$100,000 per Year! Rising College Costs and Student Loans

By |2024-05-09T20:39:45+00:00May, 8, 2024|College Costs, Financial Aid, Paying for College, Scholarships|

In 2016, when my first child started college, Harvey Mudd College in California was the most expensive college in the country, with a total cost of attendance of just over $70,000 per year. In 2020, when child number two started school, Columbia topped the list at $81,000.  For the 2020-2021 [...]

Colleges Respond to FAFSA Delays

By |2024-03-05T21:03:36+00:00March, 6, 2024|College Costs, FAFSA, Financial Aid, Paying for College|

If you are a high school senior or the parent of one, you likely are aware of the problems that have plagued the new FAFSA since it became available at the end of December.  Not only was the FAFSA's release delayed by nearly three months, but there have been several [...]

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 [...]

The End of Affirmative Action in College Admissions

By |2023-07-09T21:29:33+00:00July, 11, 2023|College Admissions, College Applications, College Essays, Financial Aid|

In a 6-3 decision announced on June 29, the Supreme Court ruled that the use of race in college admissions (a.k.a. affirmative action) is unconstitutional. No matter your opinion, the Court's ruling will impact college applicants, colleges themselves, legacy admissions, financial aid and college essays. This blog post will summarize [...]

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. [...]

Why Is College So Expensive? Part 3

By |2023-01-09T19:17:51+00:00January, 11, 2023|College Costs, Financial Aid, Paying for College, Scholarships|

This is my third in a series of blog posts on the increasing cost of college in the United States.  In the first post, I offered several reasons why college is so expensive.  In the second, I explained that college may not actually be as costly as it seems, as [...]

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 [...]

Why Is College So Expensive? Part 2

By |2023-01-09T19:10:18+00:00November, 2, 2022|College Costs, Financial Aid, Paying for College, Scholarships|

When President Biden announced in August that he would forgive student loan debt for millions of borrowers, many critics argued that his plan did not address the larger problem of the rising cost of college.  In response, I published a blog post entitled, "Why Is College So Expensive?"  A couple weeks [...]

Why Is College So Expensive?

By |2022-09-10T22:37:07+00:00August, 30, 2022|College Costs, Financial Aid, Paying for College|

Since President Biden announced on August 24 that he was canceling student loan debt for millions of borrowers, there has been a flurry of responses from a wide range of individuals.  One of the main criticisms of Biden's plan is that canceling student debt does nothing to address rising college [...]

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 [...]

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