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Comparing Award Letters

So, the moment has arrived.  A financial aid award letter has arrived in your mailbox!  Ripping it open, perhaps you find columns of numbers or financial aid jargon that only makes your head spin.  Grants, loans, scholarships, work-study… How do…

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FAFSA Myth #4, The FAFSA is too Complicated to Do

Let’s face it, government forms can be intimidating, confusing and leave the uninitiated a little overwhelmed.  However, the FAFSA form is relatively simple to fill out.  If you’ve filed your taxes before, many of the questions will be familiar to…

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FAFSA Myth #2, Only Good Grades Get Financial Aid

“Only students with good grades get financial aid.” This past week, Forbes magazine posted a story about Seth Samuelson, a college student, who hounded oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens on Twitter.  Samuelson had a rather bold approach to finding financial…

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Myths of FAFSA

On January 4th, CNN Money reported on the fears of budget cuts for young college students.  Education Secretary Arne Duncan wrote a letter to Congress stating that if the budget cuts go through (starting in March), programs like FAFSA (Free Application…

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Golden Rule #5

Hiring managers today get too many applications for employment, especially in the current economy.  With unemployment rates hovering in the 7-8% range, you might say that it's an "employer's market."  Hiring managers need to quickly weed the stack of applications…

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Golden Rule #4

I don't like conflict, so when I purchased my last home, I hired a real estate agent to walk me through the financial purchase.  This was quite a relief for me as my agent asked for, debated and advocated on my…

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Golden Rule #3

Have you ever walked into a high tech computer store to buy a computer?  Friendly sales people will fill your head with RAM, gigabytes, core processors, hard drive space, pixels, and bus speeds until you have no idea what to…

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Golden Rule #2

If you’ve heard about any of the effects of the housing crisis, you may know how difficult it is to try and sell a home when the market is down.  In fact, it’s so difficult that a whole new business…

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