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Financial Aid: Quick Tips

Financial aid comes with a lot of mysteries for most students ready to enter college for the first time. But, there are really just a few important facts that you need to remember, and you will be able to easily take care of one of the daunting, necessary steps for beginning your college career. First, start with applying for aid from the Department of Education. This is easily done by using their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which may be found online at Don’t make the mistake of thinking that this is the only aid you can receive. Many states offer tuition benefits, as well. In addition, check into local community programs, churches, and more. Stafford...

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5 Tips to a Successful College Application Process
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The best way to help ensure a successful college application process is through proper time management.
Public domain photo, by Bartosz Kossakowski.

Applying for college takes a concerted effort from students, parents, and college administrators. Managing it all can seem overwhelming at times. However, here are 5 tips to keep in mind to help you organize your college application process.

1) Plan ahead – The earlier you begin the each part of the process, the more time you will have to complete each task.

2) Take your SAT and/or ACT early – Sit { } for a SAT and/or an ACT exam before your senior year, if possible. If you feel you need to raise your score, you can try again early in your senior year.


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Your Expected Family Contribution: The Importance of EFC

A guest post by Michelle Kretzschmar, creator of the DIY College Rankings Spreadsheet. What are the three most important letters to start your college search process? SAT or ACT? With the number of colleges going test optional each year? Nope.  GPA? Well I can’t deny that it will be a significant factor but not the most important in starting your search. What then? EFC. These three letters should be accounted for about the same time you take the PSAT, if not sooner. EFC stands for Expected Family Contribution and is the basis for what the college will eventually charge you. Unfortunately, too many families don’t encounter their EFC until they submitted their FAFSA. This is generally...

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