The Answer Sheet: Financial Aid


Posted at 05:03 PM ET, 12/13/2013

Education Dept. to recognize same-sex marriages for federal financial aid purposes

Department issues new guidance.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:03 PM ET, 12/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Financial Aid

Posted at 10:10 PM ET, 03/01/2013

How sequester will affect University of Maryland

Here's the letter the president of the University of Maryland sent out detailing how the school will be affected by the sequester.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:10 PM ET, 03/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Financial Aid, Funded Research, Sequester, University of Matryland

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 11/04/2010

College admissions’ dirty little secrets

A college admissions advisor warns parents not to let their kids find the school first and then figure out how to pay for it because "students whose parents can 'write the check' stand a markedly better chance of getting admitted, all other factors being equal.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:30 AM ET, 11/04/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College Admissions, College Admissions, College Admissions | Tags:  admissions process, college admissions, college applications, college tuition, financial aid, guest bloggers, sticker price

Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 04/08/2010

Kiplinger’s new tool for understanding financial aid

Kiplinger's has a new online tool to help families understand financial aid letters sent from colleges and universities.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:56 AM ET, 04/08/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College Costs | Tags:  Kiplinger's, financial aid, kiplinger's and financial aid, money for college

Posted at 06:33 AM ET, 04/05/2010

Negotiating the price of college -- Flagel, Part 4

Here is the fourth and last part of a college financial aid primer by Andrew Flagel, dean of admissions and associate vice president for enrollment development for George Mason University in Virginia: "The months that colleges and universities package financial aid – can seem a little dirty. I’m not talking DIRTY – I’ve yet to hear about a colleague finding a way to engineer financial aid kickbacks or helping the cartels launder money through financial aid. Clearly, however, the process is neither transparent nor easy to understand. For years I’ve listened to my colleagues cry that we’re NOT used car dealers (by the way, I know some very ethical car dealers), but in the end, it comes down to a basic question for most families: Can we negotiate/change the amount we’ll pay for school?”

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:33 AM ET, 04/05/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College Costs | Tags:  Andrew Flagel, financial aid, negotiating price

Posted at 06:32 AM ET, 04/05/2010

All about need-based aid: Flagel, Part 3

Here is the third part of a financial aid primer by Andrew Flagel, dean of admissions and associate vice president for enrollment development for George Mason University in Virginia: “Need-based aid is, for the most part, determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or, in street lingo, FAFSA. Actually, it would more likely be “FAFSizzle”, but that’s not important right now. The U.S. Department of Education works hard every year to make the form easier, but the truth is that any way you cut it the form is going to be somewhat time-consuming and confusing."

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:32 AM ET, 04/05/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College Admissions | Tags:  Andrew Flagel, FAFSA, financial aid

Posted at 06:31 AM ET, 04/05/2010

Scholarships: Who gets them and why--Flagel, Part 2

Here is the second part of a primer on financial aid by Andrew Flagel, dean of admissions and associate vice president for enrollment development for George Mason University in Virginia: "No matter how incredible your academic record, you’ll likely be shocked when that kid who slept all through junior year gets a larger scholarship from the same school. How is this possible? Just remember, scholarships are awarded to help colleges and universities get the students they want to enroll, not to be fair, just, or even reasonable.”

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:31 AM ET, 04/05/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College Costs | Tags:  andrew flagel, college costs, financial aid

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 04/05/2010

Merit-based aid is "to buy students"--Flagel, Part 1

Here is the first of four posts on financial aid for college, written by Andrew Flagel, dean of admissions and associate vice president for enrollment development for George Mason University in Virginia. Says Flagel: “The vast majority of merit-based aid is used, to put it bluntly, to buy students.”

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 04/05/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College Costs | Tags:  college costs, financial aid, merit-based aid, need-based aid