The Simple Truth

Even though applying for financial aid is a high-risk endeavor, with help parents can manage the process and get the results they want.

As tax returns became more complicated and the fee professionals charged to prepare their taxes kept going up, do-it-yourself software programs made it easier and cheaper to file your own returns. Granted, many people still use CPAs and accountants but lots of people do it themselves. If you are a Do-It-Yourselfer you are going to like what I am about to tell you.

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Because college costs so much and the complexity of the financial aid system has increased, my company developed a financial aid management system for professionals. It’s called FAFSAsoft and they use it to find colleges that will give the best financial aid awards, file the major financial aid forms, upload institutional aid applications, and tax documents. It even evaluates financial aid awards so you know if the student received the best package they could and if they didn’t, negotiate for more.

But professionals can charge a lot of money to help parents with the financial aid process and not every family can afford to pay up to $2,400.

Which is why we made a parent version and called it FAFSAssist™.  

FAFSAssist™ is a complete system. It’s a Virtual Personal Financial Aid Advisor, Coach, and Administrative Assistant! Just like TurboTax simplified filing taxes, FAFSAssist™ simplifies applying for aid. And a lot more for $149.00.

Obviously, a few webinars and videos won’t make you a financial aid expert. But you don’t need to become one because your family situation is unique to you and all you need to know is how to use the financial aid system for your family’s benefit, not everyone else’s.

There are FAFSA filing services offered for free or for a very low cost.  The reason these services are free or cheap is that the companies offering these services will examine your finances and try and sell you private student loans or inappropriate investments to “lower” your Expected Family Contribution.  This is usually of no benefit because the parent and student income are the primary drivers of the financial aid formulas.  Assets account for a much lower portion of what the EFC will be.  You get what you pay for!