We break down the EFC formula, including how to determine your Available Income, Contribution from Assets, and Student Contribution. …
By Meredith Clement    |
Before borrowing, take into consideration what you expect to make in your first job, what your loan payment will look like when you graduate, and what you estimate your other future expenses to be. …
By Lisa Rooney    |
We break down the most common examples, including books, laptop, travel, dorm needs, parking fees, and food and beverage. …
By Lauren Danz    |
Determine each school's total cost including billed and unbilled expenses, determine each school's net cost including grants and scholarships, and determine any future year net cost changes by speaking to the financial aid office. …
By Amy Staffier    |
We discuss work study, the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship, how scholarships affect financial aid, subsidized vs unsubsidized loans, Federal Direct Loan limits and interest rates, MA state aid, and how to use your college savings funds. …
By Meredith Clement    |
The Director of Financial Aid at Brandeis University discusses her journey to Boston College from a community college, adjustments she faced after transferring, the benefits of the Commonwealth Commitment, and potential challenges for community college students. …
By Julie Shields-Rutyna, Catherine Nelson    |
Calculate your EFC by entering your state of residence, the number of people in your household, the number of children you anticipate to be in college, information about the finances of the student's parents, and financial information for the student.…
By Meredith Clement    |
We asked financial aid administrators at three different Massachusetts colleges how they would respond if a perspective student appealed for more financial aid. Answers ranged from not matching another school's offer to potentially granting more moderate requests. …
By Jonathan Hughes    |
Tips include creating a spreadsheet, starting local then expanding, searching scholarship databases, and creating an account. …
By Lauren Danz    |
Students complete steps to earn a chance for a scholarship of up to $40,000, including building a college list, practicing for the SAT, improving SAT scores, strengthening their college list, completing the FAFSA, and applying to colleges…
By Jenny Caccavale    |