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A high school senior wrote an article for the Great Falls Tribune about trying to bag some of that (mostly) free college money early. One of the biggest hints for landing some of that free college money? Getting off your butt early and trying to land some.

Among her other suggestions

  • Communicate with your counselors during your senior year
  • Once you have chosen a school, contact the financial aid department there.
  • Use online resources.
  • Fill out the FASFA. (It’s actually your parents who fill this one out)

The full article can be found here.


Reuters has an article(I actually think’s a press release) about “The State Of College Savings” survey which was released a few weeks ago. The conclusions are a little depressing, but not all that surprising. But on the plus side, 529 accounts are still the best savings vehicle for college around.


Forty-four percent of parents are “not very confident” that they will reach
their college savings goals, up from 31 percent in 2008; while the number of
parents who are “very confident” has plunged to 12 percent from 20 percent
last year.

The 2009 report doesn’t seem to be posted online yet.
But here’s the 2008 and 2007 versions.

I ran across this graphic on this morning. Hopefully you don’t have to run some calculation to see that there’s some value in going to college, but if you do this graphic is for you.

BONUS: The Pabst Blue Ribbon reference towards the bottom.

The full sized version is too big to post here
(I tried and didn’t like how it looked).

Click the picture to go to the full version.

Student Loans by the Numbers.

Apparently, college fairs really can be quite useful.

The Sacramento Bee published an article suggesting that high school juniors and seniors should come (prepared) and take advantage of the information offered at college fairs.

Among their other suggestions: FTA:

  • Be prepared
  • Ask questions
  • Know who you’re talking to

The full article can be found here. published an article that talks about some pitfalls of relying too heavily on technology when trying to get accepted to a school, or more importantly when trying to figure out your EFC(Expected Family Contribution)


“Having a personal connection with a student, I’m more willing to go out on a limb for them,” said Wise, who is responsible for handling applications from youths in the City of Baltimore, including those involved with the city’s CollegeBound program.

The Huffington Post has an article by Jenifer Fox which discusses the idea of getting the school that’s a good fit rather than “the best”. has a plethora of college finance related information.

You can start your research here.

Or maybe just read their first article.

Long Range College Planning

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The Des Moines Register (.com) has an article about college planning starting from your freshman year of high school.

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