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Tips to Help You File the FAFSA 2019-2020

If you need financial aid help paying for college, you need to fill out the FAFSA. Filling out your FAFSA can seem daunting, but in actuality, applying can be easy if you go into it with the right information and a basic understanding of the process. Step #1: Create your FSA ID Your FSA ID […]

Advice for Parents of New College Students

So your child is going to college. This is a big transition for both of you. With all of the upcoming paperwork, decisions, and changes, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. But before you know it, your child will be stepping onto the stage on graduation day wearing their cap and gown and a big smile […]

5 Questions Families Should Ask College-Bound Students

1. What is your goal? College is expensive, challenging, and time-consuming. Understanding why you and your student are investing in college will help you make better decisions. Ask your student: “why are you going to college?” Discuss the answer. It may be surprisingly difficult to get to a definite answer, but for most families, the […]

Community College Pros and Cons

Pros Cons Avoid Student Debt: Save Money Then Transfer You can save tens of thousands of dollars by attending a community college. The list price for the Mount is under $4,000 per semester (full-time). Most students at the Mount receive some form of financial aid (59%). 25% of students pay nothing out of pocket! (Part-time students […]

Making Lemonade After College Rejection

If your student was rejected, wait-listed, or priced out of their chosen college, here is a gentle reminder that it takes lemons to make lemonade. You have options, and sometimes they work out better than you would have imagined. Option #1: Take a Gap Year Taking a gap year, or a year off between high […]