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Negotiating a Financial Aid Award

I hope that everyone is home, safe, and washing their hands a lot! Yesterday we learned that bacon is not being hoarded, at least not in Portland, when out of the blue we got a notification that several week-old online grocery delivery attempts were going to be filled. The one item that was not out of stock in any of…

What Can You Learn From a Crisis?

You know the saying, “Experience is what you get when you don’t get what you want?” 2020 is setting itself up to be a year full of experience. If you’re a parent of a high school senior trying to select a college (that you likely can’t visit), here are some things you can do to learn more, because a crisis…

Got Work-Study?

Work study falls under the self-help column of financial aid. If your aid award includes work-study, you should understand what it is. Work-study is a federally subsidized job at your college or university. It may be an on- or off-campus job. It may even be an internship. For undergraduates, work-study is paid by the hour and has to pay at…

Comparing Financial Aid Offers

Comparing financial aid award letters from different schools can be confusing. Although there is a standard set of information that should be included– total Cost of Attendance, gift aid offered, loans and work study as applicable– each school has its own format for the letter including where certain elements are listed and whether the award lists your EFC so you…

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…