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Application Deadlines for Top Universities

If you plan on attending an American university, there are two dates that you should be concerned with. November 1st and January 1st of your final year of high school. Applications open in August, and if you want to apply for early decision or early action, you need to apply by November 1st. Early action can sometimes be a requirement to… Continue reading Application Deadlines for Top Universities

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Leveraging Early Decision to Apply to Top Colleges

Every college has application deadlines. You can only be admitted by submitting all necessary information through their application app (probably Common App). There are different ways and times you can apply, though. One critical method available at top private schools is called Early Decision (ED). You can only apply to one school via Early Decision. If you are… Continue reading Leveraging Early Decision to Apply to Top Colleges

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How to Start Applying to Top Colleges

One of the significant changes in the college landscape is how students apply to the colleges they want to attend. In the past, applicants needed to submit different forms to each university they hoped to attend. The Common App has changed everything. If you want to attend any top college in the United States besides MIT, Georgetown, or a University… Continue reading How to Start Applying to Top Colleges

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Can You Successfully Use Life Insurance to Shelter Assets from FAFSA/CSS?

My previous post discussed ways to move your assets away from reportable investment accounts. You can review FAFSA or walk through the CSS Profile, but here are the essential pieces I took directly from the two: FAFSA Investments include: Investments exclude: CSS Profile Investments include the parents’:  Investments do not include the parents’: CSS Strikes Again You will notice that… Continue reading Can You Successfully Use Life Insurance to Shelter Assets from FAFSA/CSS?

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FIRE Assets and College Financial Aid

I touched on this subject in my 2024 Financial Aid & FIRE and Surprise Benefit of FIRE in Southern Illinois post. Still, I would like to elaborate further on my frustration with the financial aid system of top-tier colleges. 2024-25 FAFSA changes are finally here. There are new calculations for aid. I got deep into this subject in my previous article,… Continue reading FIRE Assets and College Financial Aid