Human nature is such that when something doesn’t directly affect you, it’s easy to not pay attention. Such has been the case for this dad regarding the escalating costs of college, the incredible competition to get in, and all the bizarre and increasingly complex options to try and pay for it all. Maybe it’s a scam on us parents? Maybe it’s another bubble about to burst as some say about the over 1 trillion in student debt? All I know is we are paying a ridiculous fortune to send our first-born to a private college in Boston.
It’s that time of season where our kids are celebrating graduation…from elementary school on to college. “Dad” did not use the amazing Jodi Okun (College Financial Aid Advisors) for advice on how to prepare, best practices for applying, and the smartest and diverse ways in which parents and potential students can get scholarships and/or financial aid. That is why “Dad” is sobbing.
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Thursday, April 12, 2012
Jim Scheinberg (North Pier Fiduciary Management) for “Family Financial Matters.”
Pastor Drew Sams (DrewSams.com) for “Teen Rap.”
Jodi Okun (College Financial Aids Advisors) for “The Women’s Room.”
This show is loosely based on this week’s “A Dad’s Point-of-View” column, My Boys Would Be Better Off If I Abandoned Them.”
I suppose the title of this column got your attention. Of course I don’t mean it in any literal sense but I’ve begun a mantra/rant lately that includes this notion. My older son just got accepted to an expensive private college, The Berklee College of Music. For a number of reasons, he/we do not qualify for any financial aid. Upon consulting with my friend Jodi Okun of College Financial Aid Advisors, who helps families with these issues for a living, I learned the reasons we did not qualify for financial aid.