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Navigating the 5 Stages of Student Debt Grief

Borrowing from the principles covered in psychologist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross's seminal palliative care handbook On Death and Dying, one graduate shares his journey of coming to grips with his own avalanche of student debt while infusing heartfelt advice for parents and students who may be worried about the skyrocketing costs of college.

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Need-Blind Vs. Need-Aware Schools

You may have heard that need-blind schools are more likely to accept students without considering their family's financial history. While this is true, there can be negative repercussions for students with exceptional financial need who get accepted to these top-tiered schools.

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The 3 Types of Colleges You Should Apply To

If you think picking the best BBQ sauce to put on tonight’s dinner is a hard choice, consider the magnitude of stress associated with a decision process where you are presented with over 4,000 choices from which you must narrow your selection down to under ten. Oh, and I forgot to mention that a poor decision could end up costing you and your family thousands of dollars.

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Demystifying the Financial Aid Award Letter—Part Three

The typical financial aid award letter can often seem confusing, especially when colleges use misleading tactics in order make an offer appear more attractive than what it really is. Learn how to navigate through problematic award packages.

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Demystifying the Financial Aid Award Letter—Part 2

More than likely, unless you demonstrate exceptional need, you will have to take out some form of student loan. Here, I will discuss the smorgasbord of options you can choose from when making this important decision along with the benefits and drawbacks of each type of loan.

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Demystifying the Financial Aid Award Letter—Part 1

Opening your financial aid award letter can be one of the most nerve-racking moments in the entire college application process. Over the last few months, your child has diligently researched a number of prospective schools based on academic eligibility, extracurricular offerings and, of course, where they rank among competing institutions based on your child’s intended major. They’ve invested hundreds of hours in preparing for entrance examinations, college research, and crafting that ever-important personal statement. Now, in as little time as it takes to tear open an envelope, they are about to uncover the results of all their efforts.    

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6 Financial Aid Traps Every Parent Should Avoid

Every parent wants what is best for their child, and sending them to college without the stress of financial insecurity is no exception. While there are many different paths a parent can take to prepare for their child’s...

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The content is developed from sources believed to be providing accurate information. The information in this material is not intended as tax or legal advice. It may not be used for the purpose of avoiding any federal tax penalties. Please consult legal or tax professionals for specific information regarding your individual situation. This material was written by Matthew Jankiewicz. Matthew Jankiewicz is not affiliated with United Planners Financial Services of America. The opinions expressed and material provided are for general information, and should not be considered a solicitation for the purchase or sale of any security. Copyright 2017 Matthew Jankiewicz.