Financial Aid, FAFSA & Scholarship Services

College Admissions Tips: Financial Aid and Scholarships

  • Set your educational goals while making an informed educational investment. Universities offer substantial merit-based scholarships. Leverage my experience to select colleges that provide an outstanding education and will offer scholarships for your student.
  • Understand the true cost of your undergraduate education.
  • Bonnie R. Rabin, Ph.D. has the unique experience and expertise to guide you through negotiating and maximizing your financial aid award and assistance with completing your FAFSA. Our comprehensive package includes expert assistance with all your financial aid and scholarship applications.

 Learn More About Financial Aid & Scholarships

Financial Aid Advisor, Bonnie R. Rabin, with clients

What’s the Real Cost of a College Education?

With the sticker price of a four-year private undergraduate education approaching $250,000, students and parents often make the mistake of avoiding private colleges in favor of seemingly less expensive in-state public tuition.

DON’T BE MISLED nor UNINFORMED ABOUT YOUR CHANCES OF SCHOLARSHIPS at PRIVATE UNIVERSITIES. With careful academic planning throughout high school, our students receive substantial merit-based scholarships.
Recent awards include full scholarships at New York University, Emory, Drexel, Miami, Penn State and many partial scholarships for almost every applicant. Please note that Ivy League universities have a unique approach to financial aid.

Bonnie R. Rabin, Ph.D. will clarify any confusion and help you make informed, cost-effective choices about you education. Having spent three decades as a university professor, she has the inside experience and knowledge to maximize your financial aid package. She understands how universities allocate financial aid dollars to incoming and returning students.

The comprehensive college admissions services package includes:

  • Understanding the financial aid process and your eligibility for financial aid and scholarships
  • Integrating college admission planning with your likelihood of receiving merit-based aid
  • Completing your FAFSA, CSS Profile, IDOC and school specific financial aid forms
  • Negotiating to increase and maximize your financial aid awards
  • Comparing financial aid awards for in-state and out-of-state options
  • Understanding your prepaid tuition plan, 529 investments and applicable IRS 1040 educational tax credit and deductions
  • Clarifying and comparing financial award letters
  • Understanding Student and Parent PLUS Loan Options
  • Guided Decision Making: Realizing your educational goals while making a wise educational investment

Are you Eligible for Financial Aid?

Speak to an Expert

We are pleased to share that most of our undergraduates requesting additional financial aid have been successful in securing additional funds.

Financial Aid Advisor, Bonnie R. Rabin

Bonnie R. Rabin, Ph.D. will help you to evaluate whether the sticker price of your financial aid award and the cost of education offers a potential return on the expensive educational investment facing your family. What many families do not realize is that the “sticker price” is not only negotiable but there are significant educational discounts based on the difference between the actual published cost and your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). How a college meets that difference is subject to negotiation depending on a number of factors that relate to how interested an institution is having the prospective student join the diverse incoming freshman class. We have the insider knowledge to help you negotiate and increase your financial aid award.

Scholarship Services: Customized Search and Application Assistance

Of the millions of dollars in scholarships available each year, hundreds of thousands are left undistributed. The most coveted and prestigious awards are highly competitive. The single most important factor in receiving serious consideration for any of these lucrative awards is a student’s high school GPA. Similar to college admissions, many other factors are considered for awarding various scholarships but not limited to an applicant’s extracurricular activities, religious affiliation, organizational membership, and personal characteristics which reflect the contribution each student brings to enriching campus diversity.

Some grant money is based on financial need while many awards are unrelated to financial need. In many cases, a completed FAFSA will be required for disbursement of awards to be applied to payment of tuition and educational expenses. Scholarships are also available from both universities and a wide range of external institutions including scholastic, athletic, political and employer-sponsored organizations to name but a few of the amazing opportunities to fund your education.

Our Comprehensive College Admissions package includes:

  • Recommendations for appropriate scholarships based on your academic, extracurricular and personal profile
  • Guided scholarship application assistance includes assembly of application materials, essay brainstorming and scholarship essay review
  • Preparation for interviews with scholarship selection committees
You don’t have to be a “Jedi Master” (perfect student) to earn a scholarship. There are countless lesser-known specialty scholarships in addition to well-known prestigious awards. Request your individualized educational analysis to match you to appropriate scholarships.

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