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To Apply or Not Apply for Need-Based Aid: Who Should Check the Box?

It’s no secret that during these uncertain economic times, colleges are having a more challenging time than ever maintaining balanced operating budgets.  And while the question of whether or not families should apply for need-based financial aid comes up every year, the idea that there may be an “admissions edge” when not applying for financial aid seems to be more relevant than ever.  So, who ...
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Financial Aid Prep 101: Timelines, Definitions, and How to Get Started

Amy Rice September 27, 2021 FAFSA, financial aid, CSS Profile
While students are knee-deep in the exciting college application process, it’s important not to forget about the other piece to the puzzle - financial aid! The two main forms for financial aid open October 1st, and we’ve got everything you need to know in order to successfully begin the process.
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Spring Break Reading List for Parents of Teens

Whether your spring break plans have you hitting the road or staying at home, the Estrela team has put together a list of books for you to check out! From navigating the college search process to determining how to pay for it, we've got you covered with the options below. We've also included something inspirational to remind you that this process will be full of twists and turns BUT also very ...
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Dos and Don'ts of Appealing a Financial Aid Award

Ah...February. The month of Hallmark’s favorite holiday. Also the month during which colleges will start to send out financial aid information. Quick caveat: this will only be for the schools to which your student has already been accepted. Colleges with April 1 notification dates will package the financial aid with the acceptance information.
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Let's Try This Again: Tips for Transfer Students

Completing the college admissions process is a milestone that many students are happy to put behind them. However, an astounding one-third of college students find themselves completing the process a second time as a transfer applicant. There are a variety of valid reasons to transfer universities. You may have had a change of heart about majoring in business and need to switch schools to pursue ...
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