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New Year’s Resolutions for 2021

Has there ever been a year as hotly anticipated as 2021? And among all the new year’s resolutions to get back to living our best lives as soon as we can– travel, time with friends and family, in-person school– might I suggest some resolutions for families of college-bound children? I’ve divided them by age range to make it easy for…

EFC vs SAI: What’s in a Name?

A great deal of attention has gone to the renaming of the FAFSA’s Expected Family Contribution to Student Aid Index. The change is a good one, even if it is primarily cosmetic. The formula and inputs remain largely the same, and the end result is still what it has been: a tool with which colleges and universities can assess all…

FAFSA Simplification in the Stimulus

169 pages of this week’s stimulus bill are devoted to FAFSA simplification. It’s a great step and I apologize that 169 pages of bill-speak have left me unable to simplify the changes for you yet. Here are a few broad points: The changes take effect beginning with the FAFSA for the 2023-2024 school year, which is the first FAFSA for…

FAFSA Schools vs Profile Schools

Students for whom financial aid is a priority will in many cases be better served by focusing on schools that use the FAFSA and not the CSS Profile. Likewise, a student whose first choice school uses the Profile and is out of reach financially would be well-served in the financial aid appeals process to find a competitive school that uses…