In order to secure the federal direct student loan for freshman year of college, students must complete entrance counseling and the master promissory note.
Financial aid and scholarship eligibility – Understanding which colleges will be most affordable and cost effective starts with an understanding of the different types of financial aid and whether or not your family is eligible for need-based aid.
IDOC and the federal verification process is what you can expect to tackle once the FAFSA, CSS Profile, and any other financial aid forms are submitted. Here is what you need to know.
Admissions, Financial Aid, and Scholarship Timeline. Deadlines are paramount. Knowing what is around the corner will help limit the stress and anxiety of this process!
How I was accepted at Vanderbilt, Carnegie Mellon, NYU, BU, Michigan and more! Take a few minutes to learn what advice Lucy Altus has for college applicants and and how she was able to have so much success in the financial aid and admissions process.
Thank you to Magda for sharing her story with the CFS community. Not all schools will conduct themselves as American University did in this situation. Having said that, we always want to shine a light on the fact that, although they are in the world of academia, colleges are very much BIG BUSINESS and are very much concerned about their own bottom line. Ensure that you are prepared accordingly.
We survey parent’s at the end of every year. Matt shares the biggest piece of advice from parent’s who have just gone through the college process.
If you are a family who will not be eligible to receive need-based financial aid, it is even more important to be strategic with college selection. Be sure some of your colleges also offer merit aid, as that is where you will see your discounts.
Make sure you’re staying ahead of the curve. Here is a look at the monthly checklist every CFS family gets.