Topical Index

This index is up-to-date as of August 11, 2018. It links to articles on college affordability strategies before, during, and after college. Contact College Affordability Solutions if you want more information on any of these articles.

Before College

College Finance Plan

·    Before, During, and After College: You Need a Plan (Published September 27, 2017)

·    Before College Strategies for Your College Finance Plan (Published September 27, 2017)

Cost Reduction Strategies

·    Financial and Other Pros and Cons of AP and Duel Credit Courses (Published February 7, 2018)

·    A Degree in 4 Years — The Best Way to Limit College Costs (Published August 23, 2016)

·    10 Strategies For Limiting College Debt (Published April 29, 2016)

·    Why Begin At a Community College (Published March 7, 2017)

·    Problems With Beginning At a Community College (Published March 7, 2017)

·    Fit — It’s Critical to College Affordability (Published April 12, 2016)

·    A Car on Campus Can Create Colossally Causeless Costs (Published August 16, 2017)

·    Turn Down Unnecessary Loan Offers to Minimize Debt (Published April 12, 2017)

·    Summer Can Be Used To Reduce College Costs (Published April 25, 2017)

College Costs

·    A Degree in 4 Years — The Best Way to Limit College Costs (Published August 23, 2016)

·    College Sticker Prices Aren’t Necessarily Their Final Prices (Published June 7, 2017)

·    Games Colleges Play — Tuition and Fee Disclosures (Published March 21, 2018)

·    Check Out Those Hidden Fees (Published February 15, 2017)

·    Games Colleges Play — Disclosing Room, Board, and Other Costs (Published March 21, 2018)

·    Get Ready for What It’ll Cost . . . Now! (Publish May 2, 2018)

College Search and Selection

·    Step 1 in Building Your Student’s List of Potential Colleges (Published June 20, 2018)

·    College Sticker Prices Aren’t Necessarily Their Final Prices (Published June 7, 2017)

·    Assessing Financial Aid Offers (Published March 3, 2017)

·    Shop Comparatively Using The Financial Aid Shopping Sheet (Published January 25, 2017)

·    Fit — It’s Critical to College Affordability (Published April 12, 2016)

·    Games Colleges Play — Tuition and Fee Disclosures (Published March 21, 2018)

·    Check Out Those Hidden Fees (Published February 15, 2017)

·    Games Colleges Play — Disclosing Room, Board, and Other Costs (Published March 21, 2018)

Credit Cards

·    Help Your Student Avoid Credit Card Traps (Published August 23, 2017)

Deadlines

·    Get Ready! It’s Almost Time To Do Your FAFSA (Published September 8, 2016)

·    Beginning October 1 File Your FAFSA ASAP (Published September 20, 2017)

·    Don’t Miss Your FAFSA Priority Deadline (Published January 7, 2016)

·    May 1 Is Right Around The Corner! (Published March 29, 2017)

·    Games Colleges Play — Deposit Deadlines (Published April 4, 2004)

Dependent and Independent Students

·    Is Your Student Dependent or Independent? (Published January 14, 2016)

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

·    Get Ready! It’s Almost Time To Do Your FAFSA (Published September 8, 2016)

·    5 Steps to FAFSA Completion (February 16, 2016)

·    Beginning October 1 File Your FAFSA ASAP (Published September 20, 2017)

·    Who Completes the FAFSA? (September 16, 2016)

·    Is Your Student Dependent or Independent? (Published January 14, 2016

·    What’s Needed to Complete the FAFSA? (September 22, 2016)

·    Last-Minute FAFSA Q & As (Published September 29, 2016)

·    Don’t Miss Your FAFSA Priority Deadline (Published January 7, 2016)

·    You Filed Your FAFSA. What’s Next? (Published March 4, 2016)

·    Has Your Student Been Asked To Verify FAFSA Data? (Published January 11, 2017)

Financial Aid Application Processes

·    Is Your High School Junior Already Looking for Scholarships? (Published March 1, 2017)

·    Get Ready! It’s Almost Time To Do Your FAFSA (Published September 8, 2016)

·    5 Steps to FAFSA Completion (February 16, 2016)

·    Beginning October 1 File Your FAFSA ASAP (Published September 20, 2017)

·    Who Completes the FAFSA? (September 16, 2016)

·    Is Your Student Dependent or Independent? (Published January 14, 2016)

·    What’s Needed to Complete the FAFSA? (September 22, 2016)

·    Last-Minute FAFSA Q & As (Published September 29, 2016)

·    Don’t Miss Your FAFSA Priority Deadline (Published January 7, 2016)

·    You Filed Your FAFSA. What’s Next? (Published March 4, 2016)

·    Has Your Student Been Asked To Verify FAFSA Data? (Published January 11, 2017)

Financial Aid Offers

·    Assessing Financial Aid Offers (Published March 17, 2016)

·    Games Colleges Play — Financial Aid Offers (Published March 28, 2018)

·    Beware of Bait and Switch! (Published February 8, 2017)

·    Shop Comparatively Using The Financial Aid Shopping Sheet (Published January 25, 2017)

·    Games the Government Plays — Federal TEACH Grants (Published April 11, 2018)

·    Should You File A Financial Aid Appeal? (Published March 22, 2017)

Grants

·    Games the Government Plays — Federal TEACH Grants (Published April 11, 2018)

Money Management

·    Prepare Your Freshman to Manage Those First-Year Expenses (Published August 9, 2017)

Parent Borrowing

·    Parent Loans — Helpful Today But a Potential Curse Tomorrow (Published March 7, 2018)

Private Student Loans

·    Get Answers to These Questions Before Borrowing Private Student Loans (Part 1) (Published May 30, 2018)

·    Get Answers to These Questions Before Borrowing Private Student Loans (Part 2) (Published June 6, 2018)

Saving and Investing for College

·    New Baby? Start Investing For College Now! (Published November 15, 2017)

·    5+2+9 = A Great away To Invest For College (May 9, 2018)

·    Saving For College? Consider a 529 Plan (Published December 1, 2016)

·    College Savings Bonds: An Affordable, Safe, Simple College Investment With Tax Advantages (Published December 9, 2016)

Scams and Rip-Offs

·    Beware Of The Student Tax Scam (Published September 7, 2016)

Scholarships

·    Is Your High School Junior Already Looking For Scholarships? (Published March 1, 2017)

·    Scholarship Searching — When and Where (Published October 20, 2016)

·    Things To Do When Applying For Scholarships (Published October 20, 2016)

·    Beware of Bait and Switch (Published February 8, 2017)

Seeking Financial Assistance

·    Scholarship Searching — When and Where (Published October 20, 2016)

·    Is Your High School Junior Already Looking For Scholarships? (Published March 1, 2017)

·    Beginning October 1 File Your FAFSA ASAP (Published September 20, 2027)

·    Has Your Student Been Asked to Verify FAFSA Data? (Published January 11, 2017)

Student Loans

·    Make Sure Your Freshman’s Loans Are There When Needed (Published August 2, 2017)

·    What Student Loan Debt Costs (Published December 29, 2015)

Tuition and Fees

·    Games Colleges Play — Tuition and Fee Disclosures (Published March 21, 2018)

·    Check Out These Hidden Fees (Published February 15, 2017)

Value of Postsecondary Education

·    Is College Worth It? Damn Right It Is! (Published November 17, 2016)

·    Is Borrowing For College Worthwhile? (Published April 29, 2016)

Verification

·    Has Your Student Been Asked To Verify FAFSA Data? (Published January 11, 2017)

During College

College Finance Plan

·    Before, During, and After College: You Need a Plan (Published September 27, 2017)

·    During College: Strategies For Your College Finance Plan (Published October 4, 2017)

Cost Reduction Strategies

·    A Degree in 4-Years — The Best Way To Limit College Costs (Published August 23, 2016)

·    10 Strategies For Limiting College Debt (Published April 29, 2016)

·    Advise Your Student To Avoid Dropping Courses, Especially Late In The Term! (Published April 25, 2018)

·    A Car on Campus Can Create Colossally Causeless Costs (Published August 16, 2017)

·    Student Money Management — The $10 Latte (Published October 27, 2016)

·    Give Your Student A Money-Saving Holiday Gifts (Published November 25, 2016)

·    Spring Break, Not Spring Bankruptcy! (Published February 22, 2017)

Credit Cards

·    Help Your Student Avoid Credit Card Traps (Published August 23, 2017)

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

·    Get Ready! It’s Almost Time To Do Your FAFSA (Published September 8, 2016)

·    5 Steps to FAFSA Completion (February 16, 2016)

·    Beginning October 1 File Your FAFSA (Published September 20, 2017)

·    Who Completes the FAFSA? (September 16, 2016)

·    Is Your Student Dependent or Independent? (Published January 14, 2016)

·    What’s Needed to Complete the FAFSA? (September 22, 2016)

·    Last-Minute FAFSA Q & As (Published September 29, 2016)

·    Don’t Miss Your FAFSA Priority Deadline (Published January 7, 2016)

·    You Filed Your FAFSA. What’s Next? (Published March 4, 2016)

·    Has Your Student Been Asked To Verify FAFSA Data? (Published January 11, 2017)

Financial Aid Offers

·    Games The Government Plays — Federal TEACH Grants (Published April 11, 2018)

·    Beware of Bait and Switch! (Published February 8, 2017)

·    Shop Comparatively Using The Financial Aid Shopping Sheet (Published January 25, 2017)

·    Should You File A Financial Aid Appeal? (Published March 22, 2017)

Grants

·    Pell Grants Can Help Pay For Summer School (Published May 10, 2017)

·    Games The Government Plays — Federal TEACH Grants (Published April 11, 2018)

Money Management

·    During College Your Undergraduate Needs A Spending Plan (Published November 1, 2017)

·    A Car on Campus Can Create Coloss ally Causeless Costs (Published August 16, 2017)

·    Student Money Management — The $10 Latte (Published October 27, 2016)

·    Give Your Student Money-Saving Holiday Gifts! (Published November 25, 2016)

·    Help Your Student Avoid Overspending on Holiday Gifts (Published December 6, 2017)

·    Timely Advice To Help Your Student Manage January Expenses (Published January 3, 2018)

·    Spring Break, Not Spring Bankruptcy! (Published February 22, 2017)

·    You Should Be Protesting If Your Student’s Not Detesting Cryptocurrency Investing! (Published April 18, 2018)

Off-Campus Housing

·    What To Consider Before A Student Chooses An Off-Campus Residence (Published January 24, 2018)

·    Things To Watch For Before Signing An Off-Campus Lease (Published January 31, 2018)

Parent Borrowing

·    Parent Loans — Helpful Today, But A Potential Curse TomorrowParent Loans — Helpful Today, But A Potential Curse Tomorrow (Published March 7, 2018)

Private Student Loans

·    Get Answers to These Questions Before Borrowing Private Student Loans (Part 1) (Published May 30, 2018)

·    Get Answers to These Questions Before Borrowing Private Student Loans (Part 2) (Published June 6, 2018)

Scams and Rip-Offs

·    Beware the Student Tax Scam (Published September 7, 2016)

Scholarships

·    Scholarship Searching — When and Where (Published October 20, 2016)

·    During College: Keep Seeking Scholarships (Published February 1, 2017)

·    Things To Do When Applying For Scholarships (Published October 20, 2016)

Seeking Financial Assistance

·    Scholarship Searching — When and Where (Published October 20, 2016)

·    Beginning October 1 File Your FAFSA ASAP! (Published September 20, 2017)

·    During College: Keep Seeking Scholarships (Published February 1, 2017)

·    Things To Do When Applying For Scholarships (Published October 20, 2016)

Student Loans

·    What Student Loan Debt Costs (Published December 29, 2015)

·    10 Strategies For Limiting College Debt (Published April 29, 2016)

Tax Benefits for Higher Education

·    Claim Your Educational Tax Benefits (Published April 6, 2017)

Working While in College

·    It’s Good To Work As A Freshman, Just Not Too Much (Published April 19, 2017)

·    Seasonal Student Employment Can Reduce The Need To Borrow (Published November 7, 2026)

·    Now’s The Time For College Students To Search for Summer Jobs! (February 21, 2018)

After College

College Finance Plan

·    Before, During, and After College: You Need a Plan (Published September 27, 2017)

·    After College: Strategies For Your College Finance Plan (Published October 11, 2017)

Consolidation and Refinancing

·    Federal Student Loan Consolidation Advantages (Published October 5, 2016)

·    Federal Student Loan Consolidation Disadvantages (Published October 5, 2016)

·    Should You Refinance Your Federal Student Loan Debt? (Published May 31, 2017)

Debt Forgiveness and Cancellation

·    Getting Your Federal Student Loans Forgiven (Published June 2, 2016)

·    Were You Wrongly Denied Public Service Loan Forgiveness? There’s An Opportunity To Fix That (Published June 13, 2018)

Grace Period

·    Hey Graduate! What’s Next For Your Student Loans? (Published May 23, 2016)

·    What’s A Grace Period? (Published May 17, 2017)

·    Things To Do As Your First Student Loan Payment Comes Due (Published January 10, 2018)

Missed Payment

·    “Late” and “Missed” Are 4-Letter Words For Your Student Loans (Published January 4, 2017)

Repayment of College Loans

·    Hey Graduate! What’s Next For Your Student Loans? (Published May 23, 2016)

·    Know What — And To Whom — You Owe Your Student Loans (Published November 29, 2017)

·    What’s A Grace Period (Published May 17, 2017)

·    Save By Prepaying During Your Grace Period (Published October 28, 2017)

·    Things To Do As Your First Student Loan Payment Comes Due (Published January 10, 2018)

·    What Will My Monthly Student Loan Payments Be? (Published May 24, 2017)

·    Pick Your Federal Student Loan Repayment Plan Carefully (Published September 13, 2017)

·    Should You Refinance Your Federal Student Loan Debt? (Published May 31, 2017)

·    “Late” and “Missed” Are 4-Letter Words For Your Student Loans (Published January 4, 2017)

Repayment Assistance

·    Look For Employers Offering Student Loan Repayment Assistance (Published May e A raduation Gift That’s Worth More Than It Costs (Published May 3, 2017)

·    Help! I Can’t Make My Student Loan Payments (Published February 28, 2018)

·    “Late” and “Missed” Are 4-Letter Words For Your Student Loans (Published January 4, 2017)

Repayment Problems

·    Help! I Can’t Make My Student Loan Payments (Published February 28, 2018)

·    If Your Student Loan Servicer Mistreats You (Published June 14, 2017)

Tax Benefits for College Loan Repayment

·    Claim Your Educational Tax Benefits (Published April 6, 2017)

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