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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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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: Attention Students - 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

Can you take out student loans for living expenses?

Sep 27, 2018 2:54:00 PM

The cost of college tuition, fees, room, and board can put a financial strain on pretty much any family budget. But college costs are not limited to those you have to pay directly to the school. Living expenses - like off-campus housing, gasoline, travel expenses, food, and other miscellaneous costs - can easily add up to thousands of dollars.

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Topics: student loans

Income-Driven Repayment: Pros & Cons

Sep 24, 2018 12:05:00 PM

If you are a cash-strapped graduate or parent, you can see the obvious temptation of getting on an income-driven repayment plan. There are certainly benefits to taking this strategy, but also some reasons why you should think twice. Below, we have outlined the biggest pros and cons of signing up for an income-driven repayment plan on your student loans. 

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Topics: Student Loan Repayment, refinancing

Fun Facts: URI

Sep 21, 2018 7:12:00 AM

It's College Kickoff week and we will be highlighting some fun facts about many of Rhode Island's colleges and universities this week to help you with planning for college. Here are some fun facts provided by University of Rhode Island, RI's flagship university. 

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Topics: College Planning

Fun Facts: Salve

Sep 20, 2018 3:31:00 PM

It's College Kickoff week and we will be highlighting some fun facts about many of Rhode Island's colleges and universities this week to help you with planning for college. Here are some fun facts provided by Salve Regina University, a school located on the beautiful coast of Newport, RI. 

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Topics: College Planning