Financial Aid

5 Reasons to Know Your EFC Before You Even Apply to College

Too many people think that your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is something that you worry about when you apply for financial aid–if…

4 Reasons People Don’t Pick Affordable Colleges

There are over 1,600 four-year public and private colleges in the United States. And guess what, they don't all cost…

Pay Less for College By Focusing on These College Statistics

If you want to pay less for college, you need to pay more attention to college statistics. I’m sure many…

Largest College Endowments by State

Everyone wants to know if colleges are going to open next fall. Or rather if they are going to open…

COVID-19 Wreck Your College Plans? Here’s the One Thing You Must Do

The excitement generated by acceptance letters so many high school seniors received before April 1 has morphed into anxiety if…

Colleges Most Likely to Meet Financial Need List

This is a list of over 200 colleges most likely to provide need-based aid (not based on academic merit) to…

8 Things You Should Know about College Net Price Calculators

When students start creating their final college list, smart families make sure they use the Net Price Calculator on all…

4 Easy Steps to Find Colleges for Potential Merit Scholarships

(For those looking for affordable colleges, I’m updating this post. Because I’ve updated the spreadsheet several times since I wrote…

362 Colleges Awarding an Average $20,000+ Grants/Scholarships to Freshman

(Updated for 2020) For real. There are 362 colleges where the average institutional grant/merit scholarship is over $20,000. What’s the…