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3 Popular Types of Remote Learning Options

A guest post from Emily Brangwynne, Director of Development and Communications at Duet.   As fall quickly approaches, co...

What Your EFC Is — and Why It Matters

As you enter college, you know you’ll learn a lot — but you might not expect the crash-course in finances that many stud...

4 Resources to Compare College Majors — and What to Consider Before You Choose

You’ve selected your top college choices, applied, and are now enrolled — but your decisions aren’t all made yet. You st...

How to Apply for a Private Student Loan in 5 Steps

If federal student loans aren’t enough to cover your college expenses, applying for private student loans may be your ne...

6 Key Details to Compare As You Shop for Private Loans

When it comes to private student loans, there’s a lot to track. You need to be aware of your debt’s interest rates, fees...

How Do Federal Loans and Private Loans Compare?

Though federal and private student loans work similarly and fund the same thing — your college education — they differ i...

7 Flexible Repayment Plans for Federal Student Loans

For most borrowers, it’s commonly advised to max out your federal student loans before turning to private debt to pay fo...

How long does it take to pay off student loans?

After graduation day has come and gone, you’ve probably forgotten the details of those student loans you took out as a f...

What's the difference between subsidized and unsubsidized Federal loans?

For most Americans headed to college, taking out a loan to pay for college is a necessity. But once you get into the wee...

How to Decide How Much Money to Borrow In Student Loans

You’ve experienced the joy of deciding which college you’ll be attending in the Fall, and now it’s time to determine how...

The Coronavirus Impact on College Financial Health

Higher education has been one of the most severely impacted sectors by the coronavirus. College-bound students and their...

Is online tuition less than in-person tuition?

One of the biggest education stories this spring was how many students - of all ages - have transitioned to virtual onli...

Researching Colleges: COVID-19 Edition

The higher education landscape is changing, fast. There are stories every day of how colleges are responding differently...

How to Decide If a Community College Is Right for You

Nearly 7 million students were enrolled in two-year (community) colleges in 2018 - representing about 41% of all undergr...

Is it a good idea to take a gap year during the coronavirus?

With the coronavirus continuing to keep us home and keep schools and campuses closed, high school seniors and their fami...

Making College Decisions When A Visit Is Not An Option

College campuses are closed. What can high school juniors and seniors faced with college decisions do?Here is one tip to...

SoFi and Edmit Partner to Help Next Generation of College Students Get Their Money Right

When we started Edmit in 2017, our mission was to empower families as they approached the decision of where to go to col...

Should you care what income your major earns?

The most heartbreaking email I ever received was a master’s graduate who had $250,000 in student loan debt between herse...

Government Regulations that Help Families Shop Smarter for Colleges

The spring is “decision season”: the time when college-bound high school seniors learn whether they’ve been accepted to ...

Transferring Colleges: Everything You Need to Know

 

What's the difference between a for-profit and a non-profit university?

 

Colleges and Universities That Are Need Blind

“Need blind” and “need aware” are different financial aid admissions policies. The terms refer to whether the college co...

How to Choose an Undergraduate College when Grad School is on the Horizon

Has your child known since they were five years old that they want to be a doctor? Have late-night courtroom dramas conv...

Better Off After College: Q&A with the Authors of Edmit's Book

About the Book Better Off After College is a step-by-step guide for families who want to enjoy all of the benefits of a ...

[Better Off Book Preview] How to Estimate Your Costs for Schools You are Interested In

We’re continuing to share previews of our upcoming book, Better Off After College. From Chapter Three, "Junior Year: Ref...

[Better Off Book Preview] “Need-Based” vs. “Merit-Based” Financial Aid

We’re continuing to share previews of our upcoming book, Better Off After College. From Chapter Two, "Early High School:...

[Better Off Book Preview] Saving For College or Saving for Retirement

We’re continuing to share previews of our upcoming book, Better Off After College. From Chapter One, "Pre-High School: P...

How to get help from the financial aid office

One thing I hear over and over again from college financial aid directors is they can’t help students researching school...

When Should You Apply for Financial Aid?

 

What Are Career Clusters Interest Surveys?

Career exploration starts the moment you buy your child a career-specific toy such as a toy stethoscope. Then, it contin...

Seven Questions Seniors Should Ask Their High School Counselors

Senior year isn’t too late for choosing a college, finding career direction, or choosing a major. It’s the perfect time ...

How to Avoid Costly FAFSA Mistakes

Filling out the FAFSA, the federal form for requesting financial aid, is one of the single most important things your fa...

Should I submit my scores if the school is test optional?

Last year, 41 colleges and universities joined the test-optional movement, no longer requiring applicants to submit the ...

How Students Write Successful Essay for College Admissions and Scholarships

Writing a successful essay for scholarships and college admissions isn’t up to luck. It’s a combination of good research...

SAT or ACT Test Prep on a Budget

My heart breaks a bit more every time I see a story or parent comment about not having the same privileges rich families...

Are Public Universities a Better Deal Than Private Universities?

If you keep up with our blog, you should already be familiar with the difference between a public and private university...

Strategies for Withdrawing Money from Your 529

After all that time saving in a 529 college savings plan for your student’s college education, it’s time to finally spen...

5 Tips for Financially Savvy Dorm Shopping

According to a recent HGTV survey, nearly a quarter of college families plan to spend over $500 on dorm decorations. 

5 Courses High Schoolers Should Take to Narrow Down Career Choices

Whether your high school offers career specific courses for your student or not, there are a variety of courses that can...

What jobs do liberal arts majors get?

A liberal arts education prepares students for a wide range of occupations rather than for one specific career path. How...

What Percentage of Parents Pay for College in 2019?

No one is alone in the struggle with figuring out how to cover college costs. Every year, Sallie Mae puts out a survey o...

How Income-Driven Repayment Plans Work

Student loan payments based on income seem like the answer for students worried about taking on too much student loan de...

How Your Student Can Responsibly Build Credit

For decades, one of the scariest thoughts for parents has been their students getting credit cards before they can repay...

How to Keep Your Financial Aid Past Freshman Year

Financial aid award letters often detail financial aid you’ll receive your first year of school, but they can neglect to...

5 Tips for Budgeting for College Tours

When deciding what college your student is going to apply for, it can be important to see them first. But it gets expens...

States With Free Tuition Programs

Earlier this month, we posted a blog on countries with free college tuition. But there’s something we didn’t mention in ...

Financial Questions to Ask on a College Visit

While we often recommend checking out a college campus during the school year to get a real feel for the vibe on campus ...

What is College Tuition Insurance?

For most high school seniors and their parents, the costs of college tuition become more and more real every day. Whethe...

5 On Campus Offices Your Child Should Visit on any College Tour

College tours often skip important offices: student money management, career services and academic department offices. 

Comparing Private Student Loan Options

Choosing among private student loans involves a variety of factors: getting the lowest interest rates, whether you want ...

How to Actually Pay Your Tuition Bill

The process of paying tuition bills seems fairly simple. However, depending on what method you use, you may pay fees or ...

Last Minute Summer Career Exploration Activities

Summer is a great time for short career exploration activities that can boost your career knowledge and help you choose ...

Are parents legally obligated to pay for their child's college?

Parents do not have a legal duty to pay for their child’s college—with one exception.

How Public Service Loan Forgiveness Affects Future Borrowing

Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) is a program by the federal government where after 10 years of on-time payments w...

4 Ways to Boost Your Credit Score, Fast

When you’re applying for private student loans in the next few weeks, there are several ways you can boost your credit s...

Should I participate in a work-study program or get a part-time job?

If you fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you may be eligible to participate in the Federal ...

Saving for Your Retirement vs. Saving for Your Child’s Higher Education: How a Financial Advisor Views the Choice

The choice between applying savings to retirement versus to a child’s higher education (usually through a 529) is a comm...

10 European countries with free or virtually free college tuition

Contrary to what you might expect, studying abroad can actually save you money.

Are college students eligible for government benefits programs?

As the cost of college continues to rise, a considerable number of college students are being classified as food- or hou...

How are assets treated on the FAFSA?

When you’re filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you may think that you and your family’s i...

What is the average student loan debt? (Updated for 2020)

You’ve probably seen the reports and articles about the student loan debt crisis in America. 43 million people of all ag...

What Jobs Are Available During College?

As a student, you may be responsible for all or the majority of the cost of attending college, or maybe you just need so...

How To Choose the Right Meal Plan for Your Budget

Once you are accepted to college, it’s time to make some other logistical choices. Many students don’t even consider cho...

What are Income Sharing Agreements and Are They Right for Me?

Heading into your college career the thought of thousands of dollars of student loan debt can be a burdensome feeling.

How to Save for College in Massachusetts: Speaking with MEFA and Inversant

There does not appear to be any indication that college tuition and living expenses will decrease in the immediate futur...

Moving to College on a Budget: 5 Things You Can Do Right Now

As you tear open your acceptance letter, you feel a sigh of relief come over you. You are in! You look at your paperwork...

What should I know before cosigning a student loan?

Sometimes federal student loans issued to students aren’t enough to pay for college after scholarships, savings, parent ...

What Happens if I'm Denied for a Parent PLUS Loan?

If you apply for a Parent PLUS Loan and are denied, you may be wondering what your alternatives are for financing your c...

Colleges that Offer the Most Student Loan Assistance

Most every college and university in the United States provides need-based financial aid to students.  However, need-bas...

How will Student Loans Impact My Taxes?

If you have student loans, then you may be wondering how they will affect you at tax time.  The good news is that you ca...

8 Essential To-Do’s After Accepting a College Admissions Offer

You are finally able to take a breath. Endless college essays, test scores, recommendations, and scholarship application...

How will financial aid impact my taxes?

Scholarships, grants, and fellowships (which fall under “gift aid”) are often described as “free money” since they don’t...

How the University of North Texas (UNT) helps students succeed financially

 Understanding basic money management skills like living within a budget and understanding credit and debt is very impor...

What should you do in college to maximize your success after graduation?

You might have heard the phrase before: “it’s not where you go, it’s what you do when you’re there.” While we should be ...

Introducing: Edmit Badges

Here at Edmit, we are dedicated to helping families make smarter financial decisions about one of the largest purchases ...

How Often are Financial Aid Appeals Approved?

Every colleges is a bit different when it comes to financial aid appeals. Some are very systematic and formulaic, while ...

Should I Submit FAFSA Even if I'm Not Applying for Financial Aid?

No one likes filling out the FAFSA - and you may be tempted to bypass this part of the college process if you think your...

What’s the Difference Between a College and a University?

In the U.S., many people use the terms “college” and “university” interchangeably. Here’s how a college is different fro...

Which College Majors Make the Most Money? The Answer May Surprise You

Which college majors pay the most?  Researcher Hannah Kwak looks into the top college majors in demand offering high ear...

Can Grandparents Deduct College Tuition?

If grandparents will be helping with college tuition, there may be gift tax implications.

Need Blind vs Need Aware Colleges

When it comes to financial aid, need blind colleges and need aware colleges approach admissions differently. Find out wh...

How Much Student Loan Debt is Too Much?

Here at Edmit, we are hearing from both parents and students that they are afraid student loan debt will harm their futu...

Can I Get a Scholarship for Video Games?

Talented e-jocks (aka competitive video gamers) may be eligible for university financial aid.   

Top Four College Tax Breaks: Do You Qualify?

If you’re a parent paying for college, I bet you feel like you could sure use a break. Well, you’re in luck. You might q...

How Can I Apply to College for Free?

If you’re a student getting ready to apply for college, you might experience some shock when it comes time to pay for th...

Western Colleges that Offer the Most Student Loan Assistance

Most every college and university in the United States provides need-based financial aid to students.  However, need-bas...

Colleges that Offer the Least Student Loan Assistance

Most every college and university in the United States provides need-based financial aid to students.  However, need-bas...

Southern Colleges that Offer the Most Student Loan Assistance

Most every college and university in the United States provides need-based financial aid to students.  However, need-bas...

U.S. Public Colleges that Offer the Most Student Loan Assistance

Most every college and university in the United States provides need-based financial aid to students.  However, need-bas...

U.S. Colleges that Offer the Most Student Loan Assistance

Most every college and university in the United States provides need-based financial aid to students.  However, need-bas...

Colleges That Cost More Than $60 To Apply To

So why is there a fee to just apply to college? An application fee is the cost that a school charges to review your appl...

Colleges That Cost Less Than $35 To Apply To

 

Colleges With No Application Fees

Before even deciding which college you ultimately want to attend, you have to apply to get in.

How Much Should I Budget for College Application Fees?

If your child is about to be college age, it’s likely you’ve been thinking about how to pay and budget for college.

How Can I Pay for College with Bad Credit?

If you are a parent of a soon-to-be college aged student, and you have bad credit, you might be worried that it will aff...

What is “Percent Need Met” in Financial Aid?

The price of attending a college or university is substantial, especially if you have to pay for school in full - meanin...

Do I Have to Wait Until Our Tax Return is Out to File FAFSA?

You may already know that the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, also known as the FAFSA, can be key to helping y...

Schools that Cover Most of Your Financial Need

College is an expensive adventure. The good news is that there are a lot of schools that aim to cover your financial nee...

Meet Your New Best Friend: Your Financial Aid Office

We often hear from families that they are confused about what the financial office actually does, and how to work with i...

Which Colleges in the West Award Merit-Based Financial Aid to the Most Students?

If you are applying to colleges in the West, then you may be wondering which colleges and universities in the region awa...

Colleges That Award Merit Scholarships to the Most Students

Learn which colleges award merit scholarships to the most students by public and private status and by location.

Which Colleges Award Merit-Based Scholarships to the Most Students?

If you are applying to college, then you may be wondering which colleges award merit-based scholarships to the most stud...

What is the Difference Between College Degrees?

Welcome to the world of higher education! There are so many options and so much terminology in this place, where do you ...

Edmit Wins Startup Competition at SXSWEDU

We're thrilled to announce that we won the best startup award at SXSW EDU last week in Austin!

Are there Estate Tax Benefits for 529 Plans?

If you are considering establishing a 529 college savings plan to finance a child’s higher education, then you may be wo...

Can I Have 529 Plans from Multiple States?

If you are evaluating 529 college savings plans to save money for a child’s higher education, then you may be wondering ...

How is Income Treated on the FAFSA?

If you are applying for financial aid to pay for a college education, then you may be wondering how your family’s income...

How Would Capital Gains Impact My Financial Aid?

If you are considering selling financial assets, such as stocks, bonds, or mutual funds, to pay for a college education,...

How Indiana University's MoneySmarts Program Helps Students Reduce Debt

 

8 Winning Strategies for Negotiating Your Merit Scholarship

The following post is written by Shannon Vasconcelos, Director of College Finance, College Coach.

What is an UGMA Account?

You may have heard the acronym “UGMA” in reference to saving for a child’s college education, but what does it mean?  Mo...

What is an UTMA?

You may have heard the acronym “UTMA” in reference to saving for a child’s college education, but what does it mean?  Mo...

What are the Lowest-Paying College Majors?

Among the many factors which can determine the value of your college degree, such as job satisfaction or personal aptitu...

What is a Coverdell ESA?

If you want to save money for a child’s college education, then you may be wondering about Coverdell Education Savings A...

What is a Research University?

With the incredible pool of colleges and universities available around the world, it can be daunting to even begin your ...

Why Would I Attend a School that Doesn’t Cover 100% of My Financial Need?

There are so many colleges in the United States and around the world all with their own unique qualities. For each futur...

What’s the Difference Between Getting 100% of Financial Need Covered and Getting a “Full Ride”?

Parents and students alike are looking to make college more affordable. There are a variety of ways that schools and sch...

What Does Demonstrated Financial Need Mean?

When applying for college or university, the first thing any student and family should do is complete the FAFSAⓇ. The FA...

What Does it Mean When a School Covers 100% of Need?

Going to college is expensive - or at least it can be. To combat this, there are some schools that claim to cover 100% o...

Schools that Cover 100% of Your Financial Need

We have great news! There are a lot of schools across the United States that cover 100% of student financial need.

What Can I Spend My Merit Award On?

If you have received a merit scholarship, first of all: congratulations!  Now you may be wondering what exactly you can ...

What is a Title IV School?

Title IV: You might have seen this term around during your college research. Whether or not your school of choice is a T...

Colleges & Universities that Offer the Largest Tuition Discounts to Low-Income Families

If you are interested in attending a public or private college or university, then you may be wondering which private in...

Do Merit Awards Affect My Financial Aid?

If you are applying to colleges, then you may be wondering if receiving a merit scholarship affects your financial aid. ...

How Many Merit Scholarships Can I Get?

If you are applying for merit scholarships, then you may be wondering if there is a limit on how many merit scholarships...

Do I Have to Pay Taxes on My Financial Aid?

If you receive financial aid to pay for your - or your child’s - college education, then you may be wondering if you nee...

What Documents Do I Need to Apply for Financial Aid?

Deciding how to finance your education can be a daunting task. You’ve done the hard part - you’ve earned the grades, you...

Does Financial Aid Cover Room And Board?

When researching the cost of college, most people focus on tuition rates. However, the total cost of college is based on...

10 States With Least Expensive Room And Board

At some universities, living in the college dorms is not only part of the university experience, but it’s also mandatory...

10 States With The Most Expensive Room And Board

If you’re thinking about going to college out-of-state or attending a college that requires students to live on-campus, ...

How Can I Apply for Merit Scholarships? (What Merit Scholarships Can I Apply For?)

If you are applying for college financial aid, then you may be wondering how you can apply for merit scholarships, and w...

How do I Qualify for a Merit Scholarship?

Did you know that some colleges award merit scholarships to more than 90 percent of students?  And that some schools all...

Colleges With Free Room And Board

When researching colleges, it’s equally important to look at rates for tuition and room and board. The average cost of r...

How To Pay For Room And Board In College

Many students find that their Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is much higher than anticipated, and they are left with...

What is a Merit Scholarship?

If you are applying to college, then you may have heard something about merit scholarships. But what are they, exactly? ...

What’s the Difference Between Merit-Based and Need-Based Financial Aid?

If you are applying for college financial aid, then you may be wondering what the differences are between merit-based an...

Paying for University of Alabama

The University of Alabama Office of Financial Aid has financial aid advisors available as well as a staffed computer lab...

Paying for Temple University

Temple University encourages its students to apply early for optimum financial aid consideration. This includes not only...

Paying for Emory University

Emory University’s Financial Aid Office links to several resources that will help you pay for your college career at Emo...

Paying for SUNY at Binghamton

SUNY Binghamton provides financial aid packages to its students based on both merit and need. Financial need is determin...

Paying for San Diego State University

San Diego State University provides financial aid to students to help pay for their education. Financial aid packages ar...

Paying for Fordham University

Fordham University provides many resources to help students navigate how they will pay for school. There is the Costs an...

Paying for Texas A&M University

Texas A&M University provides comprehensive financial aid packages to its incoming and continuing students. In order to ...

Paying for Rutgers University

Rutgers University’s Office of Financial Aid provides need-based financial aid packages to its students. These packages ...

Paying for Quinnipiac University

Quinnipiac University provides students with personalized admissions counselors  to help navigate the admissions and fin...

Paying for North Carolina State University at Raleigh

North Carolina State University at Raleigh offers many different ways to help students pay for their education. Students...

Paying for Michigan State University

Michigan State University provides several ways to help students pay for their education. Need-based aid is provided to ...

Paying for George Washington University

George Washington University works to help students navigate paying for their education. At GWU, students benefit from t...

Paying for Florida State University

Paying for Florida State University is easier with access to a wide variety of resources and programs. The FSU Admission...

Paying for Florida Atlantic University

Florida Atlantic University prospective students wishing to receive need-based aid must begin by filling out the FAFSA f...

Paying for Endicott College

Endicott College requires students to complete the FAFSA as well as Endicott’s own financial aid application in order to...

Paying for Drake University

Drake University Office of Student Financial Planning will help new, prospective, and continuing students navigate their...

Paying for Colorado State University

Colorado State University provides merit and need-based aid to its incoming students. Students wishing to be considered ...

5 Public Universities with Affordable Room and Board

According to the 2018 College Board Trends in College Pricing report, the average cost of room and board at four-year pu...

Do You Have to Pay Room and Board If You Live at Home?

Do You Have to Pay Room and Board if You Live at Home?

How Does Room and Board Affect the Cost of Attendance?

The Cost of Attendance (COA) is an estimate of all allowable costs (see more on allowable cost below) for the period of ...

5 Private Colleges with Affordable Room and Board

According to the College Board's annual Trends in College Prices study, the average room and board cost for private coll...

Can a 529 Plan Be Used to Pay for Room and Board?

What is a 529 Plan?

5 Things to Consider If You Plan to Live Off-Campus

Living off-campus has many perks including more space, privacy, and freedom than most on-campus dorms. However, not all ...

Can More than One Parent Borrow a PLUS Loan for the Same Year?

If you are considering obtaining a Parent PLUS Loan to finance your child’s college education, then you may be wondering...

Can Parent PLUS Loans be Written Off on Your Taxes?

If you borrowed money in the form of a Parent PLUS Loan to finance your child’s college education, then you may be wonde...

Paying for Purdue University (Main Campus)

Purdue University offers many ways to help students pay for their education at the University. Students are encouraged t...

Paying for The College of the Holy Cross

The College of the Holy Cross provides an assortment of ways to help students pay for their tuition and fees and related...

Paying for Ohio State University (Main Campus)

Ohio State University offers its admitted undergraduate students with its Tuition Guarantee which promises to keep tuiti...

Paying for Northwestern University

Northwestern University offers need-based financial aid to its incoming students. Although they recognize other outside ...

Paying for James Madison University

James Madison University provides several resources and programs to help its prospective and returning students pay for ...

Paying for Iowa State University

Iowa State University provides financial aid to its students and families to help pay for their education. Students can ...

Paying for Indiana University

Indiana University urges students to apply for financial aid early by submitting a FAFSA along with full application, in...

Paying for Georgia Institute of Technology

Georgia Institute of Technology awards financial aid packages to its students on a need and merit-based basis. First-yea...

Paying for Lafayette College

Lafayette College explains that as long as students meet all of the deadlines, if they are accepted to the school, Lafay...

Paying for Drexel University

Drexel University provides merit and need-based assistance to its students along with other types of financial assistanc...

Colleges & Universities that Offer the Largest Tuition Discounts to Middle-Income Families

If you are interested in attending a public college or university, then you may be wondering which public institutions t...

Which Private Colleges Offer the Largest Tuition Discounts to Middle-Income Families?

If you are interested in attending a private college or university, then you may be wondering which private institutions...

What Is Off-Campus Room And Board?

For students living off campus it’s easy to spend more than you would if you live on campus. When living on campus, room...

Colleges with the Least Expensive Room and Board Fees

For most colleges, room and board is among the most significant expenses. However, on this list, you’ll find the lowest ...

Colleges with the Most Expensive Room and Board Fees

Aside from tuition, room and board is the most significant expense at most colleges. At institutions with the highest ro...

Do You Get More Financial Aid If You Live Off-Campus?

Students live off campus for a variety of reasons, and it’s not always a personal choice. In fact, some universities don...

How Much Will Room & Board Cost Where I Live?

Aside from tuition, room and board is the most costly expense you’ll have in college. In addition to university fees, a ...

Should I Live On-Campus or Off-Campus?

For most college freshmen, the decision about where to live is relatively easy. Most campuses require first-year student...

What’s the Difference Between a Public and Private University?

If you are applying to colleges, then you may be wondering what the differences are between public and private instituti...

Paying for Miami University-Oxford

Miami University-Oxford stands behind its Tuition Promise that states that their tuition and fees will remain the same f...

Paying for Marist College

Marist College requires students to fill out the FAFSA in order to be considered for need-based aid. Once this form is f...

Paying for Lehigh University

Lehigh University helps incoming students pay for their education in a variety of ways. While the Admissions Office offe...

Paying for Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins University Financial Aid Department provides financial aid to its students based on a need-blind process, ...

Paying for Dartmouth College

Dartmouth College will meet the full financial need of all accepted applicants. In fact, “At Dartmouth, free tuition is ...

Paying for College of William and Mary

William and Mary’s Financial Aid Office offers Financial Aid Guides for students and parents and a Frequently Asked Ques...

Private Colleges that Offer a Prepaid Tuition Plan or Tuition Guarantee

If you are considering attending a private college or university, then you may be wondering which private schools allow ...

Which Colleges Offer Tuition Guarantees?

If you are applying to college, then you may be wondering which schools offer tuition guarantees.  If you want an assure...

Which Colleges Offer Prepaid Tuition Plans?

If you are applying to college, then you may be wondering which schools allow students to pay tuition via a prepaid tuit...

How Does Household Income Correlate to EFC?

For families applying to college, the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is a critical metric in determining eligibility...

What is a Prepaid Tuition Plan?

A prepaid tuition plan allows a student to pay the same tuition rate for every year that he or she attends college.  Unl...

What is a Tuition Guarantee?

Colleges that offer tuition guarantees allow students to pay the same tuition rate for every year that they attend colle...

How Much Does Room and Board Cost for College?

It’s time to apply to college. Chances are, like most future undergraduate students, you plan to apply to multiple schoo...

Can I Use My 529 Plan for K-12 Expenses?

If you’re a parent saving for college, you may be using a 529 college savings plan. These plans, also known as Qualified...

Should I Consider a Home Equity Loan or Line of Credit to Pay for College?

If you own your home, then you may be wondering if the equity in your home can (or should) be leveraged to pay for colle...

To Whom Can I Transfer the Money in a 529 Plan?

A 529 plan, which includes both 529 college savings plans and 529 prepaid plans, allow individuals to contribute money t...

What Financial Aid Opportunities are Available for Immigrants or Their Children?

There are four main categories of immigration status and each immigration category allows for different financial aid op...

What Happens to Parent PLUS Loans if You Die?

If you borrow money in the form of a Parent PLUS Loan to pay for your child’s college education, then you may be wonderi...

What is the FAFSA Asset Protection Allowance? (and Why It Matters)

To apply for federal financial aid, you are required to report nearly all of your assets on the Free Application for Fed...

Where can You Use a 529 Plan?

While most people think of a 529 plan when applying to a college or university, the truth is that you can use a 529 plan...

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