Colleges Offer Financial Aid for Gap Years

By |2019-01-14T01:17:27+00:00January, 10, 2019|College Preparation, Financial Aid|

About a year ago, I wrote a blog post called "Should You Take a Gap Year?" which explained what a gap year is and answered some common questions about gap years.  One of these questions was, "How much does a gap year cost?" While the price can vary depending on what [...]

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

By |2018-11-13T19:27:09+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 [...]

College Savings Options

By |2018-07-22T22:06:58+00:00June, 27, 2018|College Preparation, Financial Aid|

Guest blog post by Kristi Sullivan, Certified Financial Planner As a financial planner who looks at a family’s whole money picture, I unfortunately have to tell most parents that they can’t even consider saving for college because they are so behind on retirement savings. However, if you are on track [...]

Analyzing Financial Aid Awards

By |2018-03-15T15:30:24+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).  [...]

You’ve Applied to College. Now What?

By |2018-03-15T15:18:51+00:00January, 16, 2018|College Admissions, College Applications, Financial Aid, Scholarships|

High school seniors across the country are breathing a sigh of relief.  Having spent a significant part of the fall writing essays and filling out applications, most have now finished applying to college.  If you applied regular decision, now you have to endure the long wait until decisions are released, [...]

Pro-Active Parents Reap Rewards

By |2017-11-15T14:59:41+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 [...]

What You Need to Know About College Merit Aid

By |2017-11-02T23:36:07+00:00October, 5, 2017|College Research, Financial Aid, Scholarships|

I recently wrote an article for Your College Advisors about merit scholarships.  The article explains that merit aid -- which can be based on a number of factors -- is a great option for students and families who don't qualify for need-based financial aid.  I offer tips on finding colleges that offer [...]

Parents: Talk to Your Kids Early About Paying for College

By |2017-07-12T01:51:45+00:00June, 28, 2017|College Admissions, College Applications, College Preparation, Financial Aid, Scholarships|

Before making a list of potential colleges for a student, I ask his or her parents to provide me with some financial information so that I can consider this in recommending schools for their child.  At least a few times each year, I get a response like the following: "We [...]

College Isn’t As Expensive As You Might Think

By |2017-05-16T22:25:11+00:00May, 16, 2017|Financial Aid, Scholarships, Uncategorized|

$69,717.  That was the cost, for the 2016-2017 school year, to attend the most expensive college in the United States: Harvey Mudd College in California.  Although Harvey Mudd's price is the highest, many other private colleges aren't far behind.  According to Business Insider, there are at least 50 colleges that cost nearly $65,000 [...]

Merit Scholarships Aren’t Just for Top Students!

By |2017-04-13T18:01:40+00:00April, 12, 2016|College Applications, Financial Aid, Scholarships|

I wrote an article about merit scholarships that was published in the April 2016 issue of the Glendale Cherry Creek Chronicle.  As the article explains, merit scholarships are a great option for families that don't qualify for need-based financial aid but can't afford to pay full price.  Contrary to popular belief, you don't [...]