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RI College Planning Resource Rundown

Oct 18, 2018 11:29:00 AM

Approximately 20 million students choose to attend a post-secondary institution every year.  Many students and their families struggle with where to start in the college planning process. Figuring out which schools might be a good fit, which career path to take, and how to pay for college are just a few of the many things that worry families. Rhode Island might be a small state, but it has a large amount of free resources available to help Rhode Islander's plan for college.

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Topics: Parents and College Planning, College Planning, career planning

News Release: Attention Students - The FAFSA is live! Be sure to fill it out!

Oct 18, 2018 10:09:58 AM

Filing the FAFSA can qualify Rhode Islanders for financial aid for college; Free assistance is available to help families apply for aid

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Topics: FAFSA

NCAA & College Athletics

Oct 16, 2018 10:16:00 AM

Have you been playing sports for as long as you can remember? Has it been your dream to play sports in college? Collegiate sports provide opportunities to learn, compete, and succeed. Student-athletes receive academic support, medical care, and access to outstanding coaching, facilities, and equipment. Plus, student-athletes tend to graduate at higher rates than the general student body and feel better prepared for life after college.

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Topics: College Planning

Should I send schools my SAT scores?

Oct 10, 2018 11:33:00 AM

Test optional.  Test Flexible. Test Blind.  Over the past few years, many colleges have made changes in how your standardized test scores (SAT/ACT) play a role in their admission decision.  What do these different terms mean for you as you plan to complete your college applications?

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Topics: SAT & ACT, College Planning

Announcing 2018 FAFSA Completion Events

Oct 5, 2018 9:35:23 AM

The RISLA College Planning Center will once again be hosting FAFSA Completion Events across the state of Rhode Island to help students, parents, and adult learners with completing the FAFSA. The FAFSA, formally known as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is the first step to applying for college financial aid. All schools uses this application for awarding federal student aid dollars and many also use it for awarding their own institutional funds. 

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Topics: FAFSA, College Financial Aid

Fun Facts: Roger Williams University

Oct 4, 2018 8:53:00 AM

College Kickoff week is over, but we still have some fun facts to share about Rhode Island's colleges and universities to help you with planning for college. Here are some fun facts provided by Roger Williams University! 

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Topics: College Planning

Can you take out student loans for living expenses?

Sep 27, 2018 2:54:00 PM

The cost of college tuition, fees, room, and board can put a financial strain on pretty much any family budget. But college costs are not limited to those you have to pay directly to the school. Living expenses - like off-campus housing, gasoline, travel expenses, food, and other miscellaneous costs - can easily add up to thousands of dollars.

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Topics: student loans

Income-Driven Repayment: Pros & Cons

Sep 24, 2018 12:05:00 PM

If you are a cash-strapped graduate or parent, you can see the obvious temptation of getting on an income-driven repayment plan. There are certainly benefits to taking this strategy, but also some reasons why you should think twice. Below, we have outlined the biggest pros and cons of signing up for an income-driven repayment plan on your student loans. 

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Topics: refinancing, Student Loan Repayment

Fun Facts: URI

Sep 21, 2018 7:12:00 AM

It's College Kickoff week and we will be highlighting some fun facts about many of Rhode Island's colleges and universities this week to help you with planning for college. Here are some fun facts provided by University of Rhode Island, RI's flagship university. 

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Topics: College Planning

Fun Facts: Salve

Sep 20, 2018 3:31:00 PM

It's College Kickoff week and we will be highlighting some fun facts about many of Rhode Island's colleges and universities this week to help you with planning for college. Here are some fun facts provided by Salve Regina University, a school located on the beautiful coast of Newport, RI. 

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Topics: College Planning