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The 529: College Savior or Dark Lord?

I received at least 5-6 questions about the 529 on last week’s webinar I did with the Syosset (NY) library.  Questions about switching children “beneficiaries” of the 529 plan, questions about 529 accounts held by grandparents, whether the 529 hurt your chances of aid and by how much, etc. etc. etc. You might find this ironic…

Sordid, Awful Financial Aid Mistake

Sordid, Distasteful Financial Aid Mistake #11   (11th in my series of 13 “College Independence Day” emails to help easily pay for college without cutting back on your lifestyle or saddling your kids with crushing, high rate, high fee student loans..   Can you believe that there’s only three mistakes left in this series of…

The Fix for Online Learning Problems

I’m hearing it from practically ALL parents, and even experiencing a little myself: My kids: Have no idea what’s going on in class Turn in their assignments late Forget their assignments, so they’re not turned in at all Leave things until the last minute Are not accountable to anyone Today on College Coffee and Covid…

Penn says “No Aid For You” — 3 Times! — Then, This…

Hot off the presses… One of my favorite clients this year, a super-high achiever who deserved to get in everywhere because she had: A RIDICULOUS number of AP classes A staggering GPA Perfect and near-perfect test scores Amazing extracurriculars that would make any admissions officer’s heart melt;  and The nicest, least entitled personality you’ll find…

Bizarre, Parallel Universe Discovered

A few days ago, the wife texted me a story about NASA scientists who believe that they may have discovered the existence of a strange, parallel universe (not joking, you can Google it). The scientists hypothesized that this bizarre universe may have been formed at the Big Bang, like ours, but have its own set of…