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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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of parents plan to cover all college costs

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

$320,000+

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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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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November 24, 2021 | Uncategorized

How grandparents can help with college costs without hurting financial aid chances

Upcoming changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will make it easier for grandparents, aunts and uncles, godparents and anyone else outside the nuclear family to help with college costs without hurting eligibility for financial aid. Before explaining the change, it’s important to understand what the situation is right now. Currently, parents are supposed to share on...
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October 19, 2021 | Admission practices

Applying early decision and early action, part II

In my last college blog post, I wrote about the pros and cons of applying to college early decision. Here is more to consider before you apply early decision or early action to college: 1. While students who apply early decision to a college must promise to attend the school, as a practical matter, a college can’t force an accepted...
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October 19, 2021 | Admission practices

18 things to know about applying early decision to college

Applying early decision to college is often a highly effective way to increase the odds of getting accepted at many schools that offer this admission option. At plenty of colleges, applying early action can also boost admission odds. Not surprisingly then, teenagers are increasingly applying early decision and early action to schools and the pandemic helped escalate this trend. Applying...
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