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What You Need to Know About your Federal Loan Servicer, Now! and Why!

Nov 18, 2021 11:30:00 AM

Change is on the horizon for many borrowers in repayment on their federal student loans.  Here are some helpful tips to help you prepare for the federal loan servicer changes.

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Topics: Student Loan Repayment, refinancing, News, Money Management, student loans

What’s New with PSLF? Public Service Loan Forgiveness

Oct 28, 2021 10:28:26 AM

Student loan forgiveness has certainly had no shortage of attention in the news given the pandemic and several legislative proposals. But what we know to date is that the Department of Education has issued the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Limited Waiver Opportunity, effective October 6, 2021.

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Topics: Student Loan Repayment, student loans

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

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