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FAFSA for 2017-2018 School Year

There appears to be a fair amount of confusion around the upcoming FAFSA. To recap, there has been one big change for the 2017-2018 school year: the FAFSA will be available Oct. 1, 2016, instead of Jan. 1, 2017. That results in another big change: going forward, the FAFSA will use “prior-prior” year income data. For example,

College Cash Flow Planning

As you get closer to college, the question of how to pay for it transitions from “how to save for it” to “how to pay the bills for it.” Many families have some savings and supplement that with cash flow and borrowing. The question is always, when do you use savings versus cash flow versus borrowing?


Disclaimer: Nothing in this post is about paying for college, but it’s something parents of college-bound students need to know about. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act is a bit like HIPAA for student records: it prohibits release of a student’s education records without their consent. Generally this is a good thing:

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