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Net Price Calculators

Getting an estimate of your Expected Family Contribution is really helpful, and it’s pretty easy. The Department of Education’s unfortunately-named Student Aid Estimator will calculate the FAFSA’s EFC for you with a few data inputs; the College Board offers one for the CSS Profile. While each has its limitations– in particular, the Profile’s EFC estimator doesn’t account for the myriad…

New Year’s Resolutions

Happy 2022! One of my resolutions is to just take this year as it comes rather than promising myself everything is going to get better. There will be good days and bad days, but I’m not setting any expectations about what those are going to look like. That doesn’t help you get your kiddo through college, though, so here are…

I Bonds for College Savings

If you’re a financial advisor, it’s hard to go an hour without talking about I Bonds right now. It seems the word is getting out to the general public now too. I Bonds are a form of Treasury bond that pay an interest rate that incorporates an inflation factor. Right now, due to high inflation, they are paying 7.12% interest….

Choosing a 529 Plan

A recent survey showed that while almost two-thirds of parents were saving for college, only about one-third are saving in a 529 plan. That’s unfortunate, since 529s are usually the best choice for savings, for a lot of reasons. On the other hand, it’s not unexpected, given that the vast array of often confusing choices can be a barrier to…

2022 Rhodes Scholars

Coming into Thanksgiving weekend, Clemson fans might have been a little disappointed about the football season, but they got something else to cheer about: Clemson’s first Rhodes Scholar was selected this year. Rhodes Scholars are announced annually on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, at roughly the same time that Clemson was taking down Wake Forest en route to earning a trip…

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