Alyssa Pascarella

Alyssa is recent graduate of Salve Regina University and eager to help other students navigate the path of college planning, financing aid and internships. She began working at RISLA as an intern while a college student and joined us full time the summer of 2017.

Recent Posts

Common Application Tips & Reminders

Sep 28, 2020 10:30:00 AM

Don’t let the thought of completing your college applications stress you out. Think about it as an opportunity to write about what you know best, better than anyone, YOU! You’re the expert on you and this should be easy right? Right, but it must be noted that time and effort are required for the best outcome.

College is a huge next step in your young life and if you are like most students, you are probably putting a tremendous amount of weight on your college applications to get you accepted to your top choices of schools. 

Ideally, students should apply to 4-8 schools. One or two of these may be considered "reach" schools - that is schools which are difficult for you to get into. A few should also be schools that you are pretty sure you will be admitted. The remainder fall somewhere in between.  However, all schools on your list should be schools you will be happy at. 

If you are in the midst of applying to colleges, this isn't likely the first time you have heard about the Common Application. The Common App is widely accepted at over 900 schools. However, one important thing to keep in mind is that you should not tailor your college list to schools that only accept the Common Application, just to make the process easier on yourself. Attending a college that is not the right fit for you in lieu of filling out a few extra forms will be more stressful in the end!

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Topics: College Planning

RISLA Ranked in Top 3 Student Loan Lenders in 2020 by Forbes Advisor

Aug 20, 2020 11:32:00 AM

At RISLA, we have some exciting news to share with our community. Last week, Forbes Advisor ranked RISLA in the Top 3 of the Best Private Student Loan Lenders for 2020.

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Topics: Borrowing for College, refinancing, student loans

Comparing Student Loan Options - Wisely

Jul 23, 2020 1:12:29 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. 


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Topics: Borrowing for College

How Tuition Payment Plans Can Reduce Borrowing Need

Jul 9, 2020 1:35:00 PM

If you’re headed back to school in the fall or are already enrolled at a college or university, it’s time to start thinking about how you might pay for the upcoming semester. Do scholarships and grants alone cover your tuition? Or do you need to borrow money for college to fill in the financial gap? One option that is almost always available is a payment plan. This could be a good option for you and your family.

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Topics: College Planning, Borrowing for College, Parents and College Planning

What You Need to Know Before You Borrow for College

Jun 11, 2020 11:30:00 AM

Remember to limit the amount you borrow! For every dollar you borrow, you will have to pay back more than that dollar with interest.

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Topics: College Planning, Borrowing for College, Parents and College Planning

Low Student Loan Rates Now Available for 2020/2021

May 29, 2020 1:14:15 PM

Moving Onward and Upward for the 20/21 Academic Year

What a year 2020 has been to date with so many changes and unknowns now a part of our daily lives due to the coronavirus pandemic.  But one thing that hasn’t changed is needing options to help pay for college.  

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Topics: College Planning, Borrowing for College, Parents and College Planning

Advice From Admissions

May 15, 2020 12:30:00 PM

For our fourth and final week of “Inquiring Minds  - What Students Want to Know”, we wanted to share that we know everyone is overwhelmed with how Coronavirus has changed our lives today and probably into the future.

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Topics: College Planning, News

Admissions Deadlines and Deposits Flexibility

Apr 30, 2020 4:10:06 PM

Welcome back to week two of “Inquiring Minds - What Students Want to Know"

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Topics: College Planning, News

What Incoming College Freshmen Students Want to Know

Apr 23, 2020 11:15:00 AM

Welcome to our new short series:  Inquiring Student Minds Want to Know.  We have reached out to several of the schools we work with  to learn what students are asking about in this unprecedented time known as the Coronavirus Pandemic.  We will feature one question per week and the most popular responses for 4 weeks.  We hope you find this information calming and helpful.

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Topics: College Planning, News

7 Ways to be More Efficient Learning from Home

Mar 25, 2020 11:01:57 AM

A few weeks ago, a lot of students began to attend school online because of the coronavirus. This is a big change that has been affecting all different types of students all over the globe indefinitely. Adapting to remote learning isn't always easy when you're used to being in the classroom. We hope some of our tips will help you maximize your learning at home during this time!
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Topics: College Planning, Borrowing for College, Parents and College Planning