This is Issue #7 of our Top Tweets Tuesday series where we share the top college prep tweets we’ve come across to make planning for college just a little bit easier. Whether you’re just starting high school or you’re on your 15th campus tour this year, we hope we can offer a little insight and reassurance on your college bound journey. 

In this episode, Lauren interviews Brad Baldridge, a “late-stage college planning” expert. If you are looking for some strategic advice on how to pay for college, this is the perfect episode for you! It gets down into the nitty gritty of how financial aid works and the importance of considering more than a school’s sticker price. This is great advice for parents and students just starting to think about college and those of you who will be applying for financial aid this year!

We are big advocates for having conversations early about paying for college, but that is sometimes easier said than done. Check out this article for tips on talking about college costs.

If you haven’t already noticed, the theme this week is financial aid and paying for college. This article lists 6 great tips for boosting your college savings, including a couple of uncommon ideas. Did you know you could save money by prepaying tuition? Read the full article to find out how you can make college more affordable.

By now, you probably know that the FAFSA becomes available October 1st this year. If you are wondering what you should be doing to prepare for this upcoming task, watch this simple 2-minute video about the process of creating you FSA ID (Note: parents AND students must do this).

First of all, congrats seniors! This is your final year of high school and college is right around the corner. While this is an exciting time, it can also be stressful and overwhelming. Luckily, IvyWise has put together this list of 5 tips to help you find balance during senior year. Our favorite is tip #5: make it count! It is important to enjoy your last year of high school, because you can’t go back and do it again.

See you next Tuesday!