College Planning: What to Expect at Orientation

Apr 30, 2014 10:51:00 AM

Your child has finally been accepted to college and its only a few months until your little bird flies the nest. Even so, the college planning isn't over yet. Going to college can be both an exciting and nerve-wracking experience for students and parents, especially if your child will be living on campus. College orientation, which is mandatory at some schools and optional at others, is intended to help your child make a smooth transition into college. 

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Topics: College Planning

What's included in your financial aid award

Apr 9, 2014 9:11:00 AM

Understanding your child’s financial aid award is probably more daunting than completing all the admission requirements to get him or her into college. Basically, the financial aid package includes the state and federal funds to pay your tuition as well as any awards the college is giving you from their own funds. Keep in mind that the money in the award may not (and usually doesn't) cover the entire tuition or even your family's Expected Family Contribution, as determined by the Federal Department of Education when you submit the FAFSA. So you and/or your child may have to figure out how to pay the remaining balance.

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Topics: College Financial Aid, Financial Aid Award Letters