How Will The Money You Spend On College Affect Your Retirement Plan?

While most families do considerable research prior to purchasing a home and a car, many of these families take a more impulsive approach to financing college. Their idea of due diligence is to attend a ‘financial aid night’ at their high school, pour over voluminous college books in the library, or search endlessly through Google 

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How Do You Choose a College

Helping students select the right school is at the foundation of what we do at College & Retirement Solutions. We help families find schools that will meet their criteria for both features and price. Some schools are more popular than others, and there are many hidden gems you may not have heard of. Consider these 

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Five Steps to Getting More College Aid

There is a pervasive misconception out there that only the most selective colleges provide funding to only the most exceptional  students. This is not so! I have many examples from our own work with college-bound students that refute this idea. One of best results this past season was a student with a 880 combined SAT 

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Steps to Federal Student Aid For New Jersey Students

Applying  for Federal Student Aid for New Jersey students is not an easy task. It requires a lot of preparation to make sure your application if filled out correctly without any errors. Having mistakes or not filling out certain fields can cost you your award and may cause your application to be rejected for any type of 

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Top 10 Nation’s Colleges With the Lowest Acceptance Rates

Here is a list of Top 10 Nation’s colleges with the lowest acceptance rates.Harvard seems to be the pickiest elite school in the country. More than 29,100 high school seniors hoping to be part of Harvard’s Class of 2013 submitted applications during the last admission season and just 2,046 students or 7.1% successfully actually got accepted. 

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Why you must apply outside the “Top 20″ colleges

I’ve been coaching students and families about how to apply and afford college for many years. I see many bright and high-performing students with good grades, high test scores and impressive lists of extra curricular activities, making them attractive candidates for many colleges. Sometimes, however, that success blinds students and their parents: they believe that 

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Is a degree from an elite school really that Important?

Last week I wrote about the importance of broadening your college search beyond the “Top 20” schools as identified by US News or Princeton Review rankings. While most of the parents and students I work with understand that you are paying for the “name” and not just the education at an elite school, there is 

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Did Saving for College Hurt Your Chance of Aid?

Most of us think that saving for college is the right thing to do. From the time our kids are young, many of us – including the grandparents, aunts and uncles – are making contributions to a college fund. It’s rare that anyone can put aside the whole cost of college, but we assume that 

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Making the Most of a Campus Visit

It’s an investment of time and money to visit the colleges that are on your consideration list, but there’s no substitute for a campus visit.  Make the most of that investment by following these simple suggestions for a successful trip. Start early: Try to use your junior year to see schools. Ideally, you’ll want to have 

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