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Tuition payment plans: Are they the right option for you?

Posted by Lindie Johnson on Mar 20, 2015 11:04:00 AM

Tuition payment plans are one method that allow parents and students to pay tuition expenses over a short period of time, typically less than 12 months. These plans are often interest-free but often have some fees associated with them, although they are generally pretty low. 

Most of these plans allow you to set up payments to the college directly through your bank account on a monthly basis. These plans can be a good option for parents who can afford tuition, but can't manage to make one large payment in the beginning of the academic year. 

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Topics: College Financial Aid, College Planning, Financial Education for Students, Parents and College Planning

Borrowing for College: Federal Stafford Loan Profile

Posted by Lindie Johnson on Mar 17, 2015 3:30:00 PM

When you are thinking about borrowing for college, it's important to know and understand your options. In order to get the best loan for your college career, you have to dig a little deeper into the realm of college borrowing. Federal loans have many benefits such as fixed interest rates and payment deferment to those who qualify. Although there are multiple types of federal loans, the Stafford loan is among the most common. Here is a little insight about the federal Stafford loan.   

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Topics: Borrowing for College

Paying college tuition: How will you pay the bill?

Posted by Lindie Johnson on Mar 12, 2015 10:25:00 AM

College tuition bills typically are due around August 1st. That may feel like a long time away, but you need to start coming up with a plan on how you will pay that tuition bill soon. 

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Topics: College Financial Aid, Borrowing for College

How to build good credit

Posted by Lindie Johnson on Mar 9, 2015 3:24:00 PM

Getting an education is an essential tool which will benefit you in the future. Having good credit is just as important to help ensure your stability and help you successfully do things such as rent an apartment, buy or lease a car, and even get a good job. It is often said, a good name is priceless in life and so too is a solid credit history. Maintaining good credit will afford you many opportunities that would otherwise be impossible. It can show stability, consistency, responsibility and maturity – all of which are positive traits that can help you succeed in life. Do your long term goals include owning your own home? Would you like to land the job of your dreams? Here are a few tips on how to build good credit to live a more fulfilling life.  

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Topics: Financial Education for Students, Student Loan Repayment

Local scholarships in Rhode Island

Posted by Lindie Johnson on Mar 7, 2015 9:52:00 AM

If you think your opportunity to get a scholarship has passed, think again. Lots of local scholarships are Start Your Local  Scholarship Search still accepting applicants through April, May or June. 

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Topics: Scholarships for High School Students

7 things to do while you wait for your college acceptance letter

Posted by Lindie Johnson on Mar 2, 2015 11:28:00 AM

The only thing more stressful to a high school senior than applying to college is waiting for college acceptance letters. So many questions run through your head: "What if I don't get into my top choice college?" "What if I don't get into any college?" "What if I can't afford it after I receive my financial aid award?" 

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Topics: College Financial Aid, Borrowing for College

Making the most of college fairs in RI

Posted by Lindie Johnson on Feb 25, 2015 9:53:00 AM

Is a college fair on its way to your town? Not sure how to take the right approach to college fairs? When you go to college fairs in RI, you must be prepared and armed with confidence. Just showing up to a college fair is not enough for you to make the impact you need for your future. 

Here are a few tips on how to make the most out of the college fairs in Rhode Island. 

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Topics: College Planning

Financial Aid Deadlines: Don't miss them!

Posted by Lindie Johnson on Feb 16, 2015 7:00:00 AM

When it's time to attend college, it's no surprise that many students will need some sort of financial aid to pay for the large expense. A college education comes with a price and it is now your responsibility to secure the funds you need to get on the road to your future. It's time to take charge and be proactive in your quest to pay for your college career. It is paramount to be organized and keep up with the various deadlines for financial aid.

Here are some useful tips on how to stay current on financial aid deadlines and manage your timeline for financial aid. 

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Topics: College Financial Aid

Budgeting for Young Adults

Posted by Lindie Johnson on Feb 10, 2015 5:30:00 PM

As a young adult in today's world, your blossoming social life may take precedence over your need to budget. However, spending your money wisely now can free up extra funds for your future. The objective is to be responsible and ultimately have a comfortable retirement. In order to attain financial freedom, it's important to set realistic goals for a practical budget which you can stick to – now. Here are some tips on budgeting for young adults.  

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Topics: Financial Education for Students

Resume writing for upcoming college grads

Posted by Lindie Johnson on Feb 3, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Getting a job right after college may feel like an insurmountable task if you don't have much experience. You may feel intimidated by your peers who have a better professional profile and have worked in their given industries through internships. However, there are ways that you can make yourself a desirable candidate in the job pool.

The right resume can make all the difference in the world when it comes to landing a good job. Combine your previous experience with the right attitude to pursue the jobs of your dreams.

Here are some resume writing tips for upcoming college grads. 

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Topics: College Internships