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HOW TO PAY FOR COLLEGE

Everybody Pays: College Costs Beyond Tuition

Families budgeting for college are right to focus on the steep cost of tuition—but what about all the other costs a student may encounter, especially if they’re moving away from home? Our finance expert (and parent to a recent high school graduate) fills us in on what to include in college student budgets.

Posted on July 17th, 2024 by Robyn Stewart, College Finance Consultant
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COLLEGE ADMISSIONS CONSULTING

Should I Take Online Courses this Summer? | College Coach Blog

Summer is a time to stay active by exploring interests, serving the community, getting work experience, or learning. Online courses may be a convenient way to pursues academic interests or college credit courses.

Posted on July 12th, 2024 by Alexandra Rendon, College Admissions Consultant
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HOW TO PAY FOR COLLEGE

Net Price Calculators: The Good and the Bad

Net price calculators (NPCs) can be useful tools to estimate college costs, but they’re not without their flaws. Our finance expert shares the good and the bad when it comes to NPCs.

Posted on July 10th, 2024 by Beth Feinberg Keenan, College Finance Consultant
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COLLEGE ESSAYS

Why NOT to use AI in Your College Essays

AI may seem like a solution to college applicants who struggle with essay writing, but the end result may hurt your application rather than help it.

Posted on June 28th, 2024 by Emily Toffelmire, College Admissions Consultant
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COLLEGE LOAN ADVICE

What Happens After Committing to a College: Financial Edition

After a student has committed to a college, there is still plenty to do, from finalizing a loan strategy to finding on-campus employment.

Posted on June 25th, 2024 by Robyn Stewart, College Finance Consultant
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CHOOSING THE RIGHT COLLEGE

Top Interdisciplinary College Programs to Study Business and STEM

Business and STEM are two popular interdisciplinary programs for college students who want to round out their education. Let’s explore some of the top programs.

Posted on June 21st, 2024 by Kimberly Asselta, College Admissions Consultant
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COLLEGE LOAN ADVICE

Updates for Borrowers Planning for Student Loan Forgiveness

Our college finance expert dives into an explanation of SAVE Plan highlights and the rollout of benefits for borrowers.

Posted on June 18th, 2024 by Michelle Clifton, College Finance Consultant
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APPLYING FOR FINANCIAL AID

Behind the Scenes of the 2024-2025 FAFSA Updates

What has changed about the FAFSA with the new (very delayed) form? We break down the good and not-as-good updates families can expect.

Posted on June 12th, 2024 by Jess Mosley, College Finance Consultant
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HOW TO PAY FOR COLLEGE

Hidden Gems: Tuition-Free Colleges

Despite the rising cost of tuition, there are still a handful of colleges out there that offer a four-year education at zero cost to students.

Posted on June 6th, 2024 by Marina Zaretskiy, College Finance Consultant
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CHOOSING THE RIGHT COLLEGE

How to Find an LGBTQ+ Supportive College

As part of your college search for LGBTQ+ supportive colleges, be sure to read the university’s non-discrimination policy and mission statement.

Posted on May 31st, 2024 by Jennifer Simons, College Admissions Consultant
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