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Education loans you want to avoid

Posted by Lindie Johnson on Apr 24, 2017 6:16:00 AM

We spend a lot of time talking to potential borrowers about student loans, and we think it’s important to talk about the pitfalls and risks along with the benefits. With that in mind, here are the student loans that you’ll want to avoid.

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Topics: Borrowing for College

Things to know before you borrow [Infographic]

Posted by Lindie Johnson on Apr 20, 2017 1:28:27 PM

Are you looking to apply for a student loan? You're not alone. Student loans are a big part of paying for college and many students (and their parents!) have them. So, you want to know what types of loans are available, what questions to ask before you borrow, and the steps you need to take to apply for a loan? Well, you came to the right place! We've compiled an infographic (see below) with important details you need to know to educate yourself on student loans before you borrow.

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Topics: Borrowing for College

Repairing Your Credit to Refinance Student Loans

Posted by Lindie Johnson on Apr 14, 2017 10:16:00 AM

“Credit” is a magic word. It determines your borrowing capacity, which is going to then determine a lot of material factors in your life – where you live, the car you drive – even the cellphone you carry! Of equal importance, your credit score will determine your ability to refinance your student loans. Refinancing can be an extremely valuable tool, so if your credit is less than stellar, it may be time to take a look at repair.

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Topics: refinancing

FAQ on Student Borrowing

Posted by Lindie Johnson on Apr 10, 2017 11:04:00 AM

We get asked lots of questions about student loans every day. We’re here to help, and we love questions! So to save you some trouble, we’ve compiled this list of the most Frequently Asked Questions from student loan borrowers.

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Topics: Borrowing for College

Scholarship Myths - Busted!

Posted by Lindie Johnson on Apr 6, 2017 12:55:42 PM

While "shopping" for a college, the sticker price can be quite overwhelming. And unfortunately the trend shows that tuition and fees keep rising higher than the year previously. But on a positive note, there is a pattern in the net price that students are paying. There has been significant increases in grant aid (including scholarships), which allows students to attend college for less than what the college lists on their website. 

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Topics: Scholarships for High School Students

What you need to know about financial aid

Posted by Lindie Johnson on Apr 1, 2017 7:04:00 AM

If you are heading to college, listen up. Financial aid can prevent you from paying a big part of that big price tag, and knowing what the process entails will make applying a little less painful! So, you want to know if you qualify, what types of aid are available, and how to apply to receive aid? Well, you came to the right place! We've compiled an infographic (see below) with all the important information you need to know regarding financial aid.

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Topics: College Financial Aid, Financial Aid Award Letters

Q&A with Stacy Crooks, College Planning Center Director

Posted by Lindie Johnson on Mar 29, 2017 3:16:00 PM

Each spring, high school juniors eagerly start their college search. Helicopter parents everywhere are putting on the pressure to find the perfect school, write the perfect college essays, and get perfect grades. While the Universal Application and the Common Application have made it easier for students to apply to more than one college through a single application, the stress is still compounded as individual colleges often require supplemental essays where students are expected to showcase their personality and life's achievements.

When does it all become too much? We took some time to interview Stacy Crooks, Director of the College Planning Center of Rhode Island, to answer five common questions about college planning.

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Topics: College Planning

The A-Z Guide to Comparing Financial Aid Offers

Posted by Lindie Johnson on Mar 24, 2017 7:10:00 AM

If you take a step back and examine the full financial aid process, from FAFSA to repayment, you’re faced with a dizzying array of information and options. Important choices, unknowable outcomes, and enough industry language and confusing acronyms to make your head spin!

 

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Topics: College Financial Aid, Financial Aid Award Letters

The Pros & Cons of Student Loan Refinancing

Posted by Lindie Johnson on Mar 21, 2017 11:23:00 AM

If you've borrowed money to pay for college, at some point you may want to consider refinancing those student loans. For some borrowers, refinancing offers an opportunity to save money and better manage their budget. For others, it may not be the best choice. Read on to help decide whether refinancing is for you.

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Topics: refinancing

10 Tips about student loans you can't afford to miss

Posted by Lindie Johnson on Mar 15, 2017 10:30:00 AM

If you applied for college financial aid this year, chances are you were awarded federal student loans in your financial aid award letter. Before you accept the loans in your award - or look into other borrowing options outside of what was awarded to you - there are some things you need to know about college borrowing. Here are our top 10 tips you can’t afford to miss.

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Topics: College Financial Aid, Borrowing for College

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