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About Richard Borin

Richard is a Registered Investment Advisor and Certified College Financial Planner. For the last five years, he has worked with College Connections’ families in college funding , both saving plans and financial aid maximization as Chief Financial Officer collaborating with his wife in making College Connections one of the most respected names in admission and financial consulting. Richard earned his Bachelors of Science at UCLA in history and economics and later founded and was Chief Financial Officer for what would become one of the largest private telecommunications distributors in the country. He is committed to helping families find their best value colleges. Richard resides in Los Angeles and works with families nationwide.
The Forgotten Element Of Success In Admissions

The Forgotten Element Of Success In Admissions

We know that High School GPAs, A Challenging High School Curriculum, Standardized Test Scores, Focused Extra-Curricular Activity, and The College Essay are the key ingredients for acceptance to your top choice schools. But here is a dirty little secret and the forgotten element of success in admissions that should be kept in mind. Ability and Willingness to PAY for a portion of your Cost of Attendance (COA) can be a key factor. Continue reading

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TIPS ON LESSENING COLLEGE EXPENSE

TIPS ON LESSENING COLLEGE EXPENSE

Tips on lessening college expense: Be proactive early in order to reduce the out of pocket cost of college later Continue reading

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5 TIPS AND CAUTIONS ABOUT FILING COLLEGE FINANCIAL FORMS

5 TIPS AND CAUTIONS ABOUT FILING COLLEGE FINANCIAL FORMS

For High School graduates of 2017, time to fill out financial forms is quickly coming upon us. For the first time ever, FAFSA will become available on October 1, the same date as the CSS Profile. And for the first time, FAFSA will be using your last 2 tax returns (2014 and 2015). Continue reading

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COLLEGES WON’T TELL IF YOU DON’T ASK

COLLEGES WON’T TELL IF YOU DON’T ASK

It seems that few students or parents are aware of Tuition Exchange Programs and colleges won’t tell you if you don’t ask. High School Counselors, Independent Educational Consultants, and especially colleges themselves are extremely neglect in making applicants aware. Continue reading

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WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR A REWARDING COLLEGE EXPERIENCE?

Just who is responsible for a rewarding college experience? http://www.gallup.com/poll/168848/life-college-matters-life-college.aspx What catches my attention in this original study conducted by Gallup-Purdue is the obvious correlation between four-year graduation rates and the answers to the questions provided by the inaugural Gallup-Purdue … Continue reading

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Don’t Force The College Fit

Look at just about any Independent College Admission website, and you will see some language referring to the goal of finding the right fit for the college applicant, academically and financially. This has led to a plethora of websites that … Continue reading

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THE FAFSA IS AVAILABLE: 3 REASONS TO GET IT DONE EARLY

THE FAFSA IS AVAILABLE: 3 REASONS TO GET IT DONE EARLY

On January 1, the FAFSA for 2016-2017 is available to all college applicants and parents of applicants.
Here are 3 things that should be done and reasons to get it done early. Continue reading

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Are Colleges At Risk To Alternative Education Choices?

Are Colleges At Risk To Alternative Education Choices?

  Are colleges at risk to alternative education choices? Yes, if they do not become more affordable without students taking on massive debt, and use more cutting edge teaching methods.  In economics, they say that “the cure for high prices is … Continue reading

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HUGE NEWS ON THE FAFSA PROCESS

HUGE NEWS ON THE FAFSA PROCESS

Beginning in the 2017-2018 school year, the FAFSA will now be available in October, opposed, to January, coinciding with the availability of the CSS/Profile. Continue reading

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When Does Student Debt Make Sense?

When Does Student Debt Make Sense?

Yes, debt can be a dirty word, but this specific student loan certainly does make sense, assuming that a college degree has a monetary value in that the lifetime income potential of college graduates is far higher than non-graduates. Continue reading

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