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Tuition Bargains Abound

In responses to the coronavirus pandemic, a growing number of colleges are discounting tuition, freezing tuition hikes and implementing other measures that will reduce costs for students in the coming academic year. While marketed as responses to student financial setbacks, a significant driver of these changes is concern that students will not enroll for the 2020-2021 school year. The University…

The UC System’s Test-Blind Announcement

Last week, the University of California system announced major changes to its standardized testing policy. The announcement generated considerable news coverage: “University of California Will End Use of SAT and ACT in Admissions” in the New York Times “The UC System plans to phase out the SAT and ACT—and other schools may follow suit” on CNBC and plenty of others….

Essay Writing on Facebook Live

If you’re interested in learning more about writing college essays, please join me tonight, Tuesday, May 19, at 5:30 PDT for a conversation with Victoria Payne of Boxcar Writing Labs. We’ll be talking on Facebook Live; to join the conversation, just follow The College Financial Lady on Facebook. Next week, same time, same place, Laura Davis, CFP(R), a fellow fee-only…

2020-2021 Student Loan Interest Rates

The May 2020 Treasury auction has taken place, which means now we know what student loan interest rates will be for the 2020-2021 school year. Interest rates on all student loans will be 1.78% lower during the coming school year than they are this year, because each loan type’s interest rate is a fixed markup from the 10-year Treasury at…