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Budget Proposal and Candidate Positions on Higher Ed Funding

Going to cover all the politics in one post today. President Trump’s budget proposal, released yesterday, proposes some significant changes to higher education funding. In addition, TICAS (The Institute for College Access & Success), in partnership with the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire, has released a briefing comparing the presidential candidates’ positions on education…

Welcome to my new site!

I’ve changed! And for the better, I think. While it’s probably pretty obvious why I redesigned The College Financial Lady, I thought I’d give you the full background anyway. I started writing this blog 6 years ago, in January 2014. I had made a New Year’s resolution to develop a writing habit. At the time, I was getting a lot…

What Did We Learn in College?

Fall term is in the books and we’ve learned quite a bit about college! Having the kids home for the holidays meant not just lots of fun family time but also an opportunity to catch up with their friends and hear about their college experiences. Now that they’re back in school, I’ve had a chance to digest some of the…

What Year? (2020 Edition)

It’s hard keeping track of what matters when in the prior-prior year world of the FAFSA and CSS Profile. Here is a table summarizing tax year and asset dates for the next few college years: School Year 2020-2021 2021-2022 2022-2023 2023-2024 2024-2025 2025-2026 2026-2027 FAFSA/ PROFILE Income Tax Year 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 Assets As Of Oct*…

Establishing Credit for Your Student

It’s probably a good thing that today’s students, unlike their parents, are more likely to be handed a free t-shirt than a new credit card as they walk across campus. For students graduating in the 1980s and 1990s, credit card debt was a more likely millstone than student loans. Rules that went into effect in 2010 drastically reduced students’ access…