College planning and saving advice from the experts

2021

After the college decision: what’s next

After the college decision: what’s next

First and foremost, congratulations! The summer before your new graduate’s first year enrolling in college is a busy one.  Now that the college choice has been officially made, the college will ramp up communications throughout the summer with various "to-dos."  We've...

When making the college list, look beyond the big number

When making the college list, look beyond the big number

The old saying “everything is negotiable” isn’t always true, but don’t assume the publicly advertised price tag for a college education is the amount students will pay. In fact, while the sticker price provides the base price for tuition and fees, it is important to...

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...