Paying for

Your son was just accepted to his first pick college. Can you afford it?

Deciphering financial aid packages is like trying to understand the IRS' tax code.

Even after a careful examination of award letters, most parents still don't have a clue what their total cost will be.

Here are four must do's before signing on the dotted line:

🛑 Don't signup for Parent PLUS loans.

❓ Ask about sophomore year financial aid to uncover front-loading.

🏦 Don't bank on work-study jobs. There are more students than jobs.

💻 Use Edmit or TuitionFit to find the true cost to attend.

If you let emotions drive your decision on which college your child attends, you'll pay for it.

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