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Student Loan Refinancing: How to Pick Your Lender

Jan 31, 2018 11:55:00 AM

You've decided student loan refinancing is the right course of action for you. Maybe you are sick of your high interest rates, or juggling 4 bills a month from different lenders, or you want a lower monthly payment. Whatever the reason, you've done your research on what student loan refinancing is, understand the pros and cons, and have decided to take the leap.

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Topics: refinancing

College Financial Aid: Gift Aid vs Self Help Aid

Jan 22, 2018 2:10:32 PM

For the longest time, I thought the phrase "never LOOK a gift-horse in the mouth," was "never LICK a gift-horse in the mouth." Yuck, I wondered, why would anyone do that?! Does that even require such a warning? It turns out that looking at the teeth of a horse someone gifted to you is bad manners. 

Whether you are looking or licking (please, don't lick!), it's a bad idea when it comes to financial aid. Don't question free money for college, no matter the amount. Be grateful for any amount that reduces what you need to borrow. Here, we will explain the differences between gift aid and self-help aid for college. 

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Topics: College Financial Aid

Families Can Receive Free Help Applying for College Financial Aid at Local High Schools

Jan 12, 2018 2:19:53 PM

The RISLA College Planning Center is happy to announce that in addition to its two permanent locations in Warwick and Cumberland, Rhode Islanders will have access to free college planning services at local high schools throughout Rhode Island this winter. Throughout January and February, RISLA College Planning Center counselors will be traveling across the state in an effort to make filing the FAFSA and CSS Profile easier for college-bound students and their families.

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Topics: College Financial Aid

Career Planning: Getting Your First Job [Infographic]

Jan 12, 2018 2:16:00 PM

Preparing yourself to enter the work force is no easy task, which is why we've created this handy infographic with tips that can help you get your first job. The idea of going out into the real world on your own can be overwhelming. You might feel like you don't have the right skills for jobs you're applying for or that you just don't interview well. Whether your looking to gain experience to enhance your resume or are looking for tips to fine tune your interviewing skills, we've got you covered.

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Topics: Adulting!, Jobs, Post-Graduate Employment

10 Job Interview Questions and How to Answer Them

Jan 10, 2018 12:00:00 AM

As your job or internship interview approaches, you may begin to feel an abundance of emotions ranging from excitement to anxiety. Being prepared can help you settle your emotions and get on your game face. After you have prepared the perfect outfit, done a test run to the facility, and brushed up on your handshake (no one likes a limp handshake!), it’s now time to delve deeper into the interview process. It’s a good idea to anticipate what the interviewer will ask you so that you won’t be caught off guard. Here are ten common questions to help you prepare.

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Topics: College Internships, Jobs, career planning

4 Reasons Why Applying for Local Scholarships Is Worth It

Jan 9, 2018 2:40:55 PM

Local scholarships are one of the best ways to hack away at your tuition bill. Why you ask? Because it's free money that doesn't need to be repaid and there are usually no strings attached! Scholarships are much like grants in that they don't need to be repaid, but they sometimes have requirements you must meet in order to win them, or you may be required to send in a separate application for the scholarship. If the scholarship is awarded by the school itself, you may need to get your admission application materials in earlier than normal to be considered. 

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Topics: Scholarships for High School Students

College Planning Tips for January

Jan 5, 2018 2:15:00 PM

As winter vacation and the holidays come to an end, it is time to get back on track when it comes to college planning. January tends to be a slower month for both high school juniors and seniors, resulting in an easy transition back into school mode. But don't let the month pass you by. Be proactive and take the next steps to build a successful future. Stay on track with these timelines and tips.

 College Planning Timeline for Juniors [Infographic] | College Planning Timeline for Seniors [Infographic]

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Topics: College Planning

Reducing your monthly expenses by refinancing: a good idea?

Jan 2, 2018 12:03:00 PM

In life, nothing is guaranteed. Oftentimes things change, and your student loan payments may just be one of those things. Recent increases to variable interest rates, after a very long period of staying static, have left many student loan borrowers in a state of shock. When rates increase, so do monthly payments on variable rate loans, and after sitting at historical lows for nearly a decade, market rates have been on the rise these past two years.

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Topics: refinancing, Student Loan Repayment