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Lindie Johnson

Lindie Johnson has been working in college planning and education financing for a decade. She is a graduate of Brown University and believes that students and parents can empower themselves with access to great content on college planning and college borrowing.

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Why Volunteering Matters

Apr 23, 2021 2:30:00 PM

People choose to volunteer for a multitude of reasons. For some, it gives them a chance to give back to the community or improve the lives of people around them. But others volunteer because they are looking to gain skills and connect with like-minded people. Regardless of the reason, volunteering can do more for you than you may realize.

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Topics: career planning

College Courses Future Employers Will Love

Apr 9, 2021 9:47:56 AM

For new grads, employment hinges on just a few variables. What type of work experience do you have and what have you learned on the job? What interests you and why are you approaching the employer about the opportunity? And then, the great divider for entry level applicants: how did you perform academically?

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Topics: College Internships, Post-Graduate Employment

How to Appeal Your Financial Aid Award

Mar 25, 2021 9:47:10 AM

The good news is in! Your child received his or her acceptance letter(s).  Next, what you were waiting for - the college financial aid award letter. Lots of parents are surprised to see what the school offered and sometimes were expecting to contribute less to tuition costs than indicated on the financial aid award letter. If you fall under this category, and have had a significant change in income status due to the pandemic or other contributing factors, you don’t have to just accept the award as it. The award letter is just an offer. You can accept, decline, or appeal any part of the financial aid award.

 

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Topics: College Financial Aid, Financial Aid Award Letters

Filing FAFSA when divorced or having special circumstances

Nov 25, 2020 10:30:00 AM

Understanding the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) may seem like a challenge at first. Once you add the complexity of a special circumstance or  divorce, completing the FAFSA may feel like a down right headache.

Although your situation may seem like receiving financial aid is impossible, don't let it stop you from putting your best foot forward. You are not the only person experiencing this state of affairs and most likely you won't be the last. Here are a  few examples of special circumstances and how to handle them when completing the FAFSA.  

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Topics: College Financial Aid

Filing the FAFSA Application

Oct 1, 2019 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

5 Problems with your personal brand

Nov 13, 2018 1:58:00 PM

Even the most savvy job-hunters are likely to make some mistakes as they start to build and manage their personal brands. Here are some of the most common ways that students fail to successfully portray themselves online - and how you can avoid these branding faux pas.

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Topics: Adulting!, career planning

Student loan repayment: How to prepare

Nov 5, 2018 1:50:00 PM

It happens to all of us who borrowed for college: notifications from lenders that your student loan payments will soon be due. It's time to craft a plan of attack. 

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Topics: Student Loan Repayment, refinancing

News Release: The FAFSA is live! Be sure to fill it out!

Oct 18, 2018 10:09:58 AM

Filing the FAFSA can qualify Rhode Islanders for financial aid for college; Free assistance is available to help families apply for aid

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Topics: FAFSA

Announcing 2018 FAFSA Completion Events

Oct 5, 2018 9:35:23 AM

The RISLA College Planning Center will once again be hosting FAFSA Completion Events across the state of Rhode Island to help students, parents, and adult learners with completing the FAFSA. The FAFSA, formally known as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is the first step to applying for college financial aid. All schools uses this application for awarding federal student aid dollars and many also use it for awarding their own institutional funds. 

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Topics: College Financial Aid, FAFSA

Fun Facts: Roger Williams University

Oct 4, 2018 8:53:00 AM

College Kickoff week is over, but we still have some fun facts to share about Rhode Island's colleges and universities to help you with planning for college. Here are some fun facts provided by Roger Williams University! 

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Topics: College Planning