5 Ways to Fail at Your Scholarship Search

Posted by Lindie Johnson on Jan 20, 2016 11:09:00 AM

You recently read a story in the news about a college grad who fully funded his education with scholarships. This story gets you excited. Maybe your child can graduate college with no debt simply by applying for scholarships. Millions of dollars in scholarships each year go unfunded, you hear. The wheels start spinning. Yes! This is the solution to your problems!

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Topics: Scholarships for High School Students

Financial Goal Setting for Millenials

Posted by Lindie Johnson on Jan 7, 2016 1:11:59 PM

You graduated from college last year. Your expectations were big and your dreams even bigger. You had visions of yourself driving a sports car, eating dinners out at fancy restaurants, and finally being able to relax now that you have a real job and a salary to go with it. 

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Topics: Student Loan Repayment

How Much Financial Aid Can I Get?

Posted by Lindie Johnson on Dec 23, 2015 9:03:28 AM

On January 1, the floodgates to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) open up. Students and parents nationwide will eagerly complete the application (some laboring over it for hours) in hopes of getting the most financial aid possible. The majority of these families have no idea what to expect.

How much financial aid can you get and what influences what you are awarded? This is a question we hear again and again at the College Planning Center and the big answer is, "it depends."

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Topics: Scholarships for High School Students, College Financial Aid

Colleges in RI Series: The Public Schools

Posted by Lindie Johnson on Dec 8, 2015 6:09:22 PM

If you are a Rhode Islander, you have access to a great education locally at any one of RI's three public colleges & universities. Here is a brief rundown on what each school has to offer. 

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Topics: College Planning

9 Ways to Pay Off Your Student Loans Faster

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

If you want to be student debt free, you are not alone. Take a quick look through social media, and you'll find hundreds of students talking about their student loan payments. Despite what you often see in the news, however, payments are manageable for most students. But if you want your student debt to go away completely (and fast!), it is going to take a little bit of sacrifice and a lot of diligence.

Follow these 9 tips to help yourself pay off your student loans faster.

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Topics: Financial Education for Students, Student Loan Repayment

Financial Aid 101: Types of Aid

Posted by Lindie Johnson on Nov 24, 2015 11:46:00 AM

Wondering how you can pay for a college education for you or your child? You know that a college education will pay off in greater financial earnings and career choices. However, cost of tuition, fees, living expenses, books, and transportation increases every year. Students and their families sometimes find navigating the the financial aid process confusing. What types of aid are available?

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Topics: College Financial Aid

5 Reasons to Refinance Student Loans

Posted by Lindie Johnson on Nov 21, 2015 7:00:00 AM

Student loan refinancing is a hot topic in the news these days. Legislators are making proposals to bring refinancing in at the Department of Education, and a day doesn't go by without some big headline about soaring student debt levels. But is refinancing a good idea for everyone? That is a definitive no. So when does it make sense to do? Here are 5 reasons you may want to consider refinancing your student loans. 

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Topics: Student Loan Repayment, refinancing

Visiting Colleges in Rhode Island

Posted by Lindie Johnson on Nov 18, 2015 11:10:19 AM

Your student is ready to embark on a new journey: the college application process. What you should do as a parent is really important, especially during the early stages. So, before you jump in and drive to a school, follow these steps to make the application process a little more special.

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Topics: College Planning

The Best Strategy for Selecting Colleges

Posted by Lindie Johnson on Nov 3, 2015 2:44:00 PM

The process of choosing a college can be difficult for many families – and for good reason. Committing to four or more years of schooling, the financial cost, and the affect such schooling has on the student's future career – it is no wonder families devote so much time and effort to deciding on what school is the right school.

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Topics: College Planning

Saving Time with the Common App

Posted by Lindie Johnson on Oct 31, 2015 7:30:00 AM

Have you finally made it to senior year only to realize that now you have to get serious about applying to college? Perhaps no one in your family has gone to college before and the whole idea seems overwhelming. Before senioritis really sets in and makes you panic about all the work ahead, consider applying to college through a universal college application.

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Topics: College Planning, College Essays