Paying for College

Should you bother to fill out the FAFSA?

November 13, 2017 Lee Shulman Bierer

Should you fill out the FAFSA? In a word, yes. Many middle-class families have convinced themselves that filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, isn’t worth the effort because they have heard that only students from families […]

Paying for College

5 college best buys in North Carolina

November 13, 2017 Heidi Finley

Help is out there for Carolina students who put paying for college at the top of their concerns with The College Affordability Guide’s 2017 rankings. Washington, D.C.-based Degree Prospects started CollegeAffordabilityGuide.org in 2013. Its calculations include an affordability score that […]

Application Strategy

Is the IB Diploma worth the work?

November 6, 2017 Heidi Finley

My son is a seventh grader in a Middle Years International Baccalaureate (IB) program. In just a few years, he will have to decide if he wants to continue to the IB Diploma Program, a rigorous curriculum with a focus […]

Paying for College

Financial aid 101: What you need to know

October 30, 2017 Heidi Finley

The first question students ask is: “Will I be accepted at college X?” The first question parents often ask is: “How can we afford to pay for college X?” With college tuition prices escalating annually – faster than the cost-of-living […]

Paying for College

Warren Wilson offers new tuition-free programs

October 30, 2017 Heidi Finley

Warren Wilson College has announced two new programs that will give undergraduates starting in fall 2018 the chance to attend the liberal arts college tuition-free. “Our history of providing education to students in this region compels us to focus a […]

Finding the right fit

Triangle schools top WalletHub’s NC rankings

October 30, 2017 Heidi Finley

Triangle colleges dominate the top half of a new top-10 ranking of colleges and universities in North Carolina. Sorted based on their standing in a national ranking for 2018 by personal-finance website WalletHub, Duke University came in first in the […]

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