John Hupalo and Scott Maciag, long-time high school guidance counselor, dissect an actual financial aid award letter to show the free money, earned aid and loans. They offer tips on student loans, discuss net price vs total cost of college and talk about appealing the financial aid award when the package isn’t enough.
Parents, stay tuned to this content series helping you with key info on college funding to help make affordable choices.
This week, the Wall Street Journal ran “Colleges Mine Data on Their Applicants,” an insightful and instructive read about the hypercompetitive world of college admissions. Pass it along to your college-bound children ASAP. They need to know this game is on.
Building good credit is one of the most important aspects of transitioning from college to adulthood. A high credit score can make it easy to leverage lower rates on future auto and home loans. A credit report may be accessed as part of job screenings, so maintaining solid standing is a positive.
Networking is a skill that can prove useful throughout life. It comes into play when just starting a career, when looking to get a better job, or finding new clients for business.
Market volatility is a problem for those who need to pay a college bill now and for those saving for the future. What should parents do to weather the storm?
College affordability shouldn’t be a one-time calculation done at the time a student receives their first financial aid award letter. Reducing the cost of college – and thereby increasing the return on investment – can be done in college.
While everyone loves holiday presents, one great gift parents can pass to their children is a discussion about money and making a budget. Ok, it’s not the most exciting topic, but it is one that high school and college students need to think about. For the pre-high school crowd, a basic understanding of saving and spending goes a long way to setting them on a course for success in the years to come.