Jodi Anderson

Recent Posts

FAFSA and Financial Aid Myths

Oct 7, 2021 1:28:13 PM


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Topics: College Financial Aid, College Planning, Applying for Aid, FAFSA

What do Student Loan Repayment and the Jeopardy Game Have in Common?

Sep 20, 2021 2:11:56 PM

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Topics: Financial Education for Students, Student Loan Repayment, refinancing

What to Consider When Considering a Parent Loan to Help Fund Education Expenses

Aug 5, 2021 10:28:56 AM

Parents have choices when it comes to borrowing for college. Outlined below are details for you to consider when researching parent loans, as not all parent loans are created equal. When looking at your parent loan choices, consider the following for your family and financial situation as to which may be the right parent loan for you.
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Topics: Borrowing for College, Parents and College Planning, student loans

6 Ways to Get Your Tuition Bill Paid

Jul 8, 2021 9:20:00 AM

Many students and families cannot write out just one check in order to pay the tuition bill in full for each college semester.  If that’s the case, you may want to try satisfying that bill with smaller amounts from various sources to give you a sustainable and repeatable strategy for each semester going forward to pay for college, while also trying to reduce long term debt.

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RISLA’s 2021/2022 Student Loans Rates Now Available!

Jun 1, 2021 2:31:58 PM

The “new normal”.  Hopefully the new normal includes seeing many more students, safely back on campus, enjoying the higher education journey. With that being said, we are happy to announce that this year, RISLA is offering our lowest student loan rates in our history of offering non-federal, private student loans for students attending school.

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

How Has Admission Criteria Changed Since the Pandemic?

Sep 9, 2020 3:45:00 PM

The answer is, it hasn't really changed much at all. Except that since the pandemic, the trend of schools making SAT and ACT test scores optional has increased.  However important to note, if you have the opportunity to take these tests and you believe your scores will help in the decision process, by all means send them along as part of your application process. After all anything that reflects on your academic achievements is worth highlighting to the schools you are interested in.

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Topics: College Planning

How will the SAT & ACT cancellations affect admissions requirements?

May 7, 2020 2:19:00 PM

Week 3 of “What Inquiring Student Minds Want to Know” is for those preparing for acceptance in 2021. 
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Topics: College Planning, SAT & ACT, Parents and College Planning

A Smart Scholarship Search Strategy for RI Students

Mar 5, 2020 3:52:43 PM

Didn’t get as much merit or financial aid as you were hoping for and want to decrease the out of pocket expense coming due this summer on you college tuition bill?  SCHOLARSHIPS!

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Topics: Scholarships, Money Management, Applying for Aid

Does Paying Your Loans While in School Make Sense?

Feb 20, 2020 11:03:00 AM

Sounds like a crazy theory, right? I bet your thinking “If I had the money, I wouldn’t have needed a loan!” Well, let’s break it down a bit and it may not be that crazy after all. Just paying back a little could make a big difference.

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Topics: Student Loan Repayment, student loans

Can Refinancing Your Student Loans Save You Money?

Jan 10, 2020 1:15:00 PM

Yes, refinancing student loans can save you money.  “Can” being the operative word.  Several factors can make refinancing great for some folks and not the best solution for others.  Refinancing student loans can accomplish different goals for different people and in some cases more than one goal can be achieved depending on the individual circumstances.  We have outlined three common goals our customers have conveyed.

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Topics: Student Loan Repayment, refinancing, Money Management