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    Top 10 Tips for Financial Aid

    Top 10 Tips for Financial Aid
    Financial aid is not easily understood, but fortunately for you, there are plenty of experts that can provide helpful tips and tricks for navigating the process. Here are just a few: Tip 1: Prioritize your efforts, starting with the federal government. Then turn to the private sector for additional assistance. Visit FinAid.org to learn about all your funding opportunities. Tip 2: ...
    Published 2 days ago | Rated: +176
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    The Procrastinator's Guide to Financial Aid

    The Procrastinator's Guide to Financial Aid
    When it comes to financial aid, late is often too late. Funds for next year are already allotted, and your school simply has nothing more to give. But don't give up until you consider these options: Step 1: Check out your school's Web site. Many sites provide information about the school's late applicant policies, additional suggestions for late applicants and links ...
    Published 7 days ago | Rated: +7
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    College Just Got Cheaper: Federal Loan Interest Rates Drop

    College Just Got Cheaper: Federal Loan Interest Rates Drop
    If you plan to borrow to pay for school during the 2015 – 2016 school year, there’s good news ahead. The cost to borrow just got cheaper. New Stafford loans will have an interest rate of 4.29% and will save about $117 in interest over the life of a $5,500 loan, as stated by The Washington Post. Graduate students will receive ...
    Published 7 days ago | Rated: +10
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    9 Ways to Pay Off Student Debt

    9 Ways to Pay Off Student Debt
    Do you feel like you’re drowning in debt? Many students feel like they’re never going to get out of the debt cycle. In fact, according to an annual Project on Student Debt report released in March 2014 from the Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS), “Seven in 10 college seniors (71%) who graduated last year had student loan debt, with ...
    Published 12 days ago | Rated: +33
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    FAFSA Deadline Approaching!

    FAFSA Deadline Approaching!
    The FAFSA – a seemingly never-ending form that seems to pry into every detail of your family’s financial history and circumstances. But if you want financial aid to help you through college, it’s the price you have to pay. Just like the form, however, the deadlines for the FAFSA can be a confusing matter as well. Every student needs to be ...
    Published 13 days ago | Rated: +28
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    Bridge the Financial Aid Gap

    Bridge the Financial Aid Gap
    For many college-bound students the anticipation of higher education is overshadowed by financial anxieties. With tuition rising faster than financial aid dollars, more students are finding gaps in their financial aid packages. The gap appears when the student’s expected family contribution (EFC) plus the school’s financial aid package don’t equal the cost of attendance. This gap appears as unmet need on ...
    Published 14 days ago | Rated: +19
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    Borrowing for College: How Much is Too Much?

    Borrowing for College: How Much is Too Much?
    Too much of a good thing can be bad, as Shakespeare demonstrated, and the axiom is true of student borrowing for college. Students may believe it is difficult enough worrying about the big exam next week or whom to take to the spring dance. Yet students must stretch themselves and imagine a much greater consequence, years into the future, when they ...
    Published 14 days ago | Rated: +21
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    Choosing an Education Loan

    Choosing an Education Loan
    Most families evaluate education loans based mainly on cash flow considerations: • How much money can you get to pay for college costs and/or living expenses? • How much are the monthly payments? • When do the payments start and when do they end? • What is the total cost of the loan (total payments over the life of the loan)? ...
    Published 14 days ago | Rated: +8
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    Guide to Student Loans

    Guide to Student Loans
    Sometimes, the hardest thing about college or graduate school is paying for it. Scholarships, grants and work-study can help, but to fill the financial aid gap, most students will need to take out loans. There are a number of loan programs available. To pick the best one for you, check out all your options: Stafford Loans Stafford Loans are low-interest loans, ...
    Published 14 days ago | Rated: +14
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    How Can I Fill the Gap Between Financial Aid and My Ability to Pay?

    How Can I Fill the Gap Between Financial Aid and My Ability to Pay?
    I’m a soon-to-be college freshman. My tuition is close to $40,000 but financial aid only covers $19,000. My mother is a single parent making only $18,000 a year and I was wondering if there are any other options I can get besides loans that financial aid can help me with. — D.V. Something doesn’t add up. The amount of financial aid ...
    Published 14 days ago | Rated: +18
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    How to Choose the Best Education Loans

    How to Choose the Best Education Loans
    With the new Obama tuition plan do you now have to go through FAFSA to get a loan? Is it better to take a loan out in my child’s name or take a parent PLUS loan? — Michelle A. All federal education loans are now made through the Direct Loan program. This includes federal student loans, such as the subsidized and ...
    Published 14 days ago | Rated: +11
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    Loans 101: the Basics of Borrowing

    Loans 101: the Basics of Borrowing
    If you're a current or future college student, chances are good that you're considering a student loan. Before you make any decisions, it pays to understand the basic principles behind borrowing. All loans consist of three components: The interest rate, security component and term. The Interest Rate The interest rate is the lender's charge for the use of their money. The ...
    Published 15 days ago | Rated: +51
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    Student Loan Glossary

    Student Loan Glossary
    To fully understand your student lending options, it's helpful to review to language used within most loan terms and agreements. After all, how can you agree to anything without knowing what the terms you're agreeing to actually mean? It certainly helps to understand some basic loan terms, many of which you'll find them scattered throughout loan materials and in conversations with ...
    Published 16 days ago | Rated: +30
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    Making Smarter Student Loan Decisions

    Making Smarter Student Loan Decisions
    It’s no secret that college is getting more expensive by the minute. For instance, the cost of education at a university rose from 23 to 38 percent between 2001 and 2010. That’s a huge climb! In attempts to make college possible, many students take out student loans in pursuit of their higher education. While an investment in education is one of ...
    Published 16 days ago | Rated: +35
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    3 Tips to Appeal Financial Aid Packages

    3 Tips to Appeal Financial Aid Packages
    By now, you’ve made your final college decision, but you may still have questions about how to pay that tuition bill once it’s time. Fortunately, there are options for students and families who may not be able to afford the education that they once thought possible. Financial aid administrators are able to change their initial financial aid offer through an appeals ...
    Published 27 days ago | Rated: +10
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    Don’t Miss Out on These 5 Financial Aid Options

    Don’t Miss Out on These 5 Financial Aid Options
    If you feel like you’re in the dark about financial aid, you’re not alone. It’s not something that students and families typically think of until it’s time to start searching for colleges, which in most cases is the junior year of high school. Once the college search begins, so does the financial aid research. Throughout the process, you will learn a ...
    Published about 1 month ago | Rated: +11
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    President Obama Signs Student Aid Bill of Rights

    President Obama Signs Student Aid Bill of Rights
    The difficulties of student loan repayment have been an integral part of the dialogue surrounding paying for school in recent years. College graduates began slipping under payments long before the recession, but the tough economic times only exacerbated the struggle, making it more of a common occurrence than an anomaly. Fortunately, the economy is healthier; however, the state of student loan ...
    Published 2 months ago | Rated: +11
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    Will Financial Aid Cover a Double Major?

    Will Financial Aid Cover a Double Major?
    Please help me out with a question. I am majoring in finance. I am thinking about pursuing a double-major in finance and real estate. I will have to take only 6 more classes than what I am supposed to take for my finance major. Will my financial aid cover the extra classes? — Jeffrey P. As noted in a previous Ask ...
    Published 3 months ago | Rated: +6
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    How to Deal if Your Parents Won't Pay

    How to Deal if Your Parents Won't Pay
    Unfortunately, federal aid isn't distributed on whether or not your parents want to pay for your education; it all depends on if they can. Parents have many reasons for not contributing to their child's education: can't afford it; it's the child's responsibility; sticky divorce. But your parents refusal actually hurts you more than they may know. Regardless of your parents' reasons, ...
    Published 3 months ago | Rated: +31
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    15 Financial Aid Questions You Need to Ask

    15 Financial Aid Questions You Need to Ask
    1. What types of financial aid do you offer? What are the requirements for need-based aid and for merit-based aid? 2. How much debt do students have when they graduate? What percentage of students graduate with debt? 3. If I get a work-study job, how many hours will I be required to work per week? Are part-time jobs available to students ...
    Published 3 months ago | Rated: +44
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