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FAFSA Schools vs Profile Schools

Students for whom financial aid is a priority will in many cases be better served by focusing on schools that use the FAFSA and not the CSS Profile. Likewise, a student whose first choice school uses the Profile and is out of reach financially would be well-served in the financial aid appeals process to find a competitive school that uses…

Are you a Freshman?

YES YOU ARE! If you’re applying to college as a high school senior, you should apply as an incoming freshman. Regardless of your AP credits, community college attendance (while in high school), IB Diploma or anything else that might have you on a less-than-four-year path through college, apply as a freshman, not a transfer student. Why? Because freshmen get more…

Borrowing? Start with Federal Loans

About 1/3 of students and 1/5 of parents borrow to pay for college, with borrowed money covering about 21% of the total cost of college, according to Sallie Mae’s How America Pays for College. The report also showed that while federal student loans were the most common form of borrowing, about 10% of students used private loans as well. That’s…