Alice Murphey: CUNY Financial Aid Expert

Alice Murphey

Paying for college can be a struggle even in the best economic times. Alice Murphey, the University’s director of financial aid management, can help.  Murphey has been guiding students and families through the college financial aid process for 30 years.  Here she shares her expertise about how to make college more affordable – including filing financial aid applications, identifying scholarships  and budgeting wisely.

What your country and state can do for you

May 4, 2011

Uncle Sam wants you – to get a college education. And to make that happen, it offers a helping hand to U.S. veterans.

What is financial literacy and how do I get it?

May 4, 2011

You may have heard the term “financial literacy.” Unfortunately, it’s not something that is taught in college, but it’s essential that you master it so you can plan and pay for your education.

Earning Extra ‘Cash’ Credit

March 29, 2011

While you’re focusing on earning college credits, don’t overlook the “extra credit” the state and federal government offer you as a reward for your higher education.

Borrowing Smart for College

March 29, 2011

These days, when you graduate from college, you walk out into the work world not only with a diploma but also most likely with a high degree of debt.

Finding More Funds

March 29, 2011

What do you do if your financial-aid package comes up short?

Financial Aid Studying Your Options

March 29, 2011

Although classes won’t start until fall, the next big date to mark on your college-career calendar is April 1.

Making the Aid List

March 29, 2011

Remember how happy you were when you got your letter of acceptance to the college of your dreams?

Alice Murphey Financial Aid Column 3

March 29, 2011

Everybody works to get high marks in college, but in the so-called School of Financial Aid, sometimes it pays to get the lowest score.

Filling the Bill

March 29, 2011

What does college really cost? Ah, that’s the million-dollar question.

Applying for financial aid

March 29, 2011

If you are a high school senior who plans to attend college this coming fall you are facing the prospect of filing for financial aid.


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