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Welcome back everybody for the last decade the cost of a college tuition it -- been on a steady rise so in today's take charge consumer protection segment.
We look at the secrets of college financial -- and even if you don't qualify for aid how to get the best tuition deal.
Here to help us -- -- -- -- editor in chief of student advisor dot com.
That folks is a free resource for parents and students looking for the right school at the right price great to have you here dean.
Thanks my pleasure thank goodness this is all behind us personally but I know the letters yeah.
Coming out right now for acceptance and students want to go to certain schools sometimes -- folks -- even them if they're paying for themselves they can afford it.
What are some of the schools doing to entice them to pick something a little above their budget.
There's all kinds of different.
-- opportunities for schools that are offering deals whether it's a discount through Groupon.
Or it's -- it's an online opportunity that their advertising said there's some amazing schools that.
Are having some offers and what you have to do is you have to look.
For them online whether they're on their web sites or on their recent press information or even in -- social media they're often talking about them whether it's in their tweets.
Or it's on their FaceBook pages and it's a great way to find out what are some of the specials that they're offering.
I know you find these specials and people can go to the website for more information but for our purposes.
Some schools if they can offer less tuition they're offering things like free textbooks.
Could that add up over the years to something that should make you consider a school that's doing.
Free textbooks are great way that schools are enticing you to go to their school.
And in fact even if they're not offering free textbooks if you search online you can rent.
Or by a textbook at 40% off so there are ways to reduce the costs using those textbooks and using online resources to search for the text -- get want to ask you this secret to financial aid.
And if you don't qualify if you're a full pay a private pay student.
What are the questions you can ask a university to try to get a little -- your way.
Most importantly you have to fill out the fast -- which is the free application for federal student day.
But when you go to this school you want to ask them do they offer and unique scholarships.
Do they have any programs that might be available for you you also want to know if you could take extra courses.
And graduate in three years so you can save up to 25%.
If you could accelerate the program.
As well as considering things like off campus housing that's another way to reduce the cost while you're there and you want to make sure that the school offers does.
As well as considering a community college for the first two years -- -- But if you do go that route you wanna make sure that what ever classes in credits you take transferred -- that other school do you want to go to.
So look at that in advance I know you knew recommended if you fill up that financial aid application I suppose you'll tell me.
Do you feel like everyone should do it in just give it a shot you may not think you're qualified that you could.
But you say look it over not once not twice three times why.
Because there's so many mistakes it can be made.
And truthfully 53%.
Of families don't fill out the the fast reform because they don't think they're eligible and in fact they are.
So you want to make sure that you fill that out and some of the most common mistakes.
Are putting in incorrect information whether it's your license or your Social Security number you never want to leave any blanks because that can also trigger a mistake.
You also want to make sure that you're student files his income taxes or her income taxes because even if there is -- zero.
For income it could imply that you odds is our financial aid.
-- you wanna make sure you take care of all those things and and you look at that at least three to four times so there are no mistakes you know what you just and -- I think you -- some -- let's go to the college of their dreams I sure hope so thanks for being I have -- -- My pleasure thank you so much -- nice to meet.
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