NJ College Admissions Specialist from Montgomery Educational Consulting Publishes a List of the Best Websites for Financial Aid Information

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This simple and handy list of financial aid information websites and tools from Andrea Aronson, a NJ-based college admissions counselor, is a "must keep" for any student who is interested in applying for financial aid.

I've tried to provide...a list of what I consider to be the most helpful and trusted sites.

In her latest blog post on the GreatCollegeAdvice.com website, Andrea Aronson, a college admissions specialist based in Westfield, New Jersey, gives readers her list of preferred websites that students and their families can use when trying to understand the world of financial aid.

Her recommendations are timely since financial aid application season is about to be in full swing. The Free Application for Financial Student Assistance (FAFSA), which must be filled out by all students who are seeking federal governmental aid, will become available on January 1, 2013, while the CSS Profile, an additional form required by selected colleges who provide institutional aid, became available on October 1, 2012. Ms. Aronson wrote a previous blog post in which she provided information about the CSS Profile and some of its confusing aspects.

“The Web is filled with lots of information about financial aid. Unfortunately, having too much information can also be overwhelming, and students and their families don’t necessarily know the best sources to look to for their particular questions and needs,” stated Ms. Aronson. “I’ve tried to provide them with a list of what I consider to be the most helpful and trusted sites.”

In her article, My Top Websites for Financial Aid Information, Ms. Aronson, a Senior Associate with Montgomery Educational Consulting, provides lists of sites in three main areas: successful completion of the FAFSA and CSS Profile, discussion of the general financial aid landscape, and international student issues.

In addition to just informational sites, she also provides links to some excellent tools, including some that help students forecast their potential debt and the time required to repay what they might borrow. “I find that interactive tools, such as some of those that I’ve suggested, really help students to get a clearer picture of their financial situation. And besides, those sites are more fun to visit!” Ms. Aronson remarked.

Worrying about how you're going to fund your education is stressful to begin with, and trying to sort through the mountain of information that is out there can add to the stress. Having a simple list of useful sites and links that can answer a student’s questions can make the process much less of a hassle.

From offices in Colorado and New Jersey, Montgomery Educational Consulting offers comprehensive, personalized educational counseling services to students locally, around the country, and around the world. These college admissions experts guide students every step of the way as they navigate the university search and application process. Then, they help students get admitted to the college that is right for them.

For more information about Montgomery Educational Consulting, call 720.261.8299, or email info(at)greatcollegeadvice(dot)com. Or visit http://greatcollegeadvice.com.

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