February 2, 2018

When you excitedly clicked on that e-mail or ripped open that thick envelope, you probably focused all your attention on the first word: "Congratulations!"  With luck, though, there was more to come, in the form of a merit scholarship.  These awards are often a kind of tuition discount, given to ent...

January 2, 2018

The internet is filled with college searchers, finders, matchers and comparers.  Just type in a few pieces of statistical data, and your perfect college list emerges!  

But does it?  While websites can provide valuable information, let's remember that statistics alone can't fully represent eit...

December 1, 2016

Many families are shocked when they find their student’s dream school costs $55,000, $60,000 or more. A clear understanding of the student’s aid options is a must.  And for many wealthier families, merit money will prove the key for their students.

First, the basics:  The two largest sources of colle...

October 1, 2015

Over the last few years, the media has been full of accounts of students who take on huge loan commitments to complete college – students graduating with $60,000, $80,000, $100,000 or more in debt.  These stories are scary but need not be your student’s fate!  Here are some important things to keep...

May 1, 2015

The Baby Boomer generation -- aged 55 to 69 -- is sitting on huge assets accumulated through the go-go years of the economy.  Sometimes college students are lucky enough to have Boomer grandparents who wish to cover some of their bills. What is the best way for these grandparents to help without jeo...

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