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College Rankings & Info. Kiplinger College - Channel. S Best Values in Private Colleges. See All Tools Advertisement SEE ALSO: College Finder Map|Sortable Rankings|SPECIAL REPORT: College Rankings, 2014 Compare the 200 top values in liberal-arts colleges or private universities, or create your own custom lists of colleges from our rankings or schools from a particular state.

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Use the arrows at the top of any column of data to rank any list of colleges by cost and financial-aid measures. Great Schools, Great Prices. Negotiate the Best Possible Financial Aid Deal. The recession and sputtering economy made it harder for families to pay for college even as they have hurt college endowments.

Negotiate the Best Possible Financial Aid Deal

On March 1, the Department of Education warned that the across-the-board budget cuts known as "sequestration" would hit federal financial aid programs hard. Still, resourceful parents and students will find that there's money out there for those who know where to look – and how to speak up when that fat welcome package announces a scrawnier-than-expected financial aid award. The typical aid package includes federal need-based grants, work-study funding and subsidized Stafford loans, where the government pays the interest for you while you're in school, based on your family's financial information on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

The state may provide some funds, too. Then there are merit scholarships offered by the institutions themselves for academic achievements or talents. [See which colleges have the most students receiving merit aid.] Colleges That Claim to Meet Full Financial Need. Elite colleges are a long shot for most students.

Colleges That Claim to Meet Full Financial Need

Most top-ranked Ivy League schools accept less than 10 percent of applicants, and those who make the cut have glowing academic resumes. Some students with stellar credentials take one look at the price tag and don't even bother to apply. This is especially true of low-income students. Poor students shy away from elite colleges, despite being qualified, according to a December 2012 report by the National Bureau of Economic Research. Part of the reason is a lack of information, a byproduct of minimal recruiting efforts, which causes students to believe the schools are financially out of reach. Many exclusive – and expensive – colleges offer generous financial aid packages to students who demonstrate financial need. A student's EFC is calculated by the federal government using information collected via the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Applying to College. College Links. Cappex - College Search and Reviews, Scholarships, College Admissions Chances.

The 10 Best College Websites - The College Solution. When I typed "college" into Google today, I got 631 million hits.

The 10 Best College Websites - The College Solution

When I searched for "scholarships" and "financial aid," I generated another 51 million and 58 million results. Nobody has time to slog through all that and a lot of it is probably schlock anyway. You can, however, dramatically cut down on the time you need to find great colleges at bargain prices if you spend time visiting what I consider to be the 10 best college websites.

In no particular order, here are my choices for the top 10 college websites: 1. 2. 3. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Getting the Education You Want for the Price You Can Afford. Fastweb : Scholarships, Financial Aid, Student Loans and Colleges. SAT / ACT PREP LINX. EARLY CAN DO'S. EARLY COLLEGE CLASSES. FIN AID & PLANNING. 529 Rebels: Alternative ways to save for college.

Negotiate the Best Possible Financial Aid Deal. Saving for College: The 529 Plan & Alternatives - Bank on Yourself. College Planning. Exploring the Various Ways of funding a College Education Before your child was even born, you were planning.

College Planning

What will we name him? What color should we paint her room? What is the best childcare alternative? But with all the demands and decisions that new parents face, one important aspect is often unintentionally overlooked in those early stages – college. What’s more, saving for a child’s education doesn’t necessarily have to rest entirely with parents. You have big dreams for the child in your life. Start Planning Today Although it is best to start the college investment process when your child is young, it is never too late to begin.

Investing for a Younger Child’s Education If your child is young, then time is on your side. Investing for an Older Child’s Education Don’t panic if your child is already in high school. Take a close look at options without specific contribution limits, as they may be more appropriate for you now. Also, talk to your child about specific goals. Benefits IRAs. 3 Smart Alternatives to 529 Plans to Help Pay for College. College costs continue to soar, making it more important than ever to help save for your kids' college education.

3 Smart Alternatives to 529 Plans to Help Pay for College

But what's the best way to save? Advocates of college savings plans have dubbed May 29 "529 Day," referring to the section of the Internal Revenue Code that authorizes the tax-favored accounts known as 529 plans. How to Reduce Your EFC Before It’s Too Late. I received an interesting question from a reader today regarding her daughter’s financial future a year before she is to leave for college.

How to Reduce Your EFC Before It’s Too Late

Lee has asked the following Hi, I am a mother of two from a middle class family. I have a daughter who will be attending college as a freshman this fall, and I have a second daughter who will be a high school senior this fall. This post is concerning my second daughter.