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How MCPT Can Help With Your FAFSA

How MCPT Can Help With Your FAFSA

My College Planning Team's Chief College Funding Strategist, Jim Slowik, discusses how MCPT can help with your FAFSA. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kfd2xHqr7b8&t=4s Need Help With Your FAFSA? My College Planning Team's Financial Team can assist you with understanding what you can expect to pay for your student's right fit college and strategize with you on the best ways to reduce your bottom line, as well as filling out your FAFSA forms. Contact Jim Slowik for more information or click here to schedule a free…

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46% Of IL Families Didn’t Fill Out The FAFSA!

46% of IL Families Didn’t Fill Out the FAFSA!

There’s a lot of paperwork to be completed in preparation for the college application and admission process, so who could blame anyone for overlooking one form or another. But not filling out the FAFSA could cost your family thousands of dollars in free money for school. Does This Sound Familiar? Families often state many reasons why they don’t complete a FAFSA: “We earn too much income to qualify for aid.” “A FAFSA is only for government grants and loans.” “It’s…

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Avoiding FAFSA Fraud

Avoiding FAFSA Fraud

The financial aid process can be a daunting one. It’s often a good idea to seek out help when filing your FAFSA. How you file can be the difference between receiving or not receiving quite a bit of money. More financial aid is (ostensibly) allocated to those who express the most need. It is one of the few instances in which the worse your finances look, the better you are for it. The savvy filer will create the worst possible snapshot of their financial…

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Navigate FAFSA Verification Like A Pro

Navigate FAFSA Verification Like a Pro

Have you been chosen for FAFSA verification? Not to worry! According to U.S. News, over one-third of FAFSA applicants are chosen for this type of audit. Some small colleges even elect to verify 100% of their applicants. As deadlines have passed and you have filed your FAFSA, now comes the time when financial aid offices may be contacting you or your student about the verification process. Essentially, it’s an audit that colleges do to verify the numbers you submitted in your original filing. While this…

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Filing Your FAFSA:  Not As Scary As It Sounds!

Filing Your FAFSA: Not as Scary as It Sounds!

  The financial aid eligibility process can be tedious and difficult to navigate. Planning ahead and starting the process early is a great way to ensure that your journey is as smooth as possible! It is in your best interest to make the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) a priority as early as January 1st of your senior year and every year thereafter while you are in college. Understanding that it is unlikely that your…

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How New FAFSA Rules May Benefit (or Hurt) Some Families

How New FAFSA Rules May Benefit (or Hurt) Some Families

  Under the new rules just announced by the Obama administration, students entering or returning to college in 2017 and beyond will be able to submit their FAFSA as early as October 1st of the year before they enter college. What this means is that students will be reporting their family’s salary and tax information for 2015 if they are entering or returning to college in 2017/18.  It also means, however, that financial planning to lower college costs must begin even earlier. …

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Common FAFSA Mistakes That Affect Eligibility

Common FAFSA Mistakes That Affect Eligibility

During my past 8 years in Financial Aid, I have seen many mistakes made by parents and students throughout the Financial Aid process.  Many of these mistakes could have been avoided and a lot of time saved if the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) was completed correctly. Submitting a FAFSA that is error free also will reduce your chances of being selected for verification. Here are 7 of the most common mistakes that I have seen. Indicating that…

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CSS Profile Deadline–Just Do It!

CSS Profile Deadline–Just Do It!

"I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by." Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt (2002) I procrastinate. I fight the tendency every day of my life, especially when the job to be done sparks anxiety. Suddenly it's October. Early admissions to colleges ramp up. Approximately 400 universities, colleges and scholarship programs require the CSS (College Scholarship Service) Profile. And, the bad news is that the Profile is twice as long as the FAFSA. The…

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