Cost of Attendance: How Much Does College Really Cost?

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Written by: Tracie McGetrick of Student Choice

What does it really cost to go to college these days?

That’s a fair questions and believe me, I receive it a fair amount from students and parents across the country.

First things first, let’s define cost of attendance­, which you may see abbreviated as “COA” on your award letters or cost estimates from colleges. Cost of attendance is the sum…

Maximize Your College Financial Aid

Maximize your college financial aid

Written by: Dustin Limburg of Student Choice

As students prepare to head off to college, dealing with the costs of education can be overwhelming. We hear it all the time: “What can I do to get the most out of my financial aid?”

Once you add in the cost of living like food, books, and basic accommodations like furnishing a college room, the…

Parent PLUS Loans Versus Private Student Loans – Comparison

Private Student Loans Versus Plus LoansWritten by: Jim Holt and Steve Wynne of Student Choice

How do I know if I should select a PLUS loan or a private student loan?

That is a great question and one that we hear a lot from folks trying to figure out the best way to pay for college. Let’s take a deeper look at both kinds of loans…