Refinancing vs. Consolidation: What's the Difference?

Oct 26, 2017 2:03:00 PM

If you have graduated from college and you have student loans, you are not alone. Studies show that about 70% of college grads have student debt in their name. If you fall into this majority, you are probably already counting down the days until you are student-debt free.

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Topics: refinancing

Applying for Financial Aid is Well Worth the Effort!

Oct 24, 2017 2:48:00 PM

One of the biggest mistakes college bound students and their families make is that they don't apply for financial aid because they don't think they will qualify. But we have got news for you: EVERYONE should apply for financial aid for college.  If you think your family makes too much money or somehow doesn't fit the "financially needy" persona, you still could be eligible to receive aid. Use every opportunity you can to get funds to pay for college. You have nothing to lose by submitting an application!

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Topics: College Financial Aid, Applying for Aid

Bristol Location of College Planning Center Closing

Oct 24, 2017 11:52:00 AM

We regret to announce that the branch of the College Planning Center located at 576 Metacom Ave in Bristol, RI will be permanently closing on December 31, 2017. The Warwick and Cumberland offices will remain open and you will still be able to receive the same great in person college planning guidance at either of those location. We understand that this may not be as convenient for some of you, so please stay tuned for information on how you can get free in person help from the College Planning Center in the East Bay after Dec 31. 

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Are we relying too much on tech for college planning?

Oct 20, 2017 1:55:00 PM

After I graduated from college, I decided it was time to leave New England and explore. I moved to Atlanta, a city I had never visited before, and got lost on new roads and found myself as an adult. It was before smart phones, before Yelp, and before the GPS. In the 14 years since I journied to Atlanta, technology has changed life in so many ways. I wonder how my experience there would have been different had I methodically chosen everywhere I ate, drove, and hung out based on technology. Who wouldn't I have met? What fabulous hole-in-the-wall restaurants would I have never stumbled upon? What experiences would I have missed out on? 

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Topics: College Planning

Preparing for a College Interview

Oct 16, 2017 5:53:00 AM

Are you preparing for a college interview or are you on the fence about setting up a college interview?

College interviews tend to cause students a tremendous amount of stress, but remember it's just another chance to get yourself in front of someone who represents the college and who holds weight in admissions decisions. Having an interview is the best way to show your interest in attending the college, so take advantage and let your personality shine through! Start by trying to find something in common with your interviewer. Once you find a common ground, it's usually easier to talk to someone you don't know.

Now, let us help you crush your interview!

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Topics: college interview, preparing for a college interview, questions in a college interview

Why college internships are beneficial to all students [Infographic]

Oct 12, 2017 7:36:00 PM

If you are thinking of forgoing a college internship before you graduate, you may want to think again. Internships provide great real-world experience to students and help supplement material learned in the classroom. And if that is not enough to get you started on your internship search, consider this - internships make you more desirable to employers. The knowledge you gain helps you develop your skills and even teaches you how to succeed in the professional world, traits employers look for in future hires.

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Topics: College Internships

7 Tips for Writing a College Essay

Oct 6, 2017 8:48:00 AM

Oh... the dreaded college essay. You may be thinking, "what in the world am I going to write about?" or "I can't mess this up because this is my only chance of getting into college!"

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Topics: College Essays

Managing your money like an adult [Infographic]

Oct 3, 2017 11:11:00 AM

You've recently graduated from college. Congratulations! Over the past four years, you have grown into an adult, and now you are ready to set out on your own. That means it is time to start adulting! And what better way to start adulting than by getting your finances under control?!

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College Planning Tips for October

Oct 1, 2017 8:45:00 AM

Fall is here and so are corn mazes, pumpkin spiced lattes and apple flavored desserts. Don't get too caught up in all of the fall fun though; it's time to get serious about applying to college!

Not sure what you should be doing for the month of October? You've come to the right place to help keep you on track.

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Topics: College Planning, Parents and College Planning