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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

How is financial aid eligibility determined?

Posted by Lindie Johnson on Jan 29, 2015 1:03:00 PM

Understanding how financial aid works can seem a bit difficult when you are a newcomer to the system. How do I apply? Where do I begin?  What will I need to apply? Among the many questions you may have, a crucial part of the process that will affect exactly how much financial aid you will get is your eligibility.

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Topics: College Financial Aid

10 steps to applying for financial aid in RI

Posted by Lindie Johnson on Jan 23, 2015 11:17:00 AM

Think you will need financial aid to help pay for college? Follow these 10 simple steps and learn how to maximize the amount of aid you can qualify for. 

10 Steps to Applying for Financial Aid in RI

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Topics: Scholarships for High School Students, College Financial Aid

How to handle special circumstances & divorce on the FAFSA

Posted by Lindie Johnson on Jan 15, 2015 10:30:00 AM

Understanding the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) may seem like a challenge at first. Once you add the hassle of a special circumstance or even a normal one such as divorce, completing the FAFSA may feel like a down right headache.

Although your situation may seem like receiving financial aid is impossible, don't let it stop you from putting your best foot forward. You are not the only person in these state of affairs and most likely you won't be the last. Here are few examples of special circumstances and how to handle them when completing the FAFSA.  

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Topics: College Financial Aid

5 worst pieces of advice we've heard about finding scholarships in RI

Posted by Lindie Johnson on Jan 7, 2015 3:00:00 PM

If you are concerned about how you will pay for college, you may have begun to look into various scholarships in RI. At first glance, it may seem as though there is no funding available for the average high school senior.  However, there are plenty of scholarships available - for every kind of student - that may take some time to locate and apply for. The key is to not get discouraged and listen to bad advice.  

Here are five of the worst pieces of advice we've heard about finding scholarships in Rhode Island. And if you are interested, here are some additional tips to make your search a success

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Topics: Scholarships for High School Students, College Financial Aid

Grants and Scholarships for High School Seniors

Posted by Lindie Johnson on Jan 2, 2015 10:17:00 AM

When you think of scholarships, you automatically think of straight A students with an extensive high school profile.  Although being chosen for a scholarship or grant is a great honor, your child doesn't have to be the valedictorian of their class to receive help to pay for college. If you are worried about accumulating large debt to send your child to college, it's imperative that you seek out all of your options. Believe it or not, there is free money out there for average high school students to claim for college. Here are some tips on how to find and claim college funding through scholarships and grants. 

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Topics: College Financial Aid, College Planning, Borrowing for College

How Much Financial Aid Can You Get?

Posted by Lindie Johnson on Dec 26, 2014 7:00:00 AM

At the College Planning Center, we often hear the same question from parents and students: "How much
financial aid can I get?" 

The sticker price on a college education is much higher than most families can pay out of pocket. But fortunately, there are billions of dollars in financial aid available each year that are awarded to help make college more affordable. So, how do you get your piece of the pie and how do you know how big that piece will be? 

How much financial aid you get comes down to two things:

  1. How much you are eligible for
  2. Where you go to college
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Topics: College Financial Aid