Financial Aid

At Last, Your Financial Aid Ordeal Has Gotten Easier

on Sep 23, 2016 at 06:24 PM in Financial Aid, College-bound Seniors

Applying for financial aid and choosing a college in the United States is still much too complicated, but some long-overdue reforms are finally underway, and in the nick of time.

Change is coming, and even if it is imperfect and incomplete, it is definitely welcome.


"Public Ivies" or the very best state universities

on Sep 22, 2016 at 10:25 PM in Financial Aid, College Search, College-bound Seniors, Merit Aid

Where are your chances of admission highest among the best public universities?


Least Expensive Public Universities

on Sep 20, 2016 at 10:07 PM in Financial Aid, College Search, College-bound Seniors

Least Expensive Public Universities


Snapshot of Financial Aid at Selective Colleges

on Sep 16, 2016 at 10:13 PM in Financial Aid, College Search, College-bound Seniors

On her DIY blog, Michelle Kretzschmar emphasizes colleges that accept at least 50% of applicants and graduate at least 50% in four years at a private college or five years at a public university or an engineering program. But in this list she looks at more selective colleges, but still from the perspective of net cost to the student.


Merit Aid - Links to Institutional Grants

on Sep 08, 2016 at 08:21 PM in Financial Aid, College-bound Seniors, Merit Aid

This list of merit scholarships at many of the country’s top national universities (not liberal arts colleges) may require a separate application (sometimes not), but the extra work is worth it- many of these scholarships are full rides and then some!


Merit Aid- 50 Best Colleges per Money Magazine

on Sep 08, 2016 at 08:06 PM in Financial Aid, College-bound Seniors, Merit Aid

The 50 Best Private Colleges for Merit Aid: if your family makes too much to qualify for need-based aid but you still want help with college costs, consider these schools, all of which land in the top half of MONEY's rankings, and have merit aid budgets. Their average merit grant is at least $6,000 a year, and at least 20% of undergraduates are awarded one. Typically, your odds for merit aid are best at schools where your grades and test scores put you in the top 25% of the applicants pool.


Avoiding FAFSA mistakes

on Oct 22, 2014 at 01:09 PM in Financial Aid


Colleges to avoid when searching for financial aid

on Oct 21, 2014 at 01:43 PM in Financial Aid

List of 15 schools that skimp on meeting need and offering merit aid


NY Times guide for families who haven't saved for college

on Oct 21, 2014 at 01:27 PM in Financial Aid, Interesting Articles

In just a generation or two, we’ve gone from students working their way through college without too much trouble, to many parents still being able to write checks to cover tuition out of current income, to sticker prices being so high that two decades of savings may not be enough to cover two children from relatively affluent families.


Categories of Financial Aid

on Oct 14, 2014 at 04:50 PM in Financial Aid