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Comparing Financial Aid Awards

We’re almost there: acceptance letters are arriving and the May 1 decision day is right around the corner. For most families, how much schools cost is part of the decision making process. But comparing award letters from different schools might seem like comparing apples to taco salad. The good news is, all offers need to show total cost of attendance,…

The College Financial Lady Podcast

It’s 2020 so I have a podcast. For me it’s an opportunity to explore a broader range of college-related topics. My latest episode is an interview with college admissions consultant Julia Surtshin where she offers some fantastic guidance on the application process in the COVID era: how to find good fits when you can’t visit, test-optional admissions, and letting go…

Ask the Experts: Essay Coach Victoria Payne

Below is my interview with Victoria Payne of Boxcar Writing Labs. Victoria had some great insights on the essay process and I encourage you to watch all of it. Here are a few quick takeaways: Time management is really important: Start as soon as you can. The Common App prompts are available in spring; most colleges have released their prompts…