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How Much Financial Aid Can You Get?

Dec 26, 2014 7:00:00 AM

At the College Planning Center, we often hear the same question from parents and students: "How much
financial aid can I get?" 

The sticker price on a college education is much higher than most families can pay out of pocket. But fortunately, there are billions of dollars in financial aid available each year that are awarded to help make college more affordable. So, how do you get your piece of the pie and how do you know how big that piece will be? 

How much financial aid you get comes down to two things:

  1. How much you are eligible for
  2. Where you go to college
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Topics: College Financial Aid

Ways to stay on top of student loan payments

Dec 17, 2014 9:28:44 AM

Once you have achieved your goals of graduating college and pursuing a fulfilling career, the last thing you want to deal with is the stress of poorly managed student loan debt. 

Your personal expenses alone can seem daunting. When you add a student loan payment that you haven't thoroughly accounted for, you may be headed for financial disaster. Managing your student loan debt is not an insurmountable task. Avoiding to deal with your student loan debt will not fix the problem. Face the problem head on. Here are some options to help you stay on top of student loan payments so that you can enjoy life in your new career.  

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Topics: Student Loan Repayment

How to apply for financial aid in RI

Dec 11, 2014 2:02:00 PM

When it's time to send your child off to college, it's hard to avoid the possible strain the costs will put on your finances. Despite the fact that it may seem laborious to pay for your child's education, never let it be a deterrent. There are ways to obtain the help you need to fulfill the dream of sending your child to college. You need to know the necessary steps to obtain financial aid in your area. Here is a look at how to apply for financial aid in RI.  

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Topics: College Financial Aid

Financial Education: creating a college student budget

Dec 6, 2014 6:00:00 AM

Poor money management in the early years of adult life can wreak havoc on credit causing high interest rates and higher insurance premiums in the long run. Many graduates face debt problems from their college days that may take years to recover from. Unwise spending can cost a lot more than the balance on the bill. Don't let your child fall into bad spending and borrowing habits that could get them into trouble. 

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Topics: Borrowing for College, Financial Education for Students

5 things to check on your universal college application

Dec 1, 2014 9:03:00 AM

Filling out a college application is one of the most highly anticipated moments of your young adult life.  After four years of building your high school profile for your college application, it's time to see how all of the hard work pays off.  To make the application process easier, there is a universal college application called the Common Application that allows students to apply to more than one school simultaneously.  This method provides you with more time to focus on the quality of one application as opposed to several different applications.  Here are five things to double check before you send off your Common Application. 

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Topics: College Planning