We love celebrating Labor Day by going camping. We call it our “not back to school” camp and have been doing it for years. It’s intentionally timed when all the other children across the country are back in school. Less crowds (or none!) and cooler temperatures. My second youngest was born at the tail end… Continue reading September 2021 Update
The FAFSA’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC) for college expenses has two components. I dug previously into the Expected Parental Contribution (EPC) and how to minimize it. Today, we’ll look at the second component, the Expected Student Contribution (ESC). Obviously, the expectation for how much a student contributes to their own education is higher than for… Continue reading Financial Aid: Student’s Contribution
Recently, I was talking with a Maryland resident about 529s, financial aid, and tuition. You know, my favorite subjects. After the conversation, I poked into the costs of attending the University of Maryland and found a surprise: differential tuition. Huh. What is lurking behind this obfuscation? Let’s find out. What Good Is Differential Tuition? In… Continue reading What is differential tuition?
Happy Labor Day! I graduated from graduate school over 16 years ago and got my first “real” job at MegaCorp. I switched jobs in January 2013 to LittleCorp, which was bought within a year by DumpsterFire. Later, in January 2017, I left DumpsterFire for StartupInc, and I’ve been here for over 4 ½ years. Over… Continue reading A Tale of Salary and Inflation