Transition Resources

Tax strategies can reduce college aid by Gail MarksJarvis on Chicago Tribune on February 22, 2011.  Click here for the article.

For Parents, the ABCs of college finance by Gail MarksJarvis on Chicago Tribune on February 4, 2011.  Click here for the article.

Lessons for Life with Gail MarksJarvis on February 23, 2011.  Click here for more information.

 Usually people don't consider college costs until it's so late that options are limited. 

Start by saving small amounts early, and find information on 529 college savings plans at www.savingforcollege.com.  

The latter is essential for understanding student loans. Most sites steer you to private loans, but finaid.com provides real help.

Try www.ed.gov/offices/OSFAP/DirectLoan/index.html.

* The Department of Federal Student Aid is launching a new brochure, Federal Aid First, a resource for students and families that explains - in simple terms - how they can apply for federal student aid and maximize more affordable, federal aid options. Federal Aid First explains the differences between federal and private student loans, the various kinds of federal student loans offered, and the dollar amounts available. Included are details on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is the starting point for obtaining financial assistance for college. 

Please contact Mrs. Drexler (847) 562-2100, ext. 2318 or vdrexler@coveschool.org for a copy of the brochure. She will send it home with your son/daughter.

Cove is pleased to support the launch of an exciting, innovative new resource www.college.gov.

College.gov was designed by students for students and features first-person accounts of students who overcame challenges to going to college such as peer pressure, lack of family support, and financial barriers.  It provides relevant, comprehensive information about why to go, how to go, and or to pay for college or other postsecondary education programs.  Young people who may not have considered higher education a viable option will be engaged, informed, and inspired to create their own "roadmap" to college.