The Best College Planning Advice from High School Guidance Counselors

Mar 22, 2018 4:24:25 PM

If you are a high school student - or parent of one - college is likely on your mind. We regularly give advice about best college planning practices through the lens of the RISLA College Planning Center. But this month, we had the rare opportunity of gathering most of Rhode Island's high school guidance counselors in a single room, and we wanted to take advantage of that! Below, we have outlined five of today's most pressing college planning questions, rounded up the best answers from our state's school counselors, and aggregated some common themes to help you on your journey to college.

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Topics: College Planning, Parents and College Planning

How to Compare Student Loans

Mar 14, 2018 2:47:00 PM

Student loans are one way through which many students make their career dreams come true. But, as with any loan, you have to pay them back with interest. That is why you need to borrow wisely and get the best deal with the best terms possible. Here are some parameters you can use while comparing student loan options:

How to Compare Student Loans

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Topics: Borrowing for College

College Planning Tips for March

Mar 1, 2018 3:00:00 PM

Spring is only three weeks away and you can finally take a deep breath as you are almost halfway done with the semester! Spring is a time to focus on summer employment, courses for fall semester, and your academics. It may seem like you have a long time until summer vacation, but don't let the long weekends and school vacations pass you by. Take all the opportunities you can to work towards improving your future. Students looking to stay on track should take advantage of these tips!

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Topics: College Planning

Northern RI College Planning Center Moving to New Location

Feb 27, 2018 3:08:52 PM

We are excited to announce that effective March 5, 2018, the RISLA College Planning Center currently located at the Boys & Girls Club of Cumberland-Lincoln will be moving to a new location at 652 George Washington Highway in Lincoln, RI.

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

Saving for Education is Simplified in 2018

Feb 26, 2018 11:03:00 AM

By Invite Education

The recent tax bill expands 529 savings plans to include expenses for elementary and secondary education. And, the annual gift tax exclusion has increased. This is big news for education savers – no matter how much you are saving!

Congress wanted to make it easier to save for education. Traditionally, 529 plans have been used to cover college costs only, making 529 savings plans the go-to option to save for college for many families.

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Topics: College Financial Aid, Financial Education for Students

Student Loan Repayment Strategies [Infographic]

Feb 20, 2018 11:59:00 AM

Paying off your student loan debt can be a daunting task. Are you stressed about how you're going to make your monthly payments in addition to other bills and responsibilities? Take a look at our student loan repayment strategies infographic and see what may work best for you and your budget. Keep in mind that not every strategy will apply to everyone, but each option is worth looking into!

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Topics: Student Loan Repayment, refinancing

Filing Your FAFSA [Video]

Feb 13, 2018 1:18:18 PM

Need some help filing your FAFSA? This video, created by the Office of Governor Gina M. Raimondo, features three RISLA College Planning Center counselors, and walks you through the process, from creating an FSA ID all the way through submission.

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College Planning: Resumes for High School Students

Feb 8, 2018 3:02:00 PM

Resumes aren't only for those searching for a job. Resumes can be useful for high school students prepping for a college interview or they can give it to teachers who are writing them a letter of recommendation. If you're looking for a way to showcase your education, jobs, skills, activities, and awards a resume will be your best bet! 

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Topics: College Planning, preparing for a college interview

College Planning Tips for February

Feb 2, 2018 11:04:00 AM

February is here and we can't help but wonder how we are already here. One month into the new year. If you are like most of us, you probably set a New Year's resolution or two to improve your life. Have you stayed on track when it comes to your New Year's resolution? Maybe you wanted to workout three times a week or you wanted to come up with a new strategy for studying. Regardless of your resolution, it's important to keep your goals in sight, your motivation high, and resolve to follow through.

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Topics: College Planning

Student Loan Refinancing: How to Pick Your Lender

Jan 31, 2018 11:55:00 AM

You've decided student loan refinancing is the right course of action for you. Maybe you are sick of your high interest rates, or juggling 4 bills a month from different lenders, or you want a lower monthly payment. Whatever the reason, you've done your research on what student loan refinancing is, understand the pros and cons, and have decided to take the leap.

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Topics: refinancing