests, College Essays, FAFSA, Financial Aid|

As 2023 begins, there are several major changes that will impact the college admissions landscape this year and beyond. Below are descriptions of four of them, along with one wildcard. Pell Grant Increase For students and families relying on need-based financial aid, the Pell Grant increase is welcome news. The [...]

TuitionFit: Shedding Light on Financial Aid Awards

By |2022-05-11T22:04:24+00:00March, 15, 2022|FAFSA, Financial Aid, Paying for College, Scholarships|

Guest blog post by Jay Murray, Certified College Planning Specialist One of the most perplexing parts of the college planning process is price transparency.  What will a college’s actual net price be after merit aid and financial aid awards?  What will a family actually pay for a student to attend [...]

Should You Apply for Financial Aid?

By |2020-08-24T15:52:24+00:00October, 29, 2019|FAFSA, Financial Aid, Paying for College, Scholarships|

As high school seniors are busy completing college applications, many parents are tackling another part of the college admissions process: applying for financial aid.  The financial aid forms can be time-consuming and confusing, and some people might feel like they need an advanced degree to sort them out. Just the [...]

5 Hacks to Free College Tuition

By |2020-08-24T15:52:24+00:00May, 7, 2019|College Preparation, FAFSA, Financial Aid, Paying for College, Scholarships|

Guest blog post by Dia Kline, former Discovery College Consulting client My "5 Hacks To Free College Tuition" helped me achieve my end game: zero loans, zero debt. Yes, every situation is unique but these hacks will help any student and their family prepare for college and its increasingly absurd [...]

You Applied Early; Don’t Forget to Apply for Financial Aid!

By |2020-08-24T15:52:25+00:00November, 5, 2018|College Admissions, FAFSA, Financial Aid, Scholarships|

Most colleges' Early Action and Early Decision application deadlines are November 1, which means many high school students (and college consultants) are breathing a big sigh of relief now that this date has passed. Before you relax too much, though, be sure to check the financial aid application deadlines at [...]

Analyzing Financial Aid Awards

By |2020-08-24T15:52:27+00:00March, 7, 2018|FAFSA, Financial Aid, Scholarships|

People often think of April 1 as April Fool's Day, but for high school seniors, it's an important date for another reason: April 1 is the deadline for colleges to notify students of their admissions decisions (at least if the college requires students to make a deposit by May 1).  [...]

Pro-Active Parents Reap Rewards

By |2020-08-24T15:52:27+00:00November, 15, 2017|College Preparation, FAFSA, Financial Aid, Scholarships|

Guest blog post by Jay Murray, Certified College Planning Specialist Parents who begin their college funding process early receive much larger need-based awards than those parents who choose to wait.  This is because of recent changes in the formulas colleges use to calculate need-based aid.  Financial aid is a function of [...]

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