Financial Aid Basics

There’s a ton of talk about the FAFSA right now, which on the one hand makes sense because it will be available next week. (Yes, all evidence to the contrary, time does continue marching forward with the result that Oct. 1 arrives next week.) But all the hoopla around the FAFSA tends to obscure the fact that the FAFSA itself…

The College Financial Lady Podcast

It’s 2020 so I have a podcast. For me it’s an opportunity to explore a broader range of college-related topics. My latest episode is an interview with college admissions consultant Julia Surtshin where she offers some fantastic guidance on the application process in the COVID era: how to find good fits when you can’t visit, test-optional admissions, and letting go…

College Planning After a Divorce

Students whose parents are divorced have some planning opportunities if the exes are willing to cooperate. The first step is of course to understand the planning areas. And the first step of that first step is to understand a key definition: “custodial parent.” Custodial parent is used in two primary places for college purposes, and in ways that are completely…