Financial Aid

In this generation, the most significant element of choosing a “best fit” college is matching your budget with the rising cost of a college education.  Many students drop out of college simply because of  financial obstacles.  Did an important scholarship run out? Are cuts to education grants affecting your bottom line?  The wise consumer will be realistic about college costs and do the necessary research.

I have years of experience working as a Financial Aid Director, so I  can help you navigate the financial aid maze. There is scholarship and grant money out there. I can help you find it. I understand the subtle intricacies of the ever-changing federal and state financial aid landscape.  It can be overwhelming.

The cost of a college education is soaring!  Recently, the College Board reported that average in-state tuition and fees at four-year public colleges surged 8.3 percent this fall.  The State of California is driving this national average upwards.  If you exclude the State of California from the reported 8.3% tuition and fee increases in 2014-2015, the national average is only an overall 7%.  This is significant.

For the past 5 years, public education costs have steadily increased, as compared to private not-for-profit universities.  Whether it is the weakened economy, swelling enrollment due to high unemployment, budget slashing for education, or government spending waste, the bottom line is that it is getting more difficult to financially access a higher education.

2016-2017 FAFSA

2017-2018 FAFSA (opens Oct. 1, 2016)

CSS/Financial Aid Profile  (used by private institutions along with FAFSA)

Tips to Maximize Aid Eligibility

MORE Tips to Maximize Aid Eligibility

Emanicipation for Increased Financial Aid Eligibility

The Financial Aid Handbook: Getting the Education You Want for the Price You Can Afford

Scholarship Resources

List of Scholarships Available to CA Residents

The following sites provide matching scholarships based on surveys. Some charge a fee.

www.collegeanswer.com
www.studentaid.ed.gov
www.fastweb.com
www.finaid.org
www.collegeboard.com
www.petersons.com
www.wiredscholar.com
www.scholarships.com
www.csac.ca.gov
www.findtuition.com

School Affordability Analyzer: Great for planning college costs: Go to www.CollegeAnswer.com/afford

Check this website out to check for a scholarship scam: www.nacac.com/preventscams.html