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College Rankings

The college rankings are here! Right in time for students to apply to the best colleges! But wait, which college is best? US News & World Report says Princeton is the best university but Forbes says UC Berkeley is best. The Wall Street Journal says Harvard is best and Niche says MIT. (Forbes is right, of course.) What are you…

Budgeting for College Applications

It is both a blessing and a curse that the Common App makes it easy to apply to many colleges. One of the curses is that applications cost money. Enough that you should budget for them. The good news is that having a money budget for applications will automatically create a “time budget” since it might reduce the number of…

How to Complete the FAFSA

If you’re going to do the FAFSA this fall, this video has instructions for how to do it and what to do before you file. Want to put this to work for you? Sign up for The College Financial Plan Masterclass. You’ll develop a detailed financial plan for college, learn strategies to maximize financial aid and merit scholarships, find out how…

New (School) Year’s Resolutions

I think Oregon is one of the last places in the US that starts school after Labor Day so my apologies if you’re no longer in back-to-school mode. By the way, did anyone else actually enjoy being stuck in school traffic like I did this year? Here are some resolutions your family might make for the coming school year. And,…

Podcast on Financial Aid Strategies

I had a great time talking financial aid and FAFSA strategies on the Hack Your Wealth podcast this week. Check it out here. Want to put this to work for you? Sign up for The College Financial Plan Masterclass. You’ll develop a detailed financial plan for college, learn strategies to maximize financial aid and merit scholarships, find out how to qualify…

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