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The FAFSA Simplification Act – Upcoming FAFSA Changes

With the FAFSA Simplification Act comes a host of changes to the way federal student...

4 min 11/21/2022

Video: How to Complete the IDOC Financial Aid Verification Process

How to Complete the IDOC Financial Aid Verification Process     The college financial aid application process is...

3 min 11/17/2022

How Home Equity Affects The CSS Profile

How Home Equity Affects the CSS Profile. Will the equity you’ve built in your home impact...

4 min 11/17/2022

CAP Report Card – Merit Scholarship Transparency Rankings

 The Importance of Transparency College Aid Pro’s (CAP) Mission is to End the Student Debt Crisis...

11/02/2022

Pros and Cons of FAFSA’s Data Retrieval Tool

The FAFSA leverages a tool called the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) to make...

11/02/2022

College Applications and Financial Aid for Transgender Students

A Transgender Student’s Guide to Shopping, Applying And Paying For College. While more and more students...

4 min 11/01/2022

IDOC and FAFSA Verification

Getting all of your financial aid forms completed and submitted is a major milestone. A...

4 min 10/25/2022

Net Price Calculators: Part of the Problem, Not the Solution

Our core belief at CAP is that students and families can make smart, fiscally sound...

4 min 10/24/2022

FAFSA Changes 2023-24: What You Need To Know

The Federal Student Aid office recently announced FAFSA changes that will go into effect for...

4 min 10/07/2022

2023-2024 CSS Profile Dos, Don’ts, and Updates

The 2023-2024 CSS Profile is available on October 1, 2022. Before you dive head first...

3 min 09/30/2022

CAP Data Update! Admissions, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

“Have you started looking at colleges yet?” I remember asking my daughter this question 3...

3 min 09/28/2022

How to Make a College Education Affordable

Flip or scroll through the news, and it won't take you long to find some...

4 min 09/19/2022

What Divorced, Separated and Two Household Families Need To Know About the FAFSA and CSS Profile

What Divorced, Separated and Two Household Families Need To Know About the FAFSA and CSS...

09/13/2022

Comparing All Student Loan Programs: Private Student Loans vs. Federal Loans

The truth is that most college-bound students and their families will face a funding gap...

09/13/2022

Understanding Federal Student Loan Options

Many college-bound families look to federal student loans provided by the U.S. Department of Education...

09/13/2022

How much is too much to borrow for college?

For most families, student loans must be part of the college-funding conversation. Through careful planning...

3 min 09/13/2022

A Quick Guide To The Financial Aid Appeals Process

You can amend your financial aid package based on your student’s application or a change...

09/13/2022

How To Navigate Financial Aid Appeals With Your College-Bound Student

Negotiation is an art.  Lawyers negotiate contracts, deals, and settlements on behalf of their clients, real...

09/13/2022

The Final College Choice – 12 Important Things to Consider

As we get close to May 1, National College Decision Day, the final college choice...

4 min 09/13/2022

FAFSA Verification – What It Is, How to Handle It, and Why Parents Shouldn’t Freak Out

When applying for financial aid, you are submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid...

3 min 09/13/2022

Can High SAT Scores Help Your College Admission Chances?

High SAT scores can be very advantageous in your student’s college search process. They can...

09/12/2022

Student Loan Forgiveness: What You Need To Know

  President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday, August 24, 2022, that a student loan forgiveness plan...

09/12/2022

Parents and Dependents: Clarifying Relationships in Financial Aid Reporting

When dependent students apply for financial aid whether through the FAFSA or CSS Profile, they...

3 min 09/08/2022

The 3 Different Types of Expected Family Contribution Explained

  Need-Based Financial Aid Let's drill down a little bit further on need-based financial aid. As a...

3 min 09/08/2022

FAFSA Mistakes To Avoid

Every October 1st, the FAFSA onslaught begins. Articles and social media posts pop up about...

3 min 09/08/2022

Quirks of the Financial Aid Application: Answers to Some Common FAFSA Questions

When you think about financial aid, “quirky” might not be the first word that comes...

3 min 09/08/2022

Applying for Financial Aid: FAFSA and CSS Profile

 Today we're talking about applying for financial aid. Let's be honest -- no parent or student...

3 min 09/08/2022

Getting a Division 1 Athletic Scholarship

Getting a Division 1 athletic scholarship is not an easy task. However, if your student...

09/08/2022

Athletic Scholarships 101

Athletic scholarships for college are often misunderstood and assumed to be more available than they...

3 min 09/08/2022

What are National Merit Scholarships?

Most families in the college application process have heard the term "National Merit Scholarship" float...

3 min 09/08/2022

Do National Merit Finalists Get Full-Ride Scholarships?

Do National Merit finalists get full-ride scholarships? In some cases, yes! Previously, we wrote about what ACT...

3 min 09/08/2022

Can My Kid Get a Full-Ride Scholarship?

I was listening to a financial call-in program the other day and the topic of...

3 min 09/08/2022

What Are Talent Merit Scholarships?

Does your student have a special skill they have developed for years? Have they practiced...

3 min 09/08/2022

What Are Competitive Merit Scholarships?

When most people think about merit scholarships, they think of a competitive elimination process where...

09/08/2022

A National Merit Scholarship Success Story

I always love when parents share a merit scholarship success story! This one is from...

3 min 09/07/2022

How to Find Full Ride Scholarships

Full-ride scholarships pay the full price of attending a college.  This usually includes tuition, fees,...

09/07/2022

Top Two Resources for Finding Automatic Merit Scholarships

With the cost of college continuously on the rise, many college-bound students and their parents...

09/07/2022

When Your Expected Family Contribution is Too High

When Your Expected Family Contribution is Too High When your expected family contribution is too high...

4 min 09/07/2022

5 Things Parents Need to Know About Private Scholarships

This was originally written for and published by Saving For College. When families think about bridging...

09/07/2022

Pros and Cons Of Test-Optional College Admissions

Pros and Cons Of Test-Optional College Admissions For years, students and parents have railed against the...

09/07/2022

All About the Money: 3 Important Financial Questions You Should be Asking When Picking a College

College is an investment. And like all other investments, you should expect to get a great...

09/07/2022

Research and Compare 529 Plans

Browse 529 plans by state   A 529 Plan is a college savings account that is funded...

09/07/2022

What Expenses Can Be Paid from a 529 Plan?

Up to this point, parents have SAVED for college and SHOPPED for college. Suddenly, you...

09/07/2022

Grandparents and 529 College Savings Plans: What You Need to Know

Grandparents want to help. They see the expense ahead for their kids to pay for...

09/07/2022

What’s a 529 Plan? 5 Easy Ways to Start Saving For College

It’s no secret that college tuition is continuing to increase dramatically year over year. For...

09/07/2022

Make College Funding a Breeze: Find These 5 Types of Merit Scholarships

Merit scholarships can be one of the best ways to make college affordable, especially if...

09/06/2022

What ACT or SAT Score Will Get You a Full-Ride Scholarship To The School Of Your Dreams?

There are still colleges in the United States that offer full-ride scholarships to attract students...

3 min 09/06/2022

How Will I Know If I Qualify For Need-Based Financial Aid?

Will we qualify for need-based financial aid for college? – A question on the minds...

09/06/2022

What is the FSA ID? Why do you need one?

Thank you for joining us for this brief video with our very own Fairy Godmother...

09/06/2022

Prior-Prior Year (PPY) : What It Is and Why It Matters to College Financial Aid

It seems like in the world of financial aid there's always one question that bubbles...

09/05/2022

Understanding the Expected Family Contribution in FAFSA

Have you heard the term Expected Family Contribution on TV or on social media and...

09/05/2022

How The Class of 2023 Can Pave An Affordable Path To College

If you’re the parent of a rising high school junior or senior, this blog is...

09/05/2022

Does Saving for College Reduce Financial Aid?

Parents regularly express frustration to me, for having been penalized for saving for their child’s...

09/05/2022

What You Need to Know About College Application Season

The fall 2023 enrollment season is here! This time brings a flurry of excitement, nerves,...

09/05/2022

Winning the College Finance Game: Maximize Your Family’s Financial Aid Package

First thing's first – don’t feel ashamed if you’re more than a little intimidated by...

09/05/2022

Do You Still Need Strong Test Scores for College?

How much do your standardized test scores matter? The short answer: A lot. But it’s complicated. SAT...

09/05/2022

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