I'd like to discuss student loans. No, I'm not going to get on my soapbox once again and preach about the hazards of student loan debt. Financial aid packages will be forthcoming across the coming months and some have already been issued for the Early Decision (ED) and Early Action (EA) acceptees. So, it's important to understand everything associated with those loans. I'll get back to loan debt soon. You can be sure of that!
Families in the “full-pay" category for college are in the minority. As we've discussed before here, there are a number of ways to find out how much your family will have to pay for your college education. The FAFSA, CSS Profile and college-specific financial aid forms are all intended to assess a family's ability to pay for a specific college. There are also the Net Price Calculators that can give a pretty accurate ballpark of this amount without having to go through the formalities of the official aid forms.