Category Archives: Expected Family Contribution

How To Appeal Your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), Cost of Attendance (COA) and Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Suspension

How did you resolve the problem you had that led to your Satisfactory Academic Progress Suspension

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On this March 12, 2014 episode we discuss the importance of the filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA ASAP with Andrew Viscariello of Black Hawk College. In addition, we are discussing three appeal types when it comes to you or your students financial aid.

Guided by we talk with Mary Lawson, Associate Director of Financial Aid at Western Illinois University (@WIUNews) , First we cover the Estimated Cost of Attendance, or ECA/COA appeals, and how to appeal that if you feel the cost profile is too low.  Next, she discusses how to appeal your initial Expected Family Contribution number, or EFC and your Financial Aid Award Letter, if it does not reflect your current financial circumstances.

Next, we talk to Angeles Fuentes of California State University, Monterey Bay, about Satisfactory Academic Progress, or SAP Appeals and how most financial aid office’s deal with those appeals.

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How To Save Money While In College: Advice From Students

Saving For College

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On this March 6, 2014 episode we interview students on the ground about what they do to control costs while in school. We also discuss the declining number of students attending their first pick college, and why a private not-for-profit college may be cheaper than a state school. And don’t forget our scholarship of the week, the McDonalds Scholarships for High School Seniors.

Download The Episode: Ep14-10 March 6,, 2014

Coding Schools From a Students Perspective: J’s Coding Adventure at Bloc.io

J Terrell AllenIt’s February 26th,  2014 episode we interview J Terrell Allen (@jterrell), a student of Bloc.io (@TryBloc) about their particular teaching style, and his learning experiences at their DevSchool. In addition we discuss the Big Ten Ponzi Scheme article I wrote at my blog Git. Life. Commit..

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Download The Episode: Ep14-09 February 26th, 2014

How To Pick A Coding School: The Starter League & Learning In Person

The Starter League

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On this February 19th,  2014 episode we interview Vincent Cabansag of The Starter League (@VCabansag) about their particular teaching style at their DevSchool, and how his time as a student there led to him eventually working there. In addition we listen to three students discuss how they approach paying for college in different ways.

Download The Episode: Ep14-08 February 19th, 2014

Scholarships for New Educational Methods: Bloc.io & The New Relic Scholarship

Bloc.ioOn this February 12th,  2014 episode we interview Prasid Pathak (@Prasid) and David Paola (@dpaola2) about Bloc.io (@TryBloc), the difference between Mentorship and Dev-Boot Camps, and the New Relic Scholarship.  Our scholarship of the week is The Margarian Scholarship.

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Download The Episode: Ep14-07 February 12th, 2014

How to Perform Your Scholarship Search Effectively: Cappex.com & The Diamonds In The Rough

Cappex.com ScreenshotOn this February 5th,  2014 episode we interview Chris Long of  Cappex.com (@Cappex) about their online scholarship search tool we talk about what makes this one so unique and how to make the most of it.  Our scholarship of the week is The Boren Scholarship for International Studies The scholarship for students going abroad is sponsored by the Institute of international studies in Washington DC. Also we  talk to a student on how to best place their assets before signing the FAFSA.

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Download The Episode: Ep14-06 February 5th, 2014

How to Save Money By Selecting The Right College: WIU and The 4-Year Price Guarantee

The Fighting Leathernecks

This January 15th,  2014 episode we talk about college costs and how to make sure cost of attendance matches with total financial aid. We speak with Andy Borst (Twitter @WIUAndyBorst) regarding rising colleges costs, and how colleges and universities like Western Illinois University (twitter @WIUNews) are locking in rates for four years at a time to keep costs low for students.

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Download The Episode: Ep14-03 January 15, 2014