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Determining your Financial Aid Eligibility – A Critical Step in the College Search Process

Could you imagine walking into a high-end car dealership with no idea if the price of the car is going to be $60,000 or $30,000 until after you have done the test drive, talked to the sales manager, and done a credit check? Well, that’s somewhat like what the college financial aid system is like except it can be multiplied by 4-5x of those amounts or more for the 4 years of college.

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Financial Aid Strategies: Fact vs. Fiction

A question we receive often at Campus Bound is from families wondering what the best ‘strategy’ is for applying for financial aid. When you google financial aid strategies you are inundated with personal opinions about the financial aid process. Some of these articles are curated by professionals with years of experience in the field while others are written by individuals without credentials. Either way, it can be hard to know who to listen to and what information is valid.

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What’s your college budget? How are you going to pay for college?

By Gregg Cohen, Campus Bound Founder and President

 

At Campus Bound, we believe that finding a college that ‘fits’ each individual is extremely important.   There are 3 core areas to determine if a college will position a student for a successful college journey and beyond.  The first two – the academic program and non-academic factors such as size, geography and school culture, tend to get a great deal of attention and discussion.  The third, the financial fit, often times does not receive the due diligence it deserves.

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Setting Your College Financial Plan Early

By Campus Bound Founder, President and Financial Aid Lead, Gregg Cohen

I’ve heard people use the expression that being a parent can bring some long days but short years.  The time can fly and there is no way to slow it down.   Having helped thousands of people with the financial side of college, I know that many feel the same way about the prospect of paying for college.   Generally speaking, this isn’t a deadline you can move.  Unlike your retirement, where you may decide to delay a couple of years or get a second job, the first college bill will come quickly, in the summer after high school graduation.

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How Families Can Prepare For College Costs Now

Ever since your children were born you’ve been doing an impressive job holding the cash flow together.   But does it feel like sometimes that you are bringing in money with a tablespoon and it is going out with a shovel?   It can be so difficult to meet regular living expenses. Then throw in your mortgage, retirement goals, extra-curricular activity expenses such as club teams, cell phones, holidays, the occasional vacation and whatever you can do to provide yourself a little entertainment. Perhaps you even try to put some money into college savings. But now college tuition bills are on the horizon and that is going to throw off the balance in a big way.   The shovel is about to be exchanged for a front-end loader!!!

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