Financial Aid Eligibility: How do You Qualify?

Jan 29, 2015 1:03:00 PM

Understanding how financial aid works can seem a bit difficult when you are a newcomer to the system. How do I apply? Where do I begin?  What will I need to apply? Among the many questions you may have, a crucial part of the process that will affect exactly how much college financial aid you will get is your eligibility.

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Topics: College Financial Aid

How to handle special circumstances & divorce on the FAFSA

Jan 15, 2015 10:30:00 AM

Understanding the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) may seem like a challenge at first. Once you add the hassle of a special circumstance or even a normal one such as divorce, completing the FAFSA may feel like a down right headache.

Although your situation may seem like receiving financial aid is impossible, don't let it stop you from putting your best foot forward. You are not the only person in these state of affairs and most likely you won't be the last. Here are few examples of special circumstances and how to handle them when completing the FAFSA.  

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Topics: College Financial Aid

5 worst pieces of advice we've heard about finding scholarships in RI

Jan 7, 2015 3:00:00 PM

If you are concerned about how you will pay for college, you may have begun to look into various scholarships in RI. At first glance, it may seem as though there is no funding available for the average high school senior.  However, there are plenty of scholarships available - for every kind of student - that may take some time to locate and apply for. The key is to not get discouraged and listen to bad advice.  

Here are five of the worst pieces of advice we've heard about finding scholarships in Rhode Island. And if you are interested, here are some additional tips to make your search a success

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Topics: Scholarships, College Financial Aid

College Planning: Scholarships for High School Seniors

Jan 2, 2015 10:17:00 AM

When you think of scholarships, you automatically think of snerdy brainiacs and excepional athletes.  Although being chosen for a scholarship or grant is a great honor, your child doesn't have to be the valedictorian of their class or olympic-ready to receive help to pay for college. If you are worried about accumulating large debt to send your child to college, it's imperative that you seek out all of your options. Believe it or not, there is free money out there for average high school students to claim for college. Here are some tips on how to find scholarships and grants that can help reduce your college debt load.

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Topics: College Financial Aid, College Planning, Borrowing for College