Monthly Archives: May 2014

For staying out of student loan debt trouble… Knowledge Is Power!

Until I started compiling info for this video, I really didn’t know how large student loan debt in the U.S. had gotten, and that it is thought to be threatening the economic recovery! Getting more knowledgeable about the types of student loans being offered is the key to staying out of debt trouble. In this video I point out a very useful website which deserves your time and attention.

FAFSA – Not That Scary!

Don’t run! It’s just the FAFSA!

Just sit down and watch this video. You might just feel a whole lot more confident and ready to tackle this infamous government financial aid form. After all it’s the most effective way to get money for college! It’s hard to believe, but the FAFSA is the gateway form to just about all the college financial aid there is.  The Federal Government takes the information you enter in the FAFSA form and computes your Expected Family Contribution or EFC. Almost all colleges take their cue from the EFC when it comes to handing out  grants, scholarships, work-study funds and federal student loans. Compared to the much more invasive CSS Profile form used by about 250 elite private schools, the FAFSA is a comparative snap. But stay vigilant and do your homework. This is your chance to get your fair share of the Federal student aid pie.

Baking a Low-Carb Scholarship Script!

Baking low-carb high-protein chocolate chip cookies today. I need the strength to write a script about private scholarships!P1250861

Here’s the recipe:

Low-Carb Chocolate Chip Cookies

Preheat 300 degrees convection

Mix these together:

5 eggs

1 stick softened unsalted butter

1 Tablespoon molasses

1 ½ c. Splenda

1 c. chopped prunes

1 c. chopped walnuts

1 bag Ghiradelli 60% Cacao chips

Mix these together:

1 c.+ almond flour

½ c.+ vital wheat gluten

1 ½ tsp Baking soda

½ tsp salt

Mix all ingredients together.

Spread parchment paper on baking sheets. Place small scoops of dough on paper. Place in oven. Switch shelves at 4 minutes. Switch shelves at 8 minutes. Check again every 2 minutes until medium brown on the bottom of the cookies. Slide parchment and cookies off onto counter. Repeat until batter is used up.


EFC Calculators

Learn to Use EFC Calculators!

EFC means Expected Family Contribution. It’s a calculation done by the Federal Government and/or certain upper tier colleges based on your family’s finances. This calculation will result in an immutable number around which your financial aid package (if any) will be designed. If your child is a senior when you discover this process, it’s pretty much too late to make any changes in your finances. If you are starting earlier to address this issue, then there are a few changes you can make in your finances that will change how they will be viewed for the EFC calculations. Mostly this is something to take up with your financial advisor (if you can even find one that understands the issues at hand). Check out this video I made about the College Board’s EFC Calculator. It can help you get a rough idea of what factors are considered in defining your EFC. Additionally, each college has a net price calculator on its website (usually inconspicuous) through which you can feed your financial information to learn whether you can afford the school or not. It’s pretty much a crap shoot as to the value of this information. You will be left with more questions than answers. So, if you have a financial aid question concerning the college to which your child will be applying, just call up the financial aid department! They are all regular people just like us! They will mostly try to answer your questions. Even if you feel dumb, just keep asking. The worst they can do is mock you behind your back. Oh well… So be a pest, but be a very nice pest, until you get the answers you want!


Foiled by the clinking earrings!

Here’s what I learned today. Long metal earrings make clinking noises whenever you move your head. Sensitive microphones pick this sound up very well. So the entire morning’s effort was ruined. I had to switch to these little pearly non-hanging jobs to make sure that it was “all quiet on the set”!