6 Ways to Get Your Tuition Bill Paid

Jul 8, 2021 9:20:00 AM

Many students and families cannot write out just one check in order to pay the tuition bill in full for each college semester.  If that’s the case, you may want to try satisfying that bill with smaller amounts from various sources to give you a sustainable and repeatable strategy for each semester going forward to pay for college, while also trying to reduce long term debt.

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RISLA’s 2021/2022 Student Loans Rates Now Available!

Jun 1, 2021 2:31:58 PM

The “new normal”.  Hopefully the new normal includes seeing many more students, safely back on campus, enjoying the higher education journey. With that being said, we are happy to announce that this year, RISLA is offering our lowest student loan rates in our history of offering non-federal, private student loans for students attending school.

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Topics: Borrowing for College, Parents and College Planning, student loans

Why Volunteering Matters

Apr 23, 2021 2:30:00 PM

People choose to volunteer for a multitude of reasons. For some, it gives them a chance to give back to the community or improve the lives of people around them. But others volunteer because they are looking to gain skills and connect with like-minded people. Regardless of the reason, volunteering can do more for you than you may realize.

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Topics: career planning

College Courses Future Employers Will Love

Apr 9, 2021 9:47:56 AM

For new grads, employment hinges on just a few variables. What type of work experience do you have and what have you learned on the job? What interests you and why are you approaching the employer about the opportunity? And then, the great divider for entry level applicants: how did you perform academically?

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Topics: College Internships, Post-Graduate Employment

How to Appeal Your Financial Aid Award

Mar 25, 2021 9:47:10 AM

The good news is in! Your child received his or her acceptance letter(s).  Next, what you were waiting for - the college financial aid award letter. Lots of parents are surprised to see what the school offered and sometimes were expecting to contribute less to tuition costs than indicated on the financial aid award letter. If you fall under this category, and have had a significant change in income status due to the pandemic or other contributing factors, you don’t have to just accept the award as it. The award letter is just an offer. You can accept, decline, or appeal any part of the financial aid award.


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Topics: College Financial Aid, Financial Aid Award Letters

Scholarship Searches - Do's & Don'ts

Mar 4, 2021 2:00:00 PM


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Topics: Scholarships, College Financial Aid, College Planning, Parents and College Planning

Work-Study: What It Is and Isn't

Feb 24, 2021 11:41:42 AM


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Topics: College Financial Aid, College Planning, Parents and College Planning, FAFSA

Filing the FAFSA - It's really not that hard

Jan 20, 2021 3:25:40 PM


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Topics: College Financial Aid, College Planning, Parents and College Planning, FAFSA

Being Your Own Boss and the Importance of Self-Discipline in College

Jan 7, 2021 1:54:04 PM

Gone are the days when your parents told you when it was time to wake up, do your homework, clean your room, or do your laundry. College is the time when you are transitioning from being a teenager to a real adult (liberating and scary, I know)!

In order to be successful, self discipline is essential. When you don't have anyone telling you what to do, it can be very difficult to turn down a sporting event or party so you can write a paper or study. But without self-discipline, you could find yourself falling behind on your school work which can be difficult to recover from.

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Topics: Borrowing for College

Filing FAFSA when divorced or having special circumstances

Nov 25, 2020 10:30:00 AM

Understanding the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) may seem like a challenge at first. Once you add the complexity of a special circumstance or  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 experiencing this state of affairs and most likely you won't be the last. Here are a  few examples of special circumstances and how to handle them when completing the FAFSA.  

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Topics: College Financial Aid