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  • What About Study Abroad?

    With the world becoming more of a global economy, employers are looking to hire employees that have intercultural experience.  Globalization demands employees navigate the waters of cultural sensitivity, communication and understanding.  That said,...
  • Help! I’ve Been Selected for “Verification”!

    If you have received a notice from your college financial aid office that you have been “selected” for verification, you may feel overwhelmed.  Perhaps you thought the financial aid process was over.  After all, you filled out your taxes...
  • Is There Financial Aid For Trade Schools?

    With the rising cost of college tuition and mounting student debt, attitudes are shifting on whether a college degree is truly the “ticket to the middle class.”  A survey published in the Pew Research found that only 38% believe that a...
  • What Retirement Strategies Are There For Financial Aid?

    There are several, but one example is your IRA (Individual Retirement Account).  You can actually use your yearly contribution to your IRA to help with lowering your EFC (expected family contribution) and shelter money from the prying eyes of the college...
  • How far in debt will I go?

    Perhaps you’ve heard the horror stories of college graduates with loads of debt by graduation day.  Are these stories true?  In some cases, yes.  A recent survey of 750 colleges by Fidelity Investments found that “70% of the class of 2013...
  • Should I take out a private loan to pay for college?

    The big day finally arrives and you find yourself holding the financial aid award letter from your college of choice.  This is the one that you’ve been waiting for!  As you scan the myriad of numbers on the page, your eyes settle on the bottom figure...
  • Subsidized or Unsubsidized Loan?

    Google the phrase, “Stafford loans,” and you’ll receive hundreds of hits about rate increases on student loans taking place.  However, the information is confusing and searching the Internet doesn’t help any.  CNN posted that rates on “nonsubsidized...
  • Financial Aid Sleight-of-Hand

    So, you’ve finally received your financial aid award letter.  Congratulations!  As you read through the letter, you may see a myriad of terms and abbreviations that can challenge even the best financial planner.  Award letters are as unique...
  • Comparing Award Letters

    So, the moment has arrived.  A financial aid award letter has arrived in your mailbox!  Ripping it open, perhaps you find columns of numbers or financial aid jargon that only makes your head spin.  Grants, loans, scholarships, work-study… How do...
  • FAFSA Myth #4, The FAFSA is too Complicated to Do

    Let’s face it, government forms can be intimidating, confusing and leave the uninitiated a little overwhelmed.  However, the FAFSA form is relatively simple to fill out.  If you’ve filed your taxes before, many of the questions will be familiar...

What About Study Abroad?

Posted by maxblogfinaid | On: Aug 10 2014 | Comments (0)
With the world becoming more of a global economy, employers are looking to hire employees that have intercultural experience.  Globalization demands employees navigate the waters of cultural sensitivity, communication and understanding.  That said, the benefits...

Help! I’ve Been Selected for “Verification”!

Posted by maxblogfinaid | On: May 05 2014 | Comments (0)
If you have received a notice from your college financial aid office that you have been “selected” for verification, you may feel overwhelmed.  Perhaps you thought the financial aid process was over.  After all, you filled out your taxes early and...

Is There Financial Aid For Trade Schools?

Posted by maxblogfinaid | On: Feb 19 2014 | Comments (0)
With the rising cost of college tuition and mounting student debt, attitudes are shifting on whether a college degree is truly the “ticket to the middle class.”  A survey published in the Pew Research found that only 38% believe that a college education...

What Retirement Strategies Are There For Financial Aid?

Posted by maxblogfinaid | On: Jan 04 2014 | Comments (2)
There are several, but one example is your IRA (Individual Retirement Account).  You can actually use your yearly contribution to your IRA to help with lowering your EFC (expected family contribution) and shelter money from the prying eyes of the college FAO (financial...

How far in debt will I go?

Posted by maxblogfinaid | On: Nov 24 2013 | Comments (0)
Perhaps you’ve heard the horror stories of college graduates with loads of debt by graduation day.  Are these stories true?  In some cases, yes.  A recent survey of 750 colleges by Fidelity Investments found that “70% of the class of 2013 is graduating...

Should I take out a private loan to pay for college?

Posted by maxblogfinaid | On: Sep 17 2013 | Comments (0)
The big day finally arrives and you find yourself holding the financial aid award letter from your college of choice.  This is the one that you’ve been waiting for!  As you scan the myriad of numbers on the page, your eyes settle on the bottom figure that reads,...

Subsidized or Unsubsidized Loan?

Posted by maxblogfinaid | On: Jul 09 2013 | Comments (0)
Google the phrase, “Stafford loans,” and you’ll receive hundreds of hits about rate increases on student loans taking place.  However, the information is confusing and searching the Internet doesn’t help any.  CNN posted that rates on “nonsubsidized...

Financial Aid Sleight-of-Hand

Posted by maxblogfinaid | On: Apr 24 2013 | Comments (0)
So, you’ve finally received your financial aid award letter.  Congratulations!  As you read through the letter, you may see a myriad of terms and abbreviations that can challenge even the best financial planner.  Award letters are as unique as the...

Comparing Award Letters

Posted by maxblogfinaid | On: Mar 16 2013 | Comments (0)
So, the moment has arrived.  A financial aid award letter has arrived in your mailbox!  Ripping it open, perhaps you find columns of numbers or financial aid jargon that only makes your head spin.  Grants, loans, scholarships, work-study… How do you make sense...

FAFSA Myth #4, The FAFSA is too Complicated to Do

Posted by maxblogfinaid | On: Feb 20 2013 | Comments (0)
Let’s face it, government forms can be intimidating, confusing and leave the uninitiated a little overwhelmed.  However, the FAFSA form is relatively simple to fill out.  If you’ve filed your taxes before, many of the questions will be familiar to you. ...