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...
Making the most of college visits

Making the most of college visits

​It’s no secret that college is expensive today. According to The College Board’s latest annual survey, the average cost of a public, four-year college in state was $10,560 for 2020-2021. For a private, nonprofit college, the number was $37,650. With those costs, it’s...
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...
New Year’s Resolutions for 2021

New Year’s Resolutions for 2021

Hi, I’m Ann Garcia, CFP®, the College Financial Lady. I’m a fee-only, fiduciary financial advisor. I help families plan and finance affordable college education. I’m also a mom to college-aged twins, so I’m right there with you. Has there ever been a year as hotly...