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RISLA's Top 10 Blogs of 2017

Dec 29, 2017 12:36:00 PM

This year alone we published over 90 blogs, but these 10 blogs really stuck out. We've covered almost everything college related, from discussing loan options to the very first steps of college planning. Save the blogs you love and share the ones that you think others need to see!

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

Money tips for College Graduates: Pay Yourself First

Dec 26, 2017 3:03:00 PM

As a new college grad, saving any money may seem like a far-off pipe-dream. We are here to tell you that saving is possible for just about anyone. Saving takes diligence - and sometimes means making sacrifices - but a little bit can go a long way in helping you reach your goals. 

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Topics: Financial Education for Students, refinancing

College Planning: Choosing High School Courses Wisely

Dec 21, 2017 12:28:00 PM

Deciding to go to college is a big decision and deciding where to go is an even bigger task! But before you start thinking about college, it's important that you're taking the right classes to help you get into the college of your choosing. Start the college planning process by choosing high school courses wisely. Choices, even as early as middle school, can affect the course trajectory you are on - which could impact where you ultimately get accepted or what program you study in college. Why? Transcripts tend to be one of the most important documents in a student's admissions application.

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Topics: College Planning

Filing the FAFSA Application

Dec 18, 2017 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

Winter Budget Bites... Meals for College Students

Dec 14, 2017 10:33:00 AM

Ahh... Winter. The best time of year to use the slow cooker, eat soups, and make comfort foods that remind you of home! These meals are budget friendly and are simple for college students and recent grads to prepare. As a recent graduate and current graduate student myself I know how difficult it is to resist the urge of eating out. Between a full-time job and class, I want to grab and go, but my budget just simply doesn't allow for me to eat out 7 days a week.

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Topics: College Life

College Life: Should I Be an RA?

Dec 11, 2017 4:30:00 PM

College students tend to be busy people and becoming an RA is like taking on a "full-time" position. But if you want to be a resource for other students or be a campus leader being an RA can be a very rewarding experience. The job requires countless hours, sleepless nights, and commitment. So if you're not ready to make a large commitment or are in it solely for the money... this is not the job for you!

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Topics: College Dorm Rooms, Jobs, College Life

College Planning Timeline for Juniors [Infographic]

Dec 7, 2017 3:12:00 PM

As a high school junior (or the parent of one!), you probably have a lot going on: schoolwork, sports and possibly even a job. On top of all of that, it's time to start thinking about college!

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Topics: College Planning

College Internships: How to Keep Your Interns Busy

Dec 5, 2017 11:41:00 AM

An intern is a tricky animal. Not quite an employee, interns are part benefit and part major responsibility for the employers who take them on.

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Topics: College Internships

College Planning Tips for December

Dec 4, 2017 4:04:00 PM

The holidays are quickly approaching which means it won't be long before it's time to hit the slopes and make snow angels. Thankfully, December is a low key month in  for many students terms of college planning and college applications, but that doesn't mean you can slack off. Both Seniors and Juniors have things they can be doing in order to be prepared for the next step. Being proactive and getting ahead will save you the frustration and stress of struggling to meet deadlines in the future.

We've gathered the most important college planning tips for the month of December to help you stay on track.

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Topics: Scholarships for High School Students, College Planning