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Preparing for the Cost of College | Brian Eufinger | Ep 460

In this episode: financial aid, college planning, standardized tests, optional tests, meeting needs, and preparation.

This week we are re-joined by Brian Eufinger to discuss ways to best prepare your children for college admissions, navigating the new changes to FAFSA and the CSS profile, and how you can maximize prepping for your child’s higher education. While college prep can be stressful for students, from maintaining their GPA to taking multiple standardized tests, it can be just as stressful for parents to figure out financial aid and how to best set up their child for success before and after graduation. However, knowing the factors to consider early on and having the knowledge in advance can make this process far less daunting! While stressful as it may be, remember that there are many different resources available to you and your child that give you the knowledge that may alleviate the pressures that come with college prep and financial aid! 

Brian Eufinger:


  • 1:06 – Introduction
  • 4:53 – The Impact of Merit Aid
  • 11:49 – When, Where, and How to Think About Standardized Tests
  • 18:33 – The Intersection of The School, Price, Opportunity, and Comfort
  • 25:20 – Standardized Tests and The Reality of Preparation
  • 31:08 – Tests (Not) Optional
  • 37:32 – Governmental Forms and Financial Aid
  • 46:43 – The Variance of Need Meeting and Aid Changes
  • 51:13 – Preparation and Knowledge With College Planning
  • 55:23 – Non-Academic Path to Savings
  • 58:14 – Conclusion

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