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Refinancing education loans can save you lots but you must be weary of rates.

Posted by Lindie Johnson on Oct 5, 2015 8:51:33 AM

I recently decided to run a little experiment. I often blog about the risks of credit based pricing, and how lenders lure you in with a "teaser" rate, only to offer you a much less appealing one after you apply. Many people are frustrated and disappointed with the rate they actually receive, but don't want to go through the whole process of finding a lender or applying again - or worse, are assured they won't do better elsewhere - and accept their mediocre rate and continue on with the process. This can sometimes cost borrowers thousands of dollars. 

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Topics: refinancing

College Planning Guide: Getting Started

Posted by Lindie Johnson on Sep 29, 2015 1:31:21 PM

Your child is a sophomore or junior in college. You know it is time to get started with the college planning process (if you haven't already) but it is hard to know where to begin. This college planning guide will help your child get started with conducting a self-inventory and taking off with his or her college search. 

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Topics: College Planning

Refinancing Student Loans Can Simplify Your Life

Posted by Lindie Johnson on Sep 24, 2015 4:09:04 PM

If you have college loans for your or your child's education, then you are probably counting down the days until they are paid off. College loans can be a bear to manage. Many students and parents are paying multiple bills every month. Others are trying to make ends meet while staying on top of large monthly payments or paying more interest than they would like. In general, students and parents are simply spending more time thinking about their college loans than most people care to spend. 

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Topics: refinancing

Parent tips: 5 Ways to help your child pick the best college

Posted by Lindie Johnson on Sep 16, 2015 11:04:03 AM

Being a parent comes with challenges during every stage of life. It's a balancing act and during stressful times, a delicate one. Deciding on where to apply to college is equally exciting and terrifying for students. As a parent, you are likely feeling many of the same emotions as your child. You want to be supportive, but you also want your child to be realistic. You've been around the block, and you don't want for your child to make mistakes that can affect their future success or happiness.

So how do you help your son or daughter choose the right school? 

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Topics: College Planning

6th Annual College Planning Center College Fair

Posted by Lindie Johnson on Sep 5, 2015 7:30:00 AM

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Topics: College Planning

7 Tips for Borrowing Less for College

Posted by Lindie Johnson on Sep 2, 2015 1:40:18 PM

If you are like most parents, the thought of borrowing for your child's college education gives you the willies! Borrowing is a scary thing, and sending your child off to college just makes the whole process even more anxiety provoking. But fear not, there are some ways you can minimize your borrowing costs. 

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Topics: College Planning, Borrowing for College

Comparing Education Loans: How to

Posted by Lindie Johnson on Aug 24, 2015 1:13:10 PM

Whether you are looking for an education loan to pay for school or you are seeking to refinance your college loans, there are some important factors you should pay attention to. Use this list to help you compare your education loan and student loan refinancing options:

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Topics: Borrowing for College, refinancing

What to Pack for College in RI

Posted by Lindie Johnson on Aug 17, 2015 12:46:00 PM

If you are heading to Rhode Island for college, you are in for a treat. Little Rhody might be the smallest state in the continental US, but RI is big on culture and full of activities. Coming to college in Rhode Island? Here's a list of 10 things you should definitely pack. 

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Topics: College Planning, College Dorm Rooms

The 5 worst ways to pay for college

Posted by Lindie Johnson on Aug 3, 2015 11:00:46 AM

If you are trying to figure out how to pay for college, then you may be considering using a student loan, credit card, home equity loan or even your retirement savings. Before you make any decisions, read about the 5 worst ways to pay for college and make sure your strategy is sound.  

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10 Questions to Ask Before Taking Out a Student Loan

Posted by Lindie Johnson on Jul 20, 2015 3:57:43 PM

If you or your child are planning on borrowing for college, there are some questions you should first ask yourselves. Not all loans are created equally and doing some careful comparisons and figuring answers to some tough questions could save you lots in the long run. We've put together the below list of questions to help get you started with this process.

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Topics: Borrowing for College