College Expenses: Planning Ahead is a Must
Jul23

College Expenses: Planning Ahead is a Must

How America Pays for College 2013” is a national study released by Sallie Mae that gives us a look college costs and who’s paying. In addition, the report indicates that 85% of parents believe that a college education is a smart investment. As you plan your college visits, be sure to go prepared with a list of questions about financial aid and scholarships.   Infographic – click to enlarge   Explore the infographic above (click on the image to open) to see how the parents surveyed report on where the money comes from when it comes to financing a college education. College Money Tip: Watch your expenses. Take out only the amount of student loans you need to cover college costs. Some students felt that a 3.4% rate justified using student loan money to cover living expenses, but that isn’t a sound strategy any more. Consider living at home, sharing a room, and take full advantage of your meal plan. Using student loan money to go out for pizza every week could cost you a lot of money in the long run. — Jodi Okun, College Financial Advisors What are you doing to save for college? Please share your thoughts and tips in the comments section...

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College Visits: Hot Travel Topic on Twitter Chat
Mar25

College Visits: Hot Travel Topic on Twitter Chat

Kim Orlando, founder of TravelingMom.com (a terrific resource for family travel planning) invited me to join her and other moms of teens to chat about  planning college visits on her weekly #TMOM Twitter Party.  Here are the details: WHEN: Monday, March 28, 9-10 pm ET (8-9 pm CT; 7-8 pm MT; 6-7 pm PT) HASHTAG: #TMOM #COLLEGE For more information, go to: March 28 Twitter Party: College Visits and be sure to RSVP on the Traveling Mom site to put your name in the hat to win a prize! If you've never participated in a #TMOM Twitter Party, then you're in for some fun! Expect to come away with some great tips on planning family travel and campus tours.   Disclosure: I am a member of the TravelingMom Blogger Network and my articles appear under the handle: CollegeVisit Traveling Mom. Twitter handles to follow: @collegevisit @travelingmoms @kimorlando @CindyRichards *** College Visit Related Reading Wrapup from Theresa Smith's #CollegeChat: 7 Things to Know before You Embark on Your First College Visit on Pathway Communications College Tour Tip: Schedule Department Meetings Two Weeks in Advance Top 5 Questions to Ask about Financial Aid:...

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Candidate Reply Date: May 1 Countdown Begins
Apr26

Candidate Reply Date: May 1 Countdown Begins

May 1, the National Candidate Reply Date, is just six days away. By May 1, students who have been offered  admission by a college or university will need to have notified the school whose offer they are accepting by returning the acceptance form and sending in the necessary tuition deposit. Students who have been wait-listed by their first-choice schools should decide which offer to accept from their pool of second-choice schools extending an offer of admission. Replies and deposits are due by May 1 to colleges nationwide. It’s likely if you are a student who has been wait-listed, you won’t hear about whether or not your status changes from wait-listed to offered until sometime well after the first of May and, for many, the wait can extend into July before notifications will be sent. If you are still on the fence about which offer of admission to accept, it’s a good idea to revisit the school or schools you are evaluating. If there’s not enough time to do so before the end of this week, then review notes you made from any prior visits. Did you use a college visit evaluation form or take any photos? Can you recall what it was that made you want to apply to a particular school? Which school is the best fit financially? The college countdown has begun, but the journey is your own and it’s likely that you have many good choices. As corny as this sounds, college, like most things in life, is about what you make of it–you just have to make the May 1 deadline to get going on that journey. Related articles: How to Improve Your Chances of Admission when Wait-Listed Wait-Listed? Don’t Take it Personally Top 5 Steps to get off the Wait List Top 5 Questions to Ask about Financial Aid: Parent-to-Parent Keeping Track of College...

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