Financial Aid



 

With the tight economy, budget cuts, loss of staff, and more work than ever before, college financial aid and high school counselors offices are finding it harder and harder to meet all the demands of students and parents when they are looking at planning for college. Students bombard these offices on a daily basis with questions concerning choosing the right college, filling out financial aid forms correctly, and determining which schools the family can afford. There are many free resources that college and high school counseling staff members can turn, to help ease a large part of the burden. Many of these websites provide excellent services to students and families as they struggle with huge decisions they must make for their child's future. Let's get the word out to students about these resources.

  • Princeton Review
    www.princetonreview.com/colleges-majors.aspx
    Find colleges by filtering on a student's academic and extracurricular history.
  • Cappex
    www.cappex.com
    Easy to use calculator which tells a student's chances for admission to a college.
  • YOUniversity TV
    www.youniversitytv.com
    Take video tours of campuses across the nation.
  • Zinch
    www.zinch.com
    Create self-marketing profiles resembling college applications which students can send to colleges and/or colleges can use to reach out to students.

Now that a student has researched colleges, "toured campuses", found out if they would be eligible for admission, and created a self-marketing profile, now it's time to determine how the family is actually going to pay the cost of education. Filling out the financial aid forms correctly can be a daunting task. Searching for scholarships can be overwhelming. Reading an award letter can be confusing. Knowing how much debt to carry over 4+ years of study can seem impossible to figure out. There are free resources that are available that can help students and families make important financial decisions.

  • TuitionCoach
    www.tuitioncoach.com
    Offers free web tools to help students calculate the best way to lower college costs and avoid common mistakes on financial aid forms.
  • Scholarships.com
    www.scholarships.com
    Comprehensive scholarship search for students of all ages.
  • TuitionAdjuster
    www.tuitionadjuster.com
    A website that calculates the monthly loan pricetag and creates a paying-for-college plan in 3 easy steps.

The earlier a family starts planning and researching colleges and universities and using free tools for planning and paying for that experience, the more prepared a student will be for their future

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