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I finally submitted my college applications! Now what?

    The essays are done. The scores are in. Your college application is signed, sealed, and delivered to the schools of your dreams. And now, the hard part. The wait until Spring for college decisions may seem overwhelming, but there are a few things you should do in the meantime. Maybe they’ll take your […]

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How to Calculate Your EFC and True Cost of College

Here’s a helpful article on financial aid and your expected family contribution. We hope this helps you calculate the cost of college! What is the Expected Family Contribution (EFC)? The EFC “is a measure of your family’s financial strength and is calculated according to a formula established by law.” Source: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/help/fftoc01g.htm. In a nutshell, it […]

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Last Minute FAFSA Checklist

Here’s a last minute guide/checklist for parents completing the FAFSA. The team at Top Test Prep has compiled this list to help parents navigate financial aid/college admissions. 1. Know your school’s deadlines! For the 2012-2013 school year, you can submit the FAFSA using FAFSA on the Web from January 1, 2012 until June 30, 2013. […]

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How much should you be willing to go into student debt?

A discussion about student debt and how majors can affect how much you’ll owe… (or won’t owe) after you graduate school. Ideally, a student would pay the expense of college tuition and living expenses with accumulated savings, scholarships, grants and/or earned income; however, these means are not always enough to last the duration of a […]

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The Value of Getting College and Advanced Degrees (Professional, Masters, PhDs)

Skepticism about the value of a college degree has peaked recently in many media outlets as a seemingly temporary recession turns into a prolonged period of economic stagnation or worse. While economic challenges remain for even the best educated, unemployment and weekly earnings figures paint a vivid picture of the advantages of achieving college and […]

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7 Fastest Growing Jobs with High Pay and Salaries

Rapidly Expanding Careers of the Future Requiring Higher Education While the American economy has recently eliminated million of jobs for the non-college educated in construction and manufacturing, jobs continue to be created for the college educated. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than a million new jobs will be created by 2018, […]

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How Much Can You Earn With Your College Major? A List of the Highest Paying College Majors

Here’s an article on highest starting salaries for different college majors: With a backdrop of economic uncertainties and rising college costs, concerns have recently been raised about the value of a college education. A recently released study by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce addresses this issue head on. The study entitled, “What’s […]

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Loans and Educational Debt – Can You Afford Your Top Choice?

Can you afford your top college? Should you take out loans to pay for school? These are questions that weigh heavily on many students and their families. Decisions have been mailed out, but financial aid packages, scholarship decisions, and loans can strongly influence where students decide to go. A report in the New York Times […]

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What Is Behind Rising Tuition Costs?

Between overall economic trends and steep increases in college tuition, there have been hints of a tuition cost bubble. One of the main concerns is that the rise of college costs outpaces overall Consumer Price Index rates and inflation. Although worries over bubbles and general rising costs persist, the benefits of going to college continue […]

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5 Ways to Find Scholarships

Scared by the price tag of a school? Don’t take the first number as the final number. Tuition costs can be heavy on a family, but there are many options available through loans, grants, and scholarships. Here are five of the best ways to look for money when applying to school – at any level. […]

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