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

Should you appeal your financial aid award?

Posted by Lindie Johnson on Mar 7, 2017 9:17:28 AM

Financial aid awards aren’t written in stone. They are designed by the school to meet your needs while balancing the needs of other students, and sometimes they aren’t what you had hoped for. But never fear, if you feel like you need more aid to make a school work for your family budget, you can always try to appeal the award. It doesn't always work, but if you have good reason and documents to support your request, schools are usually willing to take a second look.

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Topics: College Financial Aid, Financial Aid Award Letters, College Planning

How College Savings Affect Financial Aid

Posted by Lindie Johnson on Feb 20, 2017 1:02:55 PM

Among the more common misconceptions about financial aid is this long-standing belief: financial aid is determined by income.

Unfortunately for many families planning for college expenses, financial aid depends on much more than just parental income. Eligibility is also determined by how much families have saved for education, among other factors. Here’s how it works.

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Topics: College Financial Aid

Things college students shouldn't spend money on

Posted by Lindie Johnson on Feb 11, 2017 9:09:00 AM

If you’re working to save money or develop a budget, the first (and ultimately, most important!) piece of advice is this: stop spending! Easier said than done, right?

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Topics: Financial Education for Students, refinancing

Are You Embarrassed By Your Personal Finance Skills? Here’s What To Do

Posted by Lindie Johnson on Feb 7, 2017 11:36:00 AM

First of all, give yourself a break. Most students – and yes, most working professionals too – have very little practical understanding of personal finance. American schools often don’t teach personal finance skills and responsibility, so most of us are left to our own devices to learn the ins and outs of credit use, borrowing, and debt.

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Topics: Borrowing for College, Financial Education for Students

If/Then Approach to Paying Off Student Loans

Posted by Lindie Johnson on Feb 2, 2017 6:55:00 AM

It’s all well and good to talk about ideal scenarios when it comes to paying off your student loans. You’ll graduate, you’ll start repayment on a plan that works perfectly with your income and budget, and you’ll chip away at your debt consistently and aggressively until your loans are paid off or forgiven.

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Topics: Student Loan Repayment, refinancing

How to make money on campus

Posted by Lindie Johnson on Jan 30, 2017 11:10:00 AM

Sure, everyone’s happy to remind you that college should be the best time of your life. But what they don’t seem to remember as fondly is the more or less constant financial restriction and stress that comes with it. College students are, let’s face it, a broke bunch.

There are plenty of ways to make money amidst the pressures of a busy schedule while continuing to prioritize academics at the same time. Here are some of our favorites.

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Topics: College Internships

How to be happy at college

Posted by Lindie Johnson on Jan 26, 2017 3:59:00 PM

"This is the best time of your life."

It’s a comment tossed off by well-meaning older folks, and one that’s usually accompanied by a sigh of nostalgia. Most people look back fondly on their college days, and want to impart that sense of freedom and possibility to the students they know and love. But it isn’t really that simple, is it? Being young and being in college doesn’t automatically generate a carefree sense of wonderment about the world – it’s just that after a few decades, most people tend to forget the tough stuff that went along with all those “best times.”

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Topics: College Planning