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Should you refinance your PLUS Loans?

Aug 31, 2018 8:57:00 AM

Today's low interest rates provide opportunity for many PLUS loan borrowers to reduce their rate and save thousands on interest charges.

PLUS loans are one of many options available to parents who need to bridge the gap between the amount of financial aid received and the total cost of college. The PLUS loan often provides a path of little resistance, since there is only a basic credit check and no documentation required. But it doesn't offer the same low rates and wide array of benefits that you see on the Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized loan programs. Once you enter repayment, you may be wondering if you can do better. If that is you, it may be time to consider refinancing

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Topics: refinancing

15 Ways To Avoid Internship Burnout

Aug 28, 2018 10:24:34 AM

When you are a productive employee, feelings of accomplishment can bring serious satisfaction. Meeting all the deadlines, introducing new ideas, and mastering the craft can make you feel like you are at the top of your game as an intern. Keeping up with your classes, family, and social life can be a huge endeavor that keeps you just as busy as your internship. In order to keep things in perspective, you have to be practical about your ever growing list of demands so that you don't have one big crash. Here are fifteen ways for you to avoid internship burnout and instead let it be the great career planning tool it is.

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Topics: career planning, College Internships

9th Annual College Fair at McCoy Stadium

Aug 28, 2018 10:24:00 AM

For years, the RISLA College Planning Center has teamed up with the Pawtucket Red Sox to host one of the largest college fairs in all of New England! This year will be the 9th year that the CPC, the Pawtucket Red Sox, B101, and Coast 93.3 have worked together to host this event for college bound students and their families!

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Topics: College Planning, Parents and College Planning

Top 10 Interview Mistakes to Avoid

Aug 20, 2018 10:54:00 AM

The most exciting and terrifying moment of your career can be the call back for an interview. Interviews of any nature can seem nerve wracking; especially when it’s for an internship or job. Acing your interview is a crucial component on the road to success. In order to feel confident during your interview, you need to know what mistakes to avoid. Here are the top ten internship interview mistakes to watch out for.

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Topics: career planning

Student Loans: How to Pick Your Lender

Aug 14, 2018 2:44:33 PM

There are so many decisions to make during the college planning process; it's easy to get overwhelmed. By the time you need to finance your own or your child's education, you may have reached decision fatigue. All too often, decision fatigue leads to inaction, analysis paralysis, or a hastily-made choice - none of which are likely to result in the best of outcomes. 

Choosing your student loan lender is a big deal. This is an organization you are likely to work with over the next 5 - 20 years of your life. Conventional wisdom may inspire you to simply compare rates, choose the lowest, and get the whole process over with quickly. Or maybe you just plan to go to your bank to keep all of your finances in one place. But there can be some major differences in the rates, fees, level of service, and benefits student loan providers offer, so doing a more thorough comparison is a wise move.

Don't be one of the many borrowers filled with regret about their choice of lender. We've put together the below guide to help you select a student loan provider that you'll be happy with. It may take a little bit more of your time, but it will be well worth your effort in the long run. 

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Topics: Borrowing for College, student loans

10 Best Things to Pack for College

Aug 6, 2018 3:33:00 PM

Not too long ago, I was getting ready to head off to college and I remember struggling with what to pack and what to leave behind. You may think that you're going to need all 4 seasons worth of clothing and those shoes that you only wear once a year. But the reality is, you never use everything that you bring to college with you! It's time to narrow down your packing list and only bring the necessities! I've come up with the 10 best things that I brought to college and that you should bring too.

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Topics: College Planning

College Planning Tips for August

Aug 1, 2018 10:42:00 AM

August is considered the "kick-off" month for applying to colleges because the Common Application is released the first of the month. Senior year is a busy time and it is extremely important that you stay organized so you can successfully navigate the college admissions process. This means it is time to get all your ducks in a row and come up with a solid plan for applying to colleges

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Topics: College Planning