“I learned law so well, the day I graduated I sued the college, won the case, and got my tuition back.”–Fred Allen
If you’ve decided that a 529 savings plan is the best way to fund your little bundle of joy’s exposure ...(more)
“I believe that we parents must encourage our children to become educated, so they can get into a good college that we cannot afford.”— Dave Barry
As soon as the nurse hands you your bundle of joy for the first time, ...(more)
What employers look for
Employers look for well-rounded individuals who are involved in extracurricular activities. People who have a passion that they have developed. Be able to describe ...(more)
Many parents begin planning for their child's education at a young age. As your child nears the end of high school, it is a good idea to have a calendar of events for the college selection process. Here is a calendar ...(more)
Top Financial Mistakes Families Make When Applying for Financial Aid
Filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is your family’s only ticket to federal, state and institutional aid, student loans and ...(more)
Being financially independent for the first time comes with its ups and downs. It is a new beginning that will set the course for the rest of your life. Getting started on the right foot will help you achieve your ...(more)
What can a college counselor do that I can’t?
Good counselors know about schools you don’t. Most have worked in college admissions offices and know the ins and outs of the college admissions process.
1. Don’t wait until the financial aid award arrives to decide which schools you can afford
Asses your ability to pay and your student’s chance of getting financial aid while you’re coming up with a college wish ...(more)
College Board released its Trends in College Pricing report that highlights college cost increases for the current academic year (2013) and trends in the world of higher education. While costs can vary significantly by ...(more)
American Funds, one of the largest provider of 529 College savings plans has a great new option for employers to help their employees pay for the ever rising cost of college.
Under normal circumstances, when a parent ...(more)
Is it possible to get a college to reconsider their financial aid package?
Client Question: My son was accepted into his top choice and then a few of his lesser choices. The only problem is that School #1 presented us ...(more)
It seems that sending one's children to college to get a higher education is a very common financial goal - but strangely enough, one that few financial advisors, radio, or television money gurus discuss in much depth. ...(more)
Educational Savings Plans were first established in 1996 as part of the Small Business Jobs Protection Act, and have since established themselves as one of the most effective ways to save for college. 529 plans permit ...(more)
How can individuals ensure they are receiving dependable advice about saving and investing for college?
(1) Require transparency on fees. Although it may be difficult for most individuals to sort through and ...(more)
All too often, people become so overwhelmed at the prospect of planning for college that they are left spinning their tires. Time is of the essence when it comes to planning for college, however, which is why it pays ...(more)
Incredibly, as private colleges keep paying their to executives millions of dollars each year, they continue to hike tuition prices for thier students. And many are wondering if college is even a " good investment" ...(more)
Little did we realize when we brought our loving bundle home from the hospital that the task of saving for college would be so daunting. In today’s world, especially post (and that’s a matter of opinion) recession, ...(more)
There is a saying that to raise a child takes a village. It also takes money. Some reports indicate that the cost of raising a child today through high school graduation for a dual-income family is just about $250,000 ...(more)
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