FAFSA changes will affect college planning

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by F. Marc Ruiz Times Columnist Mid-fall is a special time for many families of college-bound high school seniors, as early acceptance letters for universities are being received and I’ve been enjoying the Facebook posts of proud students announcing their plans for next year. The experience of receiving a first-choice acceptance notice is one of the true joys of parenthood. …

Tips to being a smart college shopper.

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Be a Smart College Shopper: Don’t overbuy your college tuition. Know that a low tuition doesn’t mean a low quality of education. Don’t buy solely based on a brand name or random statistics. Avoid “impulse buying” – geography, alma mater, etc. Avoid “dumb shopping” – buying based on name of university and not based on the program. Some unknown colleges/universities …

Make your holiday break count.

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| Make your holiday break count | Staying up late, sleeping in, resting, regrouping, and relaxing are probably on every student’s to-do list. A break from school, whether it be high school or college, is a great respite. By all means, enjoy the time off but once you have been able to sleep in and recover from final exams, what …

Average Students: Where do they fit in?

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Average students: Where do they fit in to the whole college admissions equation? Ask new residents how they ended up in a particular neighborhood and no doubt good schools and education will come up in the equation. You may be blessed to live in an area with high educational standards and achievement but recognize that that can be a challenge …

Happy New Year. Now fill out that FAFSA!

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January 1 – Happy New Year’s! Don’t forget to get started on those important New Year’s resolutions – exercise more, eat healthier, get more sleep, get better organized, etc. Enjoy the day but don’t forget something very important – get that FAFSA completed. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid can be submitted on January 1st (midnight to be exact) …