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Can I Appeal the Admissions Decision?

You may be ask­ing your­self if you can appeal a deci­sion of denial from a col­lege.  There may be a chance you can.  Some col­leges have very strict poli­cies stat­ing if you were denied accep­tance to their insti­tu­tion, the deci­sion stands and there is no appeal process. Other col­leges will allow for an appeal. My sug­ges­tion would be to con­tact the col­lege directly to see if this is an option. Check their web­site or speak directly to the admis­sions office.

If you have a legit­i­mate rea­son to appeal you may want to dis­cuss this with you admis­sions rep­re­sen­ta­tive.  Some of the cir­cum­stances that might war­rant a review could include:

Completed your FAFSA? Three Things to Do While Waiting for Those Award Letters

Waiting roomToday you are in

“a most use­less place.

The Wait­ing Place …

Wait­ing for the fish to bite  .  . .

or Another chance.

Every­one is just wait­ing.”1

All your col­lege appli­ca­tions have been turned in.  Your finan­cial aid forms have been sub­mit­ted.  You are in what Dr. Seuss refers to as “The Wait­ing Place.” Wait­ing for the col­leges to which you applied to let you know – yes, no or wait listed.

“The Wait­ing Place” is a great place to stop and acknowl­edge your accom­plish­ments over the past 4 years.  You have suc­cess­fully nav­i­gated one of the most chal­leng­ing times of your life so far – high school. And in the 4 months between Sep­tem­ber and Decem­ber, you added to your already full plate – mul­ti­ple col­lege appli­ca­tions and essays, col­lege vis­its, col­lege inter­views on top of all your senior classes and activ­i­ties. Con­grat­u­la­tions, you have much for which to be com­mended.  And now what should you do now that you’ve sub­mit­ted your Free Appli­ca­tion for Fed­eral Stu­dent Aid (FAFSA)?

Wel­come to “The Wait­ing Place” Read more– click here.

Do You Know How to Decipher the Financial Aid Award Letter?

piggy bankThe amount of cor­re­spon­dence your stu­dent gets from col­leges can be stag­ger­ing. Before they’re even accepted you’ll be get­ting moun­tains of brochures, pam­phlets, and other mar­ket­ing mate­ri­als. Then, once they do get in, even more infor­ma­tion gets sent your way: hous­ing forms, deposit slips, accep­tance let­ters, cam­pus infor­ma­tion, and more.

There is one piece of mail you’ll be get­ting that should be stud­ied care­fully, since it will have a pretty big impact on your wal­let. That is the finan­cial aid award let­ter. Be aware that some col­leges are mov­ing towards elec­tronic award let­ters. This means that rather than get­ting an enve­lope in the mail, you get login instruc­tions in an email for the college’s web­site. Keep in mind that lots of email is sent to your stu­dent, so keep an eye on their account as well. Click here to read more on deci­pher­ing award letters.

10 Ways to Start Saving for Your College Education

There are mul­ti­ple ways to pre­pare to start sav­ing for your col­lege education.

1.  A 529 Plan is a state-sponsored pro­gram designed to help par­ents finance edu­ca­tion expenses. They are admin­is­tered by cer­tain invest­ment com­pa­nies and sub­ject to con­tri­bu­tion require­ments and guide­lines. With­drawals from the account are taxed at the child’s tax rate, and any­one can con­tribute to a Sec­tion 529 plan, regard­less of their income level. In most cases, the money is invested in a port­fo­lio of stocks, bonds, or mutual funds. The pro­ceeds can be used only for edu­ca­tion with­drawals for non-educational pur­poses trig­ger taxes and a 10% penalty. The invest­ment com­pany admin­is­ter­ing the account will be in con­trol of how the money is invested, and will charge an ongo­ing fee for its ser­vices. Read 9 more ways to save for college.

Seniors, Remember to Submit Your F.A.F.S.A.

Apply for Fed­eral Stu­dent Aid — Fast track to FAFSA

Intro­duc­ing the FAFSA:  Let the Funds Begin

Get­ting finan­cial aid starts with the Free Appli­ca­tion for Fed­eral Stu­dent Aid or FAFSA.

By fill­ing it out, you apply for the U.S. Depart­ment of Education’s fed­eral stu­dent aid pro­grams, the largest source of stu­dent aid in Amer­ica. In many cases, you’re also auto­mat­i­cally apply­ing for funds from your state and your school as well.

Who It is for:  See If You Are Eligible

You might be eli­gi­ble if all of these apply to you:

  • You are a U.S. cit­i­zen or eli­gi­ble non citizen
  • You are a high school grad­u­ate or GED holder
  • You are work­ing toward a degree or cer­tifi­cate in an eli­gi­ble program
  • You are not in default on a fed­eral stu­dent loan and do not owe money to the gov­ern­ment related to other grants or loans

See if you are eli­gi­ble by read­ing more here.