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Can Refinancing Your Student Loans Save You Money?

Jan 10, 2020 1:15:00 PM

Yes, refinancing student loans can save you money.  “Can” being the operative word.  Several factors can make refinancing great for some folks and not the best solution for others.  Refinancing student loans can accomplish different goals for different people and in some cases more than one goal can be achieved depending on the individual circumstances.  We have outlined three common goals our customers have conveyed.

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Topics: Student Loan Repayment, refinancing, Money Management

College Planning Tips for January

Jan 1, 2020 11:00:00 AM

As winter vacation and the holidays come to an end, it is time to get back on track when it comes to college planning. January tends to be a slower month for both high school juniors and seniors, resulting in an easy transition back into school mode. But don't let the month pass you by. Be proactive and take the next steps to build a successful future. Stay on track with these timelines and tips.

 College Planning Timeline for Juniors [Infographic] | College Planning Timeline for Seniors [Infographic]

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Topics: College Planning

Holiday Break To Do List

Dec 23, 2019 2:00:00 PM

Not the traditional list of shopping, wrapping gifts, baking traditional treats and preparations for winter break get-a-way. This is more of a reminder list to take advantage of some downtown over the holidays to be sure everything is on track for college planning. We’ve put together a quick list for both Seniors and Juniors.

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Topics: College Planning, SAT & ACT, Parents and College Planning, Applying for Aid, FAFSA

Financial Aid 101 - The Highlights

Dec 5, 2019 1:00:00 PM

'Tis the season to talk financial aid and the experts from our College Planning Center have been talking about financial aid with students and families, one-on-one, as well as in group presentations at local high schools almost daily since September and are still going strong.

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Topics: College Financial Aid, Financial Education for Students, Parents and College Planning, Applying for Aid

EFC: How Much Will You be Expected to Pay for College?

Nov 22, 2019 12:30:00 PM

EFC is the acronym for Expected Family Contribution, which answers the question, how much will college cost my family? This is not an easy figure to arrive at, without knowing the factors and figures needed for the formula, but with the help of our EFC Calculator we can walk you through this step-by-step in just a few minutes so you can arrive at an early estimate before receiving your award package.

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Topics: College Financial Aid, College Planning, Applying for Aid, FAFSA

FAFSA Help is Here

Nov 7, 2019 1:30:00 PM

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 use this application for awarding federal student aid dollars and many also use it for awarding their own institutional funds. EVERYONE should complete a FAFSA to be considered for financial aid.

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

CSS Profile - What is that and why do I need to know about it?

Oct 24, 2019 1:15:00 PM

In simplest terms, the CSS Profile form is an additional requirement for many private schools when applying for financial aid. The CSS Profile administered by the College Board is required by about 400 colleges and universities to determine aid eligibility for non-government financial aid. Click here to see if your school requires a CSS Profile and be sure to check the school’s deadline.

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

8 Need to Know FAFSA Facts

Oct 10, 2019 1:30:00 PM

It's time to start applying for financial aid for college. Which means, FAFSA season is here and can be overwhelming to many. So, let’s break this down into the basic need to know facts one-by-one.

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

Filing the FAFSA Application

Oct 1, 2019 3:19:00 PM

FAFSA, FAFSA, FAFSA! If you are applying to college next year, you have likely heard way too much of this acronym. The FAFSA, or the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is your gateway to college financial aid. You may be sick of hearing about it, but now is the time to put the FAFSA to work in your favor. 

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Topics: College Financial Aid

Introducing RISLA's Knowledge for College Scholarships

Oct 1, 2019 11:57:12 AM

Did you know that nationally unused grant and aid money averages $________ per year? (Answer at end of post)

A. Over $1 Million

B. Over $50 Million

C. Over $2 Billion

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Topics: Scholarships for High School Students, College Planning, Parents and College Planning, News