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3 Myths About Internships

Feb 15, 2019 11:35:00 AM

One thing we love about internship programs is that it is beneficial for both the employer and the intern! An employer gets some extra help around the office, and the intern gets to apply their classroom knowledge. Interns who are completing an internship should focus on honing their skills and ability to network with other professional.


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Topics: College Internships, Jobs

It's #FAFSAszn

Feb 6, 2019 12:56:57 PM

To increase the completion rate of critical college financial aid forms, particularly from high school seniors in historically underrepresented urban schools, the Rhode Island Student Loan Authority (RISLA) and its College Planning Center today launched a comprehensive grassroots campaign aimed at getting more financial aid to students interested in attending college.

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

Notice to Those Affected by the Government Shutdown

Jan 16, 2019 10:37:00 AM

The Rhode Island Student Loan Authority (RISLA) announced today that it has suspended repayment of college loans for federal employees currently not being paid, including military personnel, throughout the duration of the government shutdown.

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Topics: Student Loan Repayment

Does Working While in College Hurt Grades?

Nov 26, 2018 1:20:00 PM

Research conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that students who work less than twenty hours per week have a higher GPA than non-working students. Due to the rising costs of college and declining affordability, working while in college is necessary for many students as they use this income to support themselves financially while being away from home. The more students earn while in college, the less they will have to borrow  to pay for school and working while in school also helps students learn to keep themselves organized, manage their time, and understand how to prioritize.

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Topics: College Planning, Money Management, College Life

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

Federal Student Aid Rundown - What you can get by filing the FAFSA

Oct 26, 2018 10:53:00 AM

Many college-bound students and their families have fallen for the dangerous myth: "I won't qualify for aid so I'm not going to apply." The reality is, everyone should file the FAFSA, even if they think they may not qualify. The FAFSA is absolutely free to fill out and it can give families money to help cover the rising cost of college. Below is a quick rundown of what you could be eligible for by filing the FAFSA.
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Topics: College Financial Aid, College Planning, Financial Education for Students, Parents and College Planning

Creating your FSA ID

Oct 22, 2018 2:02:00 PM

Don't leave free money on the table!!

October 1 has come and gone, which means it's time to fill out the FAFSA for the 2019/20 academic year! Creating an FSA ID is the very first step to take in applying for financial aid. An FSA ID is a username and password that allows students and parents to access federal student aid systems and "sign" the FAFSA online. Both the parent and student need one in order to file the FAFSA. For a run down of common FSA ID mistakes to avoid, check out the video below!

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Topics: College Financial Aid, College Planning, FAFSA

RI College Planning Resource Rundown

Oct 18, 2018 11:29:00 AM

Approximately 20 million students choose to attend a post-secondary institution every year.  Many students and their families struggle with where to start in the college planning process. Figuring out which schools might be a good fit, which career path to take, and how to pay for college are just a few of the many things that worry families. Rhode Island might be a small state, but it has a large amount of free resources available to help Rhode Islander's plan for college.

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Topics: College Planning, Parents and College Planning, career planning

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