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FAFSA Delays Stressing You Out? 3 Ways to Take Advantage of The Extra Time

How to Leverage the FAFSA Delays Applying for student financial aid can be both overwhelming and...

02/15/2024

FAFSA Frustrations? 4 Common Problems & Fixes for the New 2024 Form

FAFSA 2024: 4 Recurring Frustrations and How to Fix Them The FAFSA application process is a...

01/25/2024

Understanding College Financial Aid Award Letters

Decoding College Financial Aid Letters Congratulations! You've been accepted into college, and now it's time to...

01/18/2024

I Got Deferred or Waitlisted, Now What?

The college admissions process is overwhelming. Once you tackle applications and submissions, you begin the...

3 min 12/20/2023

Your Complete Guide to College Acceptance Letters

College Acceptance Letters: A Complete Guide Congratulations! All your college applications are in. Now comes the...

3 min 12/11/2023

Finding the Right College Match

Find Your College Match Searching for the right college match with your high schooler can be...

3 min 12/07/2023

Unleash Your Potential: What GPA Secures Your Spot? Cracking College Admissions

College admissions - it's a nuanced beast if you are a high school student or...

2 min 12/04/2023

Unlocking Early Admissions: Essential Tips for Early Action and Early Decision Success

The journey to college can be both exciting and overwhelming, and understanding the timelines for...

2 min 11/30/2023

College Cost Clarity: Sticker Price vs. Net Price

Sticker Price vs Net Price: Making Sense of College Costs Are you a parent of a...

11/08/2023

Decoding Net Price Calculators: The Good, the Bad, and the MyCAP Difference

Net Price Calculator's vs. MyCAP SAI Estimates You’ve heard the expression “less is more?” Well, sometimes...

3 min 11/01/2023

Which Colleges Require the CSS Profile for Financial Aid and Why?

What Colleges Require the CSS Profile for Financial Aid? When it comes to applying for financial...

10/23/2023

Your Complete Pell Grant Guide: Are You Eligible?

Your Complete Pell Grant Guide: Are You Eligible? In today's world, the cost of college continues...

4 min 10/06/2023

When Is the FAFSA Due?

When Is The FAFSA Due If you’re in the throes of college application season, then you’re...

2 min 10/02/2023

What is Financial Aid and How Does It Work? Your Comprehensive Guide to College Affordability

Embarking on the journey to higher education is an exciting chapter in a student's life....

09/25/2023

How Much Financial Aid Can You Get? Cracking the Code on College Costs

As a parent, you want the best for your child's future, and higher education is...

09/25/2023

Do You Have to Pay Back College Financial Aid? Your Comprehensive Guide

Do I Have to Pay Back College Financial Aid? College education can be an expensive endeavor,...

4 min 09/21/2023

What is the FAFSA? The Essential Guide For Success

If you're a parent with a child heading off to college or one already there,...

09/15/2023

What is the CSS Profile? Mastering the CSS Profile for Maximum Aid

When it comes to financing your education, there's more to consider than just tuition fees....

3 min 09/14/2023

FAFSA Frustration: 10 Common Mistakes You Can Avoid

  Are you feeling the pressure of impending college costs? You’re definitely not alone. The road...

09/13/2023

Beyond Race: What the Supreme Court’s Affirmative Action Decision Means for College Applicants

The Supreme Court's Decision on Affirmative Action and Its Impact on College Admissions For those who...

3 min 09/01/2023

Understanding the PSAT: What High Schoolers Need to Know for Success

If you're a high school student, you've probably heard of the PSAT. But what is...

08/23/2023

Unlocking College Affordability with MyCAP: A Personalized Approach to Financial Planning for Higher Education

I think we can all agree on the importance of college for some students as...

08/09/2023

The Vital Role of the College Essay: A Key Component in the New Admissions Landscape

It's August and college application season has officially begun- whether you're ready for it or...

4 min 08/03/2023

Smart Strategies for Using Your 529: From College Tuition to Roth IRA Contributions

Congratulations on having saved for college. The addition of 529 savings to your plan gives your...

3 min 07/21/2023

Extracurricular Activities – What Do Colleges Really Want to See?

Many college-bound students who are gearing up to go to apply to competitive schools lean...

3 min 07/18/2023

College Aid Pro’s FREE Summer College Bootcamp for Parents and High Schoolers

Click Here to Register Do you have a high schooler, particularly one who is possibly interested...

07/13/2023

Public vs Private Colleges – Is There A Difference?

  The U.S has over 4000 colleges and universities. If you've started researching colleges in order...

4 min 07/12/2023

Complete Breakdown of College Application Deadlines

Understanding the different types of college application deadlines If your student is just beginning their college...

06/29/2023

Preparing for the FAFSA Changes – Tips and Timelines to Ease Your Stress

Summer is in full swing and rising high school seniors are, no, let me rephrase,...

3 min 06/22/2023

How To Start Shopping For College

So, you’ve been talking to your kid about the future and it’s become pretty clear...

06/09/2023

Comparing Student Loan Programs: What option is best for you?

Imagine it - your child applies and gets accepted to their dream school AND is...

06/01/2023

Beginner’s Guide to Federal Loan Options – What Works Best for You?

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

06/01/2023

Student Loans – Discover the Smart Way to Borrow for College

The Current State of Student Loan Debt in America As of 2022, there was $1.6 trillion...

3 min 06/01/2023

How to Prepare for College: What my High Schooler Should be Doing this Summer

Ah summer. The sun is shining, you’re spending more time out and about, getting in...

05/31/2023

Federal Direct Student Loan Entrance Counseling and Master Promissory Notes

How Do I Finalize My Federal Direct Student Loan? At College Aid Pro™, we believe...

3 min 05/24/2023

The New Digital SAT- What You Need to Know

Do you have a love-hate relationship with the SAT like many college bound students and...

05/19/2023

Tuition Reciprocity Programs – Can You Get A Better Deal Out of State?

Cost of tuition is a major factor into many families’ final decision of where to...

05/15/2023

College Planning For the International Student – An Interview With Kristi Steele

Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking with Kristi Steele of KC360, who specializes in...

05/09/2023

Pre-paid Tuition Plans – Is it Smart to Buy In?

What is A Pre-Paid Tuition Plan? A pre-paid tuition plan is an account to save to...

6 min 05/05/2023

College Aid Pro’s $1,000 No Essay Scholarship And Award Analyzer Update

We wanted to share a quick update with our families on our $1,000 No Essay...

3 min 05/02/2023

13 Ways To Successfully Pay Your College Bill

So your student has been accepted to college - Congrats! Celebrate their accomplishments and then...

7 min 04/26/2023

What is A Financial Safety School? Should You Have at Least One on Your College List?

A “financial safety” school is a college that you know your family can afford. It...

04/20/2023

Are Summer Programs at Universities Worth it for High Schoolers?

Every parent wants their high schooler to have a smooth transition to college. They want...

04/18/2023

Acceptance Letters VS Financial Aid Letters

What's the Difference Between an Acceptance Letter and a Financial Aid Letter? https://youtu.be/wAZJZKREB4w Acceptance Letters An acceptance letter...

4 min 04/14/2023

Decoding Dual Enrollment and AP Classes for High Schoolers – Is There an Ideal Option for You?

Students are increasingly being given the opportunity to take advantage of advanced courses in high...

04/13/2023

Weighted and Unweighted GPAs – Let’s Clarify Their Impact on Merit Money

Merit Scholarships: How do Colleges look at Weighted and Unweighted GPAs? Merit scholarships are a great...

04/07/2023

How to Use MyCAP’s Award Analyzer – Is Your Financial Aid Offer Worth Appealing?

https://youtu.be/xp4mSKmRo1s Hey Seniors! Congrats on making it to the last semester of high school!  You're almost...

4 min 04/04/2023

Creating Your Senior Year Class Schedule – What Do You Really Need to Take?

Many high school juniors, preparing to determine their senior year class schedule, are asking:  “What classes...

03/30/2023

Financial Aid Guidance for Divorced or Separated Families

https://youtu.be/9BqeeULhB4Q   What Constitutes a "Divorced or Separated Family" for College Financial Aid? Colleges don't see a difference...

6 min 03/27/2023

College Aid Pro Reviews

College Aid Pro Reviews Our mission is to end the student debt crisis. We aim to...

03/23/2023

Will Saving For College Hurt My Financial Aid?

https://youtu.be/uPtAdmQ7XZg Is Saving for College a Bad Idea? NO!  Saving for college is a good idea- and...

3 min 03/20/2023

Confused by the Appeals Process? A Step By Step Guide for High School Seniors

Congratulations Class of 2023 - you’re on the home stretch! High school graduation is right...

5 min 03/15/2023

MyCAP Award Analyzer- Did YOU get a Fair Financial Aid Offer?

https://youtu.be/rpxjE84I1kQ CAP's new Financial Aid Award Analyzer in the Evaluate & Appeal module allows you to...

2 min 03/13/2023

Keep Your Sanity While Planning For College – Our Top 5 Tips for Success

This one’s for all you parents out there starting the college planning and application process...

3 min 03/09/2023

Financial Aid Appeals – Evaluate Your Options with our New Awards Analyzer

“The great aim of education is not knowledge but action.” – Herbert Spencer We created the...

3 min 03/06/2023

What Is Appealing? Can I Get More Money?

https://youtu.be/m8zZndLlGHw Appealing- Can you really go back and ask a college to give you more money...

03/03/2023

Senioritis – Is it Really A Big Deal?

Senioritis. Parents across the country have heard of it. High school teachers dread it. It's a...

3 min 02/28/2023

Federal Student Loans – Are They a Good Choice for You?

https://youtu.be/Eni29XqVAco What are Federal Student Loans? These are loans given out by the federal government.  It's the...

7 min 02/23/2023

CAP Projections: A Deep Dive into College Aid Pro’s Data Collection

At College Aid Pro, we pride ourselves on creating sound data sets that power easy-to-use...

3 min 02/21/2023

7 Simple Tips for International Students Looking at US Colleges

In the US, we take for granted the quality of many of our higher education...

5 min 02/16/2023

Create your College Budget – Understanding what YOU can Afford

https://youtu.be/9bSwtaktfDA We know no one likes to talk about budgets, but shopping for college requires understanding...

02/14/2023

College Aid Pro’s FREE College Winter Bootcamp for High Schoolers and Their Families

  Click Here to Register Do you have a high schooler, particularly one who is in the...

02/09/2023

6 Steps to Great Recommendation Letters

If you have an upperclassmen high school student who will be working on college applications...

02/02/2023

Free Money for College: Understanding Grants and Scholarships

  Free Money for College: Understanding Grants and Scholarships All schools offer free money, or "gift aid"...

02/02/2023

Grades Really Do Matter – Junior Year of High School Is Important!

As a former high schooler and the mom to two current high schoolers, I’ve heard...

3 min 01/27/2023

Can You Ask A College For More Free Scholarship Money?

What happens when you receive a scholarship award – but it’s still not enough to...

3 min 01/25/2023

Demonstrated Interest and How It Affects College Admissions

Demonstrated Interest and How It Affects College Admissions In this video, we'll explore how demonstrated interest...

01/20/2023

“My College Budget” Makes Paying For College Easy For Your Student

Everyone has heard "paying for college" horror stories. Families spend a full summer (sometimes longer)...

4 min 01/17/2023

What is an EFC and What Does it Mean For You?

In this video, we're going to take a look at what is an EFC and...

01/11/2023

Does Appealing For More Financial Aid Affect Admissions

Are you unsure if appealing for more financial aid affects your admissions decision? Watch this...

01/09/2023

What is a 529 Plan?

What is a 529 Plan? In this video, we'll explain what a 529 is and how...

01/06/2023

What is the Data Retrieval Tool in FAFSA?

  In this video, we'll discuss what to know about the Data Retrieval Tool and how...

01/06/2023

Understanding Financial Aid Award Letters And How To Compare Them

College admissions can start to roll in in the month of December every year and...

4 min 01/05/2023

Student Loan Forgiveness Update 12/1/2022

For those waiting on federal student loan forgiveness, there have been some bumps in the...

4 min 12/12/2022

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

The CSS Profile and the FAFSA have very different requirements and how they calculate your...

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

7 New FAFSA Changes You Need To Know

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

4 min 10/07/2022

Filling Out the CSS Profile Dos, Don’ts, and Updates

  The 2024-2025 CSS Profile is available now. Before you dive headfirst into filling out this...

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

6 Tips to Ensure You Don’t Go Broke Paying for College

6 Tips to Ensure You Don't Go Broke Paying for College Flip or scroll through the...

4 min 09/19/2022

What you Need to Know About Completing the CSS Profile or FAFSA with Divorced or Separated Parents or Two-Household Families

Financial aid forms can seem tricky for any household, but this is especially true for...

09/13/2022

How Much Can I Borrow? Student Loan Tips

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

3 min 09/13/2022

How to Write a Letter of Appeal for Financial Aid

Was your expected family contribution (EFC) too high and now you’re left with a too-little...

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

What College Should I Go To? 12 Important Things to Consider

As we get close to May 1, National College Decision Day, deciding where to go...

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

Do you find this article helpful? Imagine what you could learn from Matt, along with...

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. Not the most exciting topic, but we...

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...

4 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 Student Aid Index or SAI is Too High

When Your Student Aid Index (SAI) is Too High Are you left scrambling after filling out...

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, adapted and expanded for...

09/07/2022

The Pros and Cons of Being Waitlisted From a College Funding Perspective

Every year, countless students are waitlisted at major colleges and universities across the country. When...

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

Understanding Your 529 Plan: Qualified Expenses and More

What Expenses Can Be Paid from a 529 Plan? Up to this point, parents have SAVED...

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

The 3 Best Free Online Resources for Athletic Recruiting

The best resources for athletic recruiting vary from athletic recruiting service websites to school sites...

09/06/2022

Ways to Pay for College: 5 Types of Merit-Based Scholarships

Merit scholarships can be one of the best ways to pay for college, especially if...

09/06/2022

How to Get a Full-Ride Scholarship from Your ACT or SAT Score

Wanting to get your student a free college education? Who doesn’t! The fact is, there...

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

The 5 Types of Need-Based Financial Aid for College-Bound Families

Types of Need-Based Financial Aid When you receive a need-based financial aid package from a college,...

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

Expected Family Contribution (FAFSA): Explained

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

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

Maximizing College Financial Aid: What Every Family Should Know

Understanding Financial Aid First thing's first – don’t feel ashamed if you’re more than a little...

09/05/2022

Do You Still Need Strong Standardized 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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