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students at 4-yr private and public colleges transfer out

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A bachelor’s degree at popular colleges now exceeds $320,000

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1 Out of 3

students at 4-yr private and
public colleges transfer out

Only 41%

of students at 4-year colleges
graduate in 4 years

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A bachelor’s degree at the most popular colleges now exceeds $320,000

Only 29%

of parents plan to cover all
college costs

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October 13, 2022 | Uncategorized

Applying Early Decision: Advantages and Disadvantages

From Applying early decision to college is often a highly effective way to increase the odds of getting accepted at many colleges that offer this admission option. At plenty of colleges, applying early action can also boost admission odds. Students and parents, who are interested in applying early decision or early action, need to know the advantages and disadvantages of...
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September 20, 2022 | Academic majors

Check the Return on Investment (ROI) for Colleges and Academic Majors

College degrees cost too much to ignore the return on investment (ROI) for colleges on your list, as well as the ROI for a particular academic college major. Luckily, a handful of resources, which rely on federal data, can help you pinpoint the ROI for not only specific colleges, but also academic majors within particular schools. Return on Investment (ROI)...
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July 11, 2022 | Applying

CollegeData:  Evaluating A College’s Financial Aid and Merit Scholarships

How do you research financial aid and merit scholarships that a student might get at individual colleges and universities? With college sticker prices continuing to climb, it’s an important question to ask because the financial aid and merit award policies at schools will vary widely. Not knowing how to research the generosity or stinginess of individual colleges can cost you...
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March 4, 2022 | Admission practices

TuitionFit: How to find better college award offers in minutes

By now, most students, who will be college freshmen in the fall, have received their award letters from colleges. Families, however, are at a disadvantage when they look at these college awards. They typically have no idea if the offer of financial aid or a merit scholarship is a good one. Families don’t know if teenagers with similar financial circumstances...
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January 11, 2022 | Admissions

Reach, target and safety schools: Don’t slip when creating a smart college list

A critical part of the college search process is creating an excellent list of colleges, which often includes reach, target and safety schools. Families often slip badly on this extremely important yet tricky task of pulling together a solid college list. If a teenager creates a problematic list, parents can easily pay too much money for college. One of the...
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December 2, 2021 | Uncategorized

Quick way to capture a 529 tax break when a student is in college

An easy way for you to cut your college costs can be as easy as depositing money into a 529 account for  just 24 hours. After moving money into a 529 account, many savers can quickly turn around and withdraw the cash to pay for their child’s college tuition and other qualified expenses. Here’s why you would want to make...
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