Paying For College

As important as preparing for and choosing a college is paying for it. Often, families feel overwhelmed by the cost of higher education. However, there are many opportunities for financial aid (from scholarships, grants for merit-based aid as well as need-based aid) for families with income at all levels. Learning how to find those opportunities, apply and qualify for them is key to saving thousands each year on college.

These articles cover topics and questions about financial aid and paying for college. If you’re wanting support with helping your child successfully get into and afford college…check out my programs, book and consulting packages at Compass College Advisory.

The key to helping your junior get in and get money for college

Parents of juniors…I want college admissions to be a stress-free process for your teen. Don’t see how that’s possible? Let me share some intentional things you can do to support
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Top 5 things to do to complete FAFSA for your college-bound senior

Families may start applying for financial aid through FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) beginning October 1 and will be able to submit an earlier tax return for consideration.
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Why a Scholarship Search is a Waste of Time

Why a Scholarship Search is a Waste of Time

For some students, getting into college is a challenge in and of itself. Add on top of that finding the money to pay for college and it can feel downright
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Are you ready to apply for financial aid?

Are you ready to apply for financial aid? Even if you don’t think you qualify, I urge you to consider applying and explain why in this quick video for parents
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How The Different College Application Deadlines Can Impact Your Student and Financial Aid

College application deadlines are not the most exciting topic to consider as your teen prepares for college during high school, but it’s a very important topic one. It’s important because
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How to apply for scholarships like voting in Chicago

Grants and scholarships for college are keenly on the minds of parents. The first part of this series, “Grants and Scholarships 101 for parents of college-bound teens” helps you get
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How to save time when seeking money for college

During a recent FB Live show, I discussed “Grants and Scholarships 101 for Parents of college-bound teens”. Although teens are applying for the scholarships, oftentimes, parents are searching and later
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Last-minute time-saving tips for FAFSA and CSS Profile

When you’re doing anything at the last minute, it always seems to take longer. That is so true with completing financial documents for college. Recently, I was completing FAFSA in
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College Scholarships for Middle School Students

Did you know that your child can start getting scholarships for college before they even get to high school? It’s true. There are more scholarships available to middle school students
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Where you can Go to College for FREE . . . Study Abroad

Lately, I’ve had several conversations with parents who are seeking ways to further reduce the cost of their college investment. An alternative to the high cost of tuition for US
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Why apply to Antioch College

Why apply to Antioch College interview with Cezar Mesquita Several months ago on The Education Doctor Radio Show, we met with the Executive Director of Colleges that Change Lives, Marty
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College-bound families discover that Harvard is cheaper than UC, Cal State and other Public colleges

In our recent posting on “Why Scholarships searches are a waste of time,” we mentioned that families shouldn’t fear the sticker shock of private colleges. The hidden truth is that
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FAFSA questions? Get answers here!

When the Free Application for Financial Student Aid (FAFSA) was released on January 1, many families started scratching their heads about when and how to complete this all-important form for
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Merit Aid: When you don’t Qualify for Need-based Aid

The key question on the minds of so many families is “How do I pay for college?” January 1 was the release date for the FAFSA which is Free Application
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Where are the Occupy Colleges Campuses?

Over the last 15 days, I have visited 12 college campuses from Massachusetts to New Hampshire to Texas and only saw one group of protesters. I expected to see more
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