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My son’s friend just graduated from Arizona State, without paying a penny. How? She works at Starbucks and through a combination of starting at community college and continuing with Starbucks College Achievement Plan, she was able to earn her bachelor’s degree for $0. She’s now working on her student teaching and expects to be a full-time teacher soon, all without…

FAFSA Simplification: What Do You Need to Do?

Next fall’s FAFSA should look different from this year’s, with FAFSA Simplification in the pipeline, and the coming changes could impact your eligibility for financial aid. FAFSA Simplification will have different impacts on different families depending on situations, so it’s important to understand what’s coming and how it’s likely to affect your EFC (besides changing it to SAI). Some of…

How Do You Apply for Scholarships?

I get a common question from families applying for college: “I applied to the college but how do I apply for scholarships?” The answer to that is actually pretty simple: If you filed the FAFSA, you have applied for need-based aid. And your application to the college is the application for most merit scholarships. Most institutional awards– that is to…

What About the CSS Profile?

Once you’ve filed the FAFSA, your work may not be done. That’s because there’s another financial aid form, the CSS Profile. The Profile is used by about 400 private colleges to allocate their own financial aid dollars. The FAFSA and the Profile have a lot of similarities, but also some key differences. Like the FAFSA, the Profile uses parent income…

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