Financial Aid Articles

10 Colleges With SMOKIN’ HOT Financial Aid Packages

The Princeton Review has come out with a list of 10 colleges that offer students especially generous financial aid packages. As you look at the list below, remember—generous financial aid packages go to families who apply for them. Parents, please—always fill out the...

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There’s Medical-Based Financial Aid? YES!

If your child has even a relatively minor medical problem, he or she may qualify for medical-based financial aid to help pay for college. The key thing you need to know is—medical-based financial aid isn't applied for the regular way (through the FAFSA form). Families...

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What’s the #1 Best-Selling College Financial Aid Book?

In 2021, my book LAUNCH hit #8 on Book Authority's list of 51 Best-Selling College Financial Aid Books of All Time. I was excited! But then I thought: "OK—which book is the #1 best-selling college financial aid book of all time?" I was overjoyed to see that the #1...

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Debt-Free College Training—Fast and Easy

Watch just one of the short, succinct video trainings below, and you'll be on the fast track to getting the kids you love through college debt-free.  If you've got a bright, capable middle schooler or high schooler headed for college—you're probably wondering, "How...

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College Financing: Should Kids Just Do It Themselves?

Some parents try to save a little time, energy, and money by putting their kids in charge of planning their own college financing.  “She's nearly an adult—let her figure it out herself and live with the consequences,” some parents think. But—is it actually a good idea...

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How Filling Out the FAFSA Protects Your Kid

How Filling Out the FAFSA Protects Your Kid

Filling out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) sounds like the best deal in the world.  Honestly. You as a parent spend just a little bit of time entering information into a clear, safe online form, and a kid you love magically gets put in line for...

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Should You Fill Out the FAFSA on Your Phone?

Should You Fill Out the FAFSA on Your Phone?

Should you fill out the FAFSA on your phone? On October 17th, 2018, I was invited to guest post on the blog of Certified Financial Planner™ Mike Branch of Focus Financial in Minneapolis. Mike has been an extraordinary mentor to me as I've plumbed the depths on how to...

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That Local State University May NOT Be Your Bargain Option

That Local State University May NOT Be Your Bargain Option

Many parents have only one strategy for lowering college costs. Send the kid to the local state university. But is your local state university actually your bargain option — considering all the factors involved? The hidden costs of state university nobody talks about...

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Can Parents Call the College Financial Aid Office?

Can Parents Call the College Financial Aid Office?

If you're parenting a teen, there's a good chance that sometime during the winter of your child's senior year of high school, you're going to be flipping through documents called "financial aid award letters." You'll have a "financial aid award letter" from every...

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One Call Can Increase Admissions Chances 40%

One Call Can Increase Admissions Chances 40%

Weeks or months after your daughter has finished up all her college applications, you may find yourself wondering, "Is there anything else she can do to increase admissions chances -- well after her applications have been submitted?" Yes there is. Research shows that...

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7 Reasons to Fill Out FAFSA — Even If You’re Rich

7 Reasons to Fill Out FAFSA — Even If You’re Rich

This article was originally posted here on October 2nd, 2017. It was updated and re-posted here on September 12th, 2019. You’d love for your son to get loads of free money financial aid to help him pay for college, but you’re pretty sure he won’t qualify for much....

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Want More College Money? Avoid These Costly FAFSA Mistakes

Want More College Money? Avoid These Costly FAFSA Mistakes

This article originally appeared on this blog on September 25th, 2017. It was updated and reposted here on August 30th, 2018. If you’ll have one or more kids in college next fall—please plan to get your family first in line for financial aid money by filling out the...

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Why You Should Never Cosign a Student Loan

Why You Should Never Cosign a Student Loan

Parent, I urge you: DO NOT cosign a student loan for your child. Today I'm featuring information from an article by nationally syndicated radio host and author Clark Howard. I consider this to be must-read info for every parent. After you read below, you can find...

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Which Colleges Are Still Taking Applications?

Which Colleges Are Still Taking Applications?

Ben and his parents sat up late at their dining room table, combing through all of Ben's college financial aid numbers one more time. Ben's dad ran his fingers nervously through his hair. The problem? It was already summer, and every college that had accepted Ben for...

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Urgent Financial Aid Info For Parents

Urgent Financial Aid Info For Parents

Will your child will be headed to college (or technical school) in the fall of 2017? If so, I have important financial aid information for you. 1. If you haven't done so already, it's important that you fill out the FAFSA financial aid form right now. You can make...

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Ordinary Students—Extraordinary Financial Aid

Ordinary Students—Extraordinary Financial Aid

You'd love for your son to get loads of free money financial aid to help him pay for college, but you're pretty sure he won't qualify for much. Your family lives comfortably, after all. You aren't poor. You wonder if filling out financial aid forms is even worth your...

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Buy LAUNCH Before 1/11/17 — Get Bonuses Worth $248

Buy LAUNCH Before 1/11/17 — Get Bonuses Worth $248

Today I'm announcing the extra bonuses your family will receive if you purchase LAUNCH by January 11, 2017. Bonus #1 You and your immediate family will be invited to attend an online MasterClass with live Q&A with me, the author -- at no charge to you. This online...

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URGENT Info For Parents of 9th Graders

URGENT Info For Parents of 9th Graders

This article was originally published here on November 28th, 2016. It was updated on August 20th, 2019. Today I have urgent college financial aid info for parents of 9th graders. Yes, I'm serious, 9th graders. There's something that you need to know right now—so you...

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5 Things to Do With That Student Aid Report (SAR)

5 Things to Do With That Student Aid Report (SAR)

This article about the student aid report was originally posted here on October 24th, 2016. It was updated and reposted here on October 17th, 2018. About 2–3 weeks after you fill out the FAFSA financial aid form for your college-bound high school senior or current...

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5 Places to Get Help With College Financial Aid Forms

5 Places to Get Help With College Financial Aid Forms

Are you filling out financial aid forms for a kid who'll be in college next fall? Great. The fall before he or she enters college is the perfect time to do that. But what do you do if you get stuck? Where do you go to get help with college financial aid forms? Here...

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Want More Scholarships? GPA Matters Less Than You Think.

Want More Scholarships? GPA Matters Less Than You Think.

You'd love for your college-bound teen to get more scholarships, but you worry that his GPA just isn't high enough. Am I right? Well, worry no more. Good news. There are thousands of college scholarships available to students with GPAs as low as 2.50. I'll give you...

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3 Ways KIDS Can Get More Financial Aid For College

3 Ways KIDS Can Get More Financial Aid For College

Is your child a senior in high school, or older? This post is part 2 of a 2-part series on what to do each September to make sure the FAFSA form you fill out in early October will get your child maximum financial aid for college. To read part 1 of this very important...

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Top 5 Lies We Tell Kids About College

Top 5 Lies We Tell Kids About College

This post is a scary one. But read all the way down to the red print at the bottom and I'll give you a boatload of hope about college. 1. "If you don't get into a good college, you won't be able to get a good job when you graduate." This statement is completely and...

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What Does ROMANCE Have To Do With Financial Aid?

What Does ROMANCE Have To Do With Financial Aid?

This article was originally posted here on February 15th, 2016. It was updated and re-posted here on February 1st, 2018. In just a matter of days or hours, Valentine's Day will be over for another year. Tissue paper from wrapped gifts will litter the bedroom floor,...

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Your Kid Actually CAN Get Through College Debt Free

Your Kid Actually CAN Get Through College Debt Free

I'm always most able to inspire people when I talk to them face-to-face. The video above gives me the chance to do that, for you, right now. Click the play button above now; watch for just two minutes. And let this excited, hopeful feeling wash over you:  Kids at all...

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A Big Announcement and a Favor

A Big Announcement and a Favor

Today I have a big announcement to make!  And a quick favor to ask. First, an exciting update  For the last year, I've been on a beeline to having my book LAUNCH:  How to Get Your Kids Through College Debt Free and Into Jobs They Love Afterward out in December of...

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“HELP! My Parents Are Refusing to Help Me!”

“HELP! My Parents Are Refusing to Help Me!”

This article originally appeared here on November 19th, 2015. It was updated on September 26th, 2019. A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post for parents who erroneously believe that if they'll just refuse to put their financial info on their child's FAFSA form, their...

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Can’t My College Kid Just Declare Independence From Me?

Can’t My College Kid Just Declare Independence From Me?

This article originally appeared here on November 2nd, 2015. It was updated on September 26th, 2019. The dad was smiling at me, like he had a special secret that no one else knew. He folded his arms, rocked back on his heels, and got ready to tell me just why he was...

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Parents of 10th Graders, There’s Urgent News for You.

Parents of 10th Graders, There’s Urgent News for You.

I know that your child has barely started high school, and I know that his dorm move-in day is three whole years away. I know it might seem like the last thing you need to be thinking about right now is college, but this is not true. Because of changes to the college...

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Two Words That Can Turn YOUR TEENS Into Millionaires

Two Words That Can Turn YOUR TEENS Into Millionaires

13-year-old Chicago resident Michael wanted to become a millionaire, but he didn't want to work 86 years at the Illinois minimum wage in order to get there. How could this middle schooler accomplish his goal without turning to crime or workaholism? This inspiring...

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