Financial Aid

What Families Need to Know About College Financial Aid

What Families Need to Know About College Financial Aid

College costs continue to soar, and student loan debt in the U.S. now exceeds $1.5 trillion dollars. The average student graduating from college in 2016 had nearly $30,000 in debt....

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Filling Out the FAFSA: Your Guide

Filling Out the FAFSA: Your Guide

The Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the basis on which colleges decide financial aid, so it is important students and parents fill them out. Find Your Best-Fit College and Get...

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Financial Aid Award Letters: What You Need to Know

Financial Aid Award Letters: What You Need to Know

Financial Aid Award letters from universities are misleading and difficult to understand. Here’s what you need to know about them. Find Your Best-Fit College and Get In Schedule Your Free...

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Filling out the CSS/Profile: Your Guide

Filling out the CSS/Profile: Your Guide

The CSS/Profile, like the Free Application for Financial Student Aid (FAFSA), it is used to determine how much money a college will offer you. Find Your Best-Fit College and Get...

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Five Things Every Family Should Know About Paying For College

Five Things Every Family Should Know About Paying For College

Many families don’t think early enough about how to pay for college. But with a little planning, the challenge of paying for college is manageable. Find Your Best-Fit College and...

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Five Reasons to Work With a College Admissions Coach

Five Reasons to Work With a College Admissions Coach

A great college admissions coach can help reduce the stresses of applying to college and make the process much easier to navigate. Find Your Best-Fit College and Get In Schedule...

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How a College Admissions Coach Can Help You Achieve Better Results

How a College Admissions Coach Can Help You Achieve Better Results

An experienced college admissions coach can be critical to help students and families navigate the process, set priorities, and achieve better outcomes. Find Your Best-Fit College and Get In Schedule...

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Six Tips to Help You Cut the Cost of College by Tens of Thousands

Six Tips to Help You Cut the Cost of College by Tens of Thousands

While the benefits of a college education outweigh the costs by a lot, the cost is daunting. Here are six tips on how you can cut the cost of college...

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Why Finding a Great Fit College Matters

Why Finding a Great Fit College Matters

College admissions isn’t just about getting in, it’s about finishing and thriving in life. That’s why it matters that you find a great fit college. Find Your Best-Fit College and...

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Five Tips on Building a Realistic College Financial Plan

Five Tips on Building a Realistic College Financial Plan

If you’ve got a student in middle or high school, here are five tips to help you get started on your college financial plan today! Find Your Best-Fit College and...

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<a href="https://www.lifelaunchr.com/author/swamusyahoo-com/" target="_self">Venkates Swaminathan</a>

Venkates Swaminathan

Venkates Swaminathan (Swami) is the founder and CEO of LifeLaunchr, the world's first virtual college admissions coaching platform, and a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling. Swami has been an executive in the education and technology industries for over 25 years. He has an M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois, and a B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. He is the father of a child in college, and in his spare time, he is a jazz and Indian classical singer and pianist.

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Nailing the University of California Personal Insight Questions

Nailing the University of California Personal Insight Questions

The Universities of California require you to answer four of eight personal insight questions. Here's what you need to know to answer these questions.

Filling out the CSS/Profile: Your Guide

Filling out the CSS/Profile: Your Guide

The CSS/Profile, like the Free Application for Financial Student Aid (FAFSA), it is used to determine how much money a college will offer you.

Filling Out the FAFSA: Your Guide

Filling Out the FAFSA: Your Guide

The Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the basis on which colleges decide financial aid, so it is important students and parents fill them out.

Creating An Authentic Balance in Your College List

Creating An Authentic Balance in Your College List

To make a good college list, focus on finding good fits, rather than chasing after the highest-ranked colleges. Rankings are arbitrary.

How You Can Thrive During Remote Learning

How You Can Thrive During Remote Learning

Last spring taught us some lessons about thriving with remote learning. Here are keys to success with online education during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Writing About COVID-19 in Your College Admission Essay

Writing About COVID-19 in Your College Admission Essay

For students applying to college using the CommonApp, there are several different places where students and counselors can address the pandemic’s impact, and those different sections have differing goals.

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