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2021 College Applications

This past fall, there was considerable concern about decreases in college application for the fall of 2021. In November, the Common App reported an “alarming” decline, particularly among lower-income and first generation students. Coming on top of a 3.6% decline in undergraduate enrollment for the fall of 2020, the drop in applications was a source of considerable anxiety. As of…

How to Start Saving

It’s back-to-basics week for me and time to talk about getting started saving for college. If you want your children to go to college, you need to save. Period. That’s the easy part. Harder is where and how much. People worry that they’re going to lose out on financial aid if they save. Yes, your savings will add a small…

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…