What do Harvard, Yale, MIT, Princeton, University of Connecticut, University of Oklahoma, Ohio State, Washington & Lee, Notre Dame and Michigan State have in common? Each had a student selected as one of this year’s Rhodes Scholars. The Rhodes Scholarship is arguably the most prestigious and competitive scholarship available to American students, and the size and diversity of the applicant…
A recent Sallie Mae study shows that on average, parents begin saving for college when their child is 7 years old. This makes sense: it’s right around when a child transitions from preschool or full-time daycare to full-time school, so for many families it’s the first time that they have any financial breathing room.
Many families think there’s no point in doing the FAFSA because they assume they don’t have financial need. That reflects a fairly limited view of the FAFSA; in fact, there are plenty of good reasons why every family of a student who’s even potentially college-bound next year, regardless of the family’s financial position, should do it.
It’s time for my annual financial aid presentation at my kids’ high school. This year the topic is Five Questions for College-Bound Students, which your families might also want to discuss.
The FAFSA gets a lot of attention right around now, but it’s only one of two financial aid forms. The other is the CSS Profile, used primarily by private colleges and universities. The Profile differs from the FAFSA in several major respects: