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Making a college enrollment decision

Apr 28, 2015 7:30:00 AM

Now that the college acceptance letters are pouring in, the waiting game is over. Getting accepted to college is a great honor that generates lots of excitement. However, once you come down from cloud nine, it's time to make some serious decisions.  Here are some tips on how to make the right college enrollment decision.

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

How to compare student loan options

Apr 22, 2015 7:00:00 PM

If you are in need of a loan for college, it is important that you understand how to compare your options in order to get the best deal for your family. 

Students typically should borrow Federal Direct Subsidized and/or Unsubsidized Loans before seeking a loan elsewhere. These loans have low fixed rates and the most flexible repayment options on the market. If your family applied for financial aid, these loans would have been included in the student's financial aid award letter. 

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Topics: Borrowing for College

Borrowing for college: Federal PLUS Loan Profile

Apr 16, 2015 8:30:00 AM

When it's time to borrow money for your child's college education, the loan jargon can easily throw you for a loop. With so many different types of loans out there, it can be hard to decipher what will work best for you. The key is to arm yourself with knowledge about the ins and outs of each different type of loan before borrowing for college. Here is an inside look at the Federal PLUS Loan, a loan for parents of undergraduate students.

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Topics: College Financial Aid, Borrowing for College, Student Loan Repayment

The real cost of student credit cards

Apr 9, 2015 4:00:00 PM

The idea of a credit card seems too good to be true to many young adults. To the financially uneducated, student credit cards may even seem like free money and a way to provide instant gratification. On the other hand, those who are armed with financial knowledge know that credit cards can become a horrible financial trap if used improperly. It is extremely important for students to learn about proper credit card use early to avoid bad decisions and financial ruin. Here is some basic information about credit cards and how students can be wise in their use.

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Topics: Financial Education for Students