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A Smart Scholarship Search Strategy for RI Students

Mar 5, 2020 3:52:43 PM

Didn’t get as much merit or financial aid as you were hoping for and want to decrease the out of pocket expense coming due this summer on you college tuition bill?  SCHOLARSHIPS!

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Topics: Scholarships, Money Management, Applying for Aid

Holiday Break To Do List

Dec 23, 2019 2:00:00 PM

Not the traditional list of shopping, wrapping gifts, baking traditional treats and preparations for winter break get-a-way. This is more of a reminder list to take advantage of some downtown over the holidays to be sure everything is on track for college planning. We’ve put together a quick list for both Seniors and Juniors.

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Topics: College Planning, SAT & ACT, Parents and College Planning, Applying for Aid, FAFSA

Financial Aid 101 - The Highlights

Dec 5, 2019 1:00:00 PM

'Tis the season to talk financial aid and the experts from our College Planning Center have been talking about financial aid with students and families, one-on-one, as well as in group presentations at local high schools almost daily since September and are still going strong.

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Topics: College Financial Aid, Financial Education for Students, Parents and College Planning, Applying for Aid

EFC: How Much Will You be Expected to Pay for College?

Nov 22, 2019 12:30:00 PM

EFC is the acronym for Expected Family Contribution, which answers the question, how much will college cost my family? This is not an easy figure to arrive at, without knowing the factors and figures needed for the formula, but with the help of our EFC Calculator we can walk you through this step-by-step in just a few minutes so you can arrive at an early estimate before receiving your award package.

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Topics: College Financial Aid, College Planning, Applying for Aid, FAFSA

FAFSA Help is Here

Nov 7, 2019 1:30:00 PM

The RISLA College Planning Center will once again be hosting FAFSA Completion Events across the state of Rhode Island to help students, parents, and adult learners with completing the FAFSA. The FAFSA, formally known as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is the first step to applying for college financial aid. All schools use this application for awarding federal student aid dollars and many also use it for awarding their own institutional funds. EVERYONE should complete a FAFSA to be considered for financial aid.

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Topics: College Financial Aid, College Planning, Parents and College Planning, Applying for Aid, FAFSA

CSS Profile - What is that and why do I need to know about it?

Oct 24, 2019 1:15:00 PM

In simplest terms, the CSS Profile form is an additional requirement for many private schools when applying for financial aid. The CSS Profile administered by the College Board is required by about 400 colleges and universities to determine aid eligibility for non-government financial aid. Click here to see if your school requires a CSS Profile and be sure to check the school’s deadline.

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Topics: College Financial Aid, College Planning, Parents and College Planning, Applying for Aid

Applying for Financial Aid is Well Worth the Effort!

Oct 24, 2017 2:48:00 PM

One of the biggest mistakes college bound students and their families make is that they don't apply for financial aid because they don't think they will qualify. But we have got news for you: EVERYONE should apply for financial aid for college.  If you think your family makes too much money or somehow doesn't fit the "financially needy" persona, you still could be eligible to receive aid. Use every opportunity you can to get funds to pay for college. You have nothing to lose by submitting an application!

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Topics: College Financial Aid, Applying for Aid