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Financial Aid 101 - The Highlights

Dec 5, 2019 1:00:00 PM

'Tis the season to talk financial aid and the experts from our College Planning Center have been talking about financial aid with students and families, one-on-one, as well as in group presentations at local high schools almost daily since September and are still going strong.

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Topics: College Financial Aid, Financial Education for Students, Parents and College Planning, Applying for Aid

EFC: How Much Will You be Expected to Pay for College?

Nov 22, 2019 12:30:00 PM

EFC is the acronym for Expected Family Contribution, which answers the question, how much will college cost my family? This is not an easy figure to arrive at, without knowing the factors and figures needed for the formula, but with the help of our EFC Calculator we can walk you through this step-by-step in just a few minutes so you can arrive at an early estimate before receiving your award package.

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

FAFSA Help is Here

Nov 7, 2019 1:30:00 PM

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 use this application for awarding federal student aid dollars and many also use it for awarding their own institutional funds. EVERYONE should complete a FAFSA to be considered for financial aid.

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

CSS Profile - What is that and why do I need to know about it?

Oct 24, 2019 1:15:00 PM

In simplest terms, the CSS Profile form is an additional requirement for many private schools when applying for financial aid. The CSS Profile administered by the College Board is required by about 400 colleges and universities to determine aid eligibility for non-government financial aid. Click here to see if your school requires a CSS Profile and be sure to check the school’s deadline.

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Topics: College Financial Aid, College Planning, Parents and College Planning, Applying for Aid

8 Need to Know FAFSA Facts

Oct 10, 2019 1:30:00 PM

FAFSA season is here and can be overwhelming to many. So, let’s break this down into the basic need to know facts one-by-one.

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Topics: College Financial Aid, Parents and College Planning, FAFSA

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

Introducing RISLA's Knowledge for College Scholarships

Oct 1, 2019 11:57:12 AM

Did you know that nationally unused grant and aid money averages $________ per year? (Answer at end of post)

A. Over $1 Million

B. Over $50 Million

C. Over $2 Billion

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Topics: Scholarships for High School Students, College Planning, Parents and College Planning, News

Kickoff to College Season: Let's Get Started!

Sep 20, 2019 1:51:00 PM

Applications, Essays, Financial Aid, OH MY!

How do you get started, you ask? The RISLA College Planning Center, a free service of the non-profit Rhode Island Student Loan Authority (RISLA) will host a series of events through the Fall to help you navigate through college planning and to help spread awareness for Rhode Island students and parents. These events are no cost and open to the public. See a complete list of dates and times throughout the state.

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Topics: Parents and College Planning

Kickoff to College: 10th Annual College Fair

Aug 28, 2019 2:40:00 PM

Great event for High School Seniors, Juniors, Sophomores, & their parents

College Fairs are a great place to kick start the college planning process.  Over 100 colleges and universities will be on site to provide information about their campus and programs. 
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Topics: College Planning, Parents and College Planning

5 Reasons to Refinance Student Loans

Aug 26, 2019 12:33:51 PM

Student loan refinancing is a hot topic in the news these days. Legislators are making proposals to bring refinancing in at the Department of Education, and a day doesn't go by without some big headline about soaring student debt levels. But is refinancing a good idea for everyone? That is a definitive no.

So when does it make sense to do? Here are 5 reasons you may want to consider refinancing your student loans. 

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Topics: Student Loan Repayment, refinancing