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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…

Education Spending as a Financial Disruptor

A recent Harris Poll showed that education spending was the #1 “financial disruptor” for Americans in 2019, with 16% of survey respondents saying that education spending for themselves or their children had disrupted their long-term financial plans. In addition, education spending was the only category of disruptor that grew in the last five years. According to the survey, a financial…

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…