10 Financial Aid Terms to Know

10 Financial Aid Terms to Know

Going through financial planning for college, especially for the first time, can feel overwhelming. Luckily, you have us. Here are some key terms to get a jump on.   1. FAFSA The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required by all colleges. In...
What to Know About the CSS Profile

What to Know About the CSS Profile

Even if you are new to the financial aid process, you’ve most likely heard of the FAFSA. But this might be the first time you are hearing about the “other” financial aid form, the CSS Profile. Used by roughly 400 institutions, the CSS Profile helps colleges,...
College Savings Tips from an Expert

College Savings Tips from an Expert

​In working with families who are planning and saving for college, I stress the importance of being prepared. While college preparation becomes more “urgent” for families with older children, parents whose children are years away from college can benefit greatly from...
Comparing Financial Aid Award Letters

Comparing Financial Aid Award Letters

As you weigh your college decision options, we know many of you are comparing multiple financial aid award letters.  Unfortunately, this process can sometimes feel overwhelming.  Many colleges and universities have their unique award letter structure and communicate...
Tips For Writing a Great College Essay

Tips For Writing a Great College Essay

The essay is an important part of the college admission application. It provides students with the opportunity to connect on a more personal level with the admissions office while showcasing their creative writing skills. Check out my conversation with Clairissa...
College Readiness

College Readiness

What are some factors students and parents should consider when planning out their high school career to support college readiness? Check out my conversation with Curtis Ferguson, Associate Director of Admission at University of Southern California and Orlando...
Chatting with the College Financial Lady

Chatting with the College Financial Lady

I sat down recently with Ann Garcia, the College Financial Lady. We had a great conversation about the importance of early college savings, building a balanced college saving portfolio and exploring all college savings options, including Private College 529 Plan.  Ann...
College Search Tools

College Search Tools

Spring of the junior year is when many high school students and families begin their college search.  Everyone approaches the search a bit differently, and there is no shortage of tools and resources to assist your effort.  And yet, we know it can feel...