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HS students get college help from an AI chatbot

  • Which university just released to public its internal database of 3k remote jobs? Ka-ching!
  • Take a breather; sip a piña colada. This tropical island has extended app deadlines for its 7 college campuses.
  • Want to get college advice on your phone from a robot? This state offers students this service.
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Middle-class families can afford college. Here’s how.

“They do have the money; it’s just in the wrong places,” says college financial specialist, Andrew Hathaway, on middle-class families putting kids through college. Read how college name brand affects employability, Andrew’s future outlook on financial aid awards, and how rearranging assets can turn a family’s financial profile upside down.

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Financial aid officers won’t help you, says college funding expert

“Things moms and dads say: ‘We didn’t realize it was so expensive,’ or ‘We thought scholarships would be more generous,'” college funding specialist Andrew Hathaway says. “It was too late… You’ve already dipped into your IRAs, or you took a HELOC on your house.” Andrew shares the truth behind 529 plans, and why asking financial aid counselors for help is like asking the IRS for tax loopholes.

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Move over, student loans. Grants only here.

  • A selective college voted to replace all student loans with grants a.k.a. free money. Which one?
  • This top ten liberal arts college’s acceptance rate shot up from 15% to 24%. Where is it?
  • Online college doesn’t feel like the college we’re used to. Here’s a solution from a group of Carnegie Mellon students.
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A top “public Ivy” sees record ED/EA apps despite Covid

  • Want to send your kid to Harvard debt-free? Here’s how much you need to save each month in your 529 plan.
  • This “public Ivy” received a record number of Early Decision apps this year — despite Covid’s uncertainties. Which one?
  • Cash, card, check, or…coconut? This university will now accept the tropical fruit as a form of tuition payment.
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How NOT to appeal for financial aid

“‘X school gave me this amount of money. What are you going to do?’ is the absolute wrong approach,” says Leah Young, Dickinson College’s Director of Financial Aid, about appeals for more aid. Our aid insider shares why families with assets qualify for more aid than they think, how the CSS Profile lowers admissions chances if you’re high-need, special aid considerations for divorced parents, and how Dickinson’s financial aid policy can benefit international more than domestic students.

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