Affordability

3 Texas Colleges with Generous Merit Aid

Paying for college is a significant expense. Families must identify all the considerations and options for paying for college, including merit aid scholarships. Here are three colleges in Texas that offer generous merit aid scholarships. Conduct your own personalized merit aid search at MeritMore.Use the MeritMore free merit search tool to identify colleges with generous …

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Financial Hack: The New Paradigm for College Admissions List Building

Safety, Target, and Reach College Lists are Dead A couple of decades ago, building a college list based on your chances of admission—safety, target, reach—was a smart strategy. College costs weren’t as high as they are today and more students were vying for fewer spots. Fast forward 20+ years, students have over 5,000 colleges to …

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How to Assess Acceptance Likelihood and Affordability of a College

You’ve done the work to measure your level of interest in all the schools on your big college list. Now it’s time to determine if you can get admitted to a school and if you can afford it. Step three in the SMART college list building process is assess acceptance likelihood and affordability. This is …

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4 tools to Compare Offers and Help Families Successfully Appeal for More Aid

Your Aid Package is Based on What The College Thinks You Need Financial aid award letters have arrived! Families who have a clear understanding of their offers and then thoughtfully appeal for more financial aid money can receive thousands of dollars more in aid each year.  In an admissions season full of unknowns, schools are on the hunt …

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FAFSA Updates: All The Big Changes You Need to Know (2021)

2020 wrapped up with the passage of a $900 billion fiscal stimulus package and a $1.4 trillion government funding deal, which also included some long-awaited reforms to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). There has been a lot of discussion about the rebranding of the EFC (Expected Family Contribution), but there are some …

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