Only 1% of families appeal their award letters, while college expect to offer discounts to many students. If you applied for and received award letters that do not meet your expected family contribution (EFC), you should appeal. The best way to appeal is to have other,...

Mary Morrison, Stanford's recently retired Financial Aid Director, spoke to a packed crowd at Campolindo's library.  Mary had many amusing stories regarding families that try to avoid their Expected Family Contribution. She spoke with great humor about the tough choice...

I love the blog by Lynn O'Shaughnessy The College Solution. In the article I have linked, Lynn talks about how much a student should pay for an out-of-state public university and why paying $47,000 for University of Oregon doesn't make sense.  Our students need to look...

As students are putting together their college lists, it is important to include a financial safety on their college list.  A financial safety is going to be different for every student so that is why the blanket answer of a safety school with “Cal Poly” or “UC Merced”...

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