Webcast Tonight on Paying for College: The Secrets and Surprises

Our next ExpertAccess webcast -- "Paying for College: The Secrets and Surprises" -- will show you how to:

  • Reduce your college costs by thousands of dollars each year
  • Learn which colleges consistently deliver aid to families earning $100,000 annually and which will disappoint $25,000-a-year families
  • Identify which admission strategies work at all schools and which popular strategies do not work at any

Larry Dannenberg, one of the nation's leading experts on financial aid who has spoken on NPR and Fox TV, will help families understand the forms, the formulas, and the loans. You'll be surprised to learn how colleges will look at you and how you can optimize your chances of getting financial aid.

WHEN: Tuesday, November 19 @ 8 pm ET

Click here to register for FREE now! 

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With Financial Aid Deadlines Approaching, Take Advantage of these Insider Tips

Is this what's on your mind?

Now that the majority of college deadlines have passed, is it time to sit back with a sense of self-satisfaction on all that you have accomplished? Absolutely. But for many students, financial aid deadlines are still looming, as are concerns as to whether or not college dreams will be dashed by insufficient aid. As schools continue their own struggles to meet rising costs while faced with an increasing demand for financial aid by its applicants, it becomes ever more important to understand how schools are basing their aid decisions.

An article in the NY Times Choice Blog by Martha Merrill and Elaine Solinga, dean of admission and director of financial aid at Connecticut College, respectively, offer some insider tips on how to fill out these all-important forms:

  • Each school’s policies are different. Connecticut College belongs to a handful of colleges that has a no-loan policy for families with incomes less than $50,000, making it an attractive option for students looking to avoid federal loans.
  • Be accurate and on time. While you may be feeling burnt out from getting all those applications in on time, don’t give in to the temptation to take the financial aid form less seriously. The earlier you can file your tax return and put together an accurate reflection of your family’s circumstances, the sooner you can get that needed rest, and breeze through the rest of your senior year.
  • Ask questions. Getting help filling out the financial aid form is not like getting help on your college applications. Ask those supporting you to pitch in, and when in doubt, contact the school. Schools know that these forms can be complicated, and they usually have dedicated staff to field your questions and keep your information correct and up-to-date.

You’ve made it this far. Don’t give up now. Soon enough, you’ll be sitting back wondering what you were so stressed out about.

Did you know that CEO includes hundreds of hard-to-find scholarship questions in its database? It makes it that much less stressful when applying for financial aid.

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