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Attending UC Berkeley for $50,649

I’m not surprised by much that I read about the higher-ed world, but even I was amazed at how quickly private colleges are blowing by the $50,000 price tag. After crunching College Board data, The Chronicle of Higher Education has published a list of the nation’s 100 top colleges by price, which all cost at […]

4Nov2010 | Lynn | 2 comments | Continued
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Should You Apply to a Reach School?

Do you know what a reach school is? I’ve been surprised recently to find out that many parents and teenagers don’t understand what the term means. I discovered just how elusive a concept it is during college talks that I occasionally give at high schools and other settings. When I ask, “Who knows what a […]

2Nov2010 | Lynn | 0 comments | Continued
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Fighting Back Against Rising College Costs

College costs continue to rise (surprise, surprise), according to the latest statistics released by the College Board. The news is depressing, but not as awful as you might assume. As I’ve discussed in previous college blog posts, roughly two-thirds of college students receive scholarships or other price breaks so the sticker prices are meaningless. 2010-2011 […]

31Oct2010 | Lynn | 2 comments | Continued

Answers to College Recruiting Questions

I’ve gotten questions lately from parents whose children are being recruited by college coaches. I wanted to share the questions because it might help other families who are or will be navigating the Byzantine world of college athletics. I talked to Karen Weaver, my go-to-expert on college athletics. Weaver is the director of athletics at […]

28Oct2010 | Lynn | 0 comments | Continued

How Much Time Will You Spend Researching Colleges?

Zillow, the website that can estimate how much your house is worth, released a survey earlier this year that suggested that Americans only spend five hours researching mortgages. Americans devote about the same amount of time planning vacations. It’s significantly less time than the 10 hours that consumers devote to buying a car. That made […]

12Oct2010 | Lynn | 1 comment | Continued
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Maximizing Financial Aid Awards

How do you maximize potential financial aid awards? Today I want to share with you a wonderful resource – TuitionCoach — that may be able to help you do just that. Until last week, you had to pay to use TuitionCoach, but not anymore. The site contains college funding videos, a library of financial aid […]

4Oct2010 | Lynn | 0 comments | Continued
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The Biggest Thing Since College Rankings

Do you use Expedia, Orbitz or Travelocity when you book a flight or find a rental car? Have you used Zillow when you’re searching for a house or Carfax when looking for a used Honda? Using these website and others like it has made buying all sorts of stuff easier. One big ticket item, however, […]

1Oct2010 | Lynn | 1 comment | Continued

When Will a College Degree Pay Off?

It’s old news that college graduates make more money than Americans who bailed on their education after high school. You don’t need a study to figure this out, but that hasn’t discouraged researchers from crunching the numbers anyway. This week the College Board released a study, Education Pays 2010, that documents what advantages that a […]

22Sep2010 | Lynn | 0 comments | Continued
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Calculating Your EFC

In my last blog, I talked about why it’s important to know what your EFC or Expected Family Contribution is. Here is the post: What Is Your EFC? Today, I’m going to show you how you can get a preliminary EFC, which is not as hard as you might think. You just need to use […]

13Sep2010 | Lynn | 3 comments | Continued
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Get a Free Copy of an Amazon College Bestseller

Stressed about paying for college? Then you’re the right demographic for a new book, Debt-Free U: How I Paid for an Outstanding College Education Without Loans, Scholarships, or Mooching Off My Parents. Zac Bissonnette, who is an editor and writer at AOL Finance, wrote Debt-Free and, get this this, he’s a college student. Debt-Free U […]

30Aug2010 | Lynn | 18 comments | Continued