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Outside Scholarships, Outside Benefits

“I got the internship!!!!!” my daughter texted me last week. “I thought this was going to be about outside scholarships,” you thought as you read that. In fact it is. I don’t talk a lot about outside scholarships because they tend to be far less beneficial than institutional merit aid or financial aid. Not only that, but you’re not likely…

Trends in Public University Tuition

Talking about broad topics is fraught with peril. As I mentioned last week, college applications are up, except that they’re only up at some schools and a lot of the increase comes from students submitting more applications, not more students submitting applications. Today I’m going to tackle public university tuition directions for the coming year. Before going there, I need…

How to Start Saving

It’s back-to-basics week for me and time to talk about getting started saving for college. If you want your children to go to college, you need to save. Period. That’s the easy part. Harder is where and how much. People worry that they’re going to lose out on financial aid if they save. Yes, your savings will add a small…

Student Loan Payment Suspension & Forgiveness

You’re likely aware that payments and interest on federal direct education loans have been suspended. The suspension began last March and has been extended several times since then, both through the CARES Act and subsequent administrative orders. The most recent extension runs through September 30, 2021. The suspension includes the following provisions: All federal direct loans including direct student loans,…

New Year’s Resolutions for 2021

Has there ever been a year as hotly anticipated as 2021? And among all the new year’s resolutions to get back to living our best lives as soon as we can– travel, time with friends and family, in-person school– might I suggest some resolutions for families of college-bound children? I’ve divided them by age range to make it easy for…