As the parent of a new college freshman, you’re going to find that you’ve got a new function: that of an ATM machine. As long as you are paying the bills, take the following action now. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) means that you are not allowed to access your student’s grades, courses, or financial aid records without their permission! I know, isn’t this just crazy?!
Not having this access could have serious consequences.read more
I equate the FAFSA to filing taxes.
We all have the ability to do our own, but when we only do it once a year, not only is it a painful and time consuming process it can be very confusing. We can file our taxes for free, yet many of us purchase software programs or pay an accountant or CPA to prepare our taxes since they keep up with changes, updates and know the loopholes that will help us pay less in taxes.
It’s the same when using a college financial planning professional to help you file your financial aid forms. This is what we do for a living. We don’t like to do it anymore than you do but at least we know what we’re doing!read more