With all the winter fun holidays behind us it's time to focus on family finances. Tis' the season for filings of all kinds- business tax returns, federal and state income taxes seem to fill up much of our evenings and weekends this time of year. (I'm desperately trying to get mine finished up this weekend before March Madness comes!)

This issue is dedicated to helping you with the filing of your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

Studies report a 40% error rate in filing their FAFSA by parents. This can translate to a loss of financial aid for your student. No matter what stage your student is at you will benefit from learning much from this issue.

There's also some myths to unveil. For instance, for those not familiar yet with our approach to finding the most free sources of all types of aid, for many higher income families it may make the most sense NOT to file your FAFSA initially.

Complementing this issue is my featured resource Financial Aid Pitfalls to Avoid.

Know other parents of high schoolers? I appreciate you letting them know about these valuable learning opportunities. See my upcoming live workshops beginning Wed. Mar. 2nd in the Rochester, NY area.

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Please let me know how we can further assist you.

Happy Filings,

Dennis Raup


CAPlus News - February/March 2011

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The holiday season is over, and the spring semester is in full swing! It's time to file or re-file your FAFSA if you haven't yet. Don't wait until the deadline!

High school students should take or re-take the SATs and ACTs if you haven't yet. Keep all acceptance letters and make your final decision after you've looked at all financial aid packages. College students should start thinking about job possibilities for the summer, and talk to people who might be able to help you network.

Check out some of our articles that will help you and your family make smart college decisions.

Before You File Your FAFSA

It's time to file your FAFSA! But before you get started, make sure you'll have everything that you will need.

5 Common Myths About the FAFSA

Don't make the mistakes that many parents and guidance counselors make on the FAFSA!

Interpreting Your Financial Aid Letter

Don't be confused by your financial aid letters. Learn more decoding your financial package here.

8 Great Study Tips for Students

Studying for exams can be tedious, but you can learn to make the most out of your study time by following these tips!

Find a standardized test

SAT: Mar 12 (Register by Feb 11)
sat.collegeboard.com
ACT: Apr 9 (Register by Mar 4)

www.actstudent.org

Find a college workshop

We hold free workshops around the country to help you learn some of the things you don't know about college. Find a workshop near you.

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www.collegeassistanceplus.com


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What Clients Are Saying



“…without your involvement, we never would have thought to approach the college directly…. We got the documentation together to obtain residency, created letters to send and were granted residency which translated to $20,000 in savings.

THEN we went back and said, 'don’t take away her out-of-state scholarship just because she is now a resident' and got OSU to maintain the $7,000 scholarship".

"We would like to express our appreciation for the service that our daughter received.

She is our first child to go through the college application process, and it was very intimidating for our whole family. You were able to create a clear, understandable path for our daughter.

As a result of all of this hard work, our daughter was offered three presidential scholarships at various colleges, including a full tuition scholarship to a private college.

Thanks again, and we look forward to working with you on our son's upcoming college search."

"HWS presented an above average financial aid award, however, it included some work study. With your guidance, I went back and asked that the work study be converted to either grant or scholarship to relieve the financial burden while allowing my daughter to focus on academics.

They came back with the conversion AND continued to keep her eligible for an equal amount of money through work study."