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    How to Evaluate Financial Aid Award Letters with Missing Tuition and Grant Information

    We have a dilemma here. My son has been accepted by five colleges: four public colleges and one private college. The private school is the only one that is showing us the "sticker price." The rest, while they have sent aid packages, are not firm on what their fees are for the upcoming fall semester or academic year. The deadline to ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +19
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    The Horrors of Defaulting on Education Debt

    The Horrors of Defaulting on Education Debt
    This is a cautionary tale of the consequences of defaulting on education debt, based on the experiences of seven borrowers of federal and private student loans. The stories are all true, but names and inconsequential details have been changed to protect the borrowers. Education debt is a necessary evil. Most students graduate from college with student loan debt. The bottom line ...
    Published 2 months ago | Rated: +19
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    State-Based Tuition Breaks

    You may already know about federal aid for college, but did you know your state could help out as well? Most states offer financial incentives to residents as well as awards based on academic merit and financial need. In-state Assistance States have a lot of reasons for offering grants to students who attend in-state colleges and universities. "We want to keep ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +19
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    Help Your Teen Stay Debt Free in College

    Help Your Teen Stay Debt Free in College
    Tom is a graduate student at a Midwestern university completing a major research and writing project on student credit card debt. When Tom was in college, he built up $15,000 of credit card debt because he never learned how to use credit cards responsibly. In some ways, Tom was fortunate. He didn’t suffer many of the consequences of getting into that ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +19
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    Top Twelve Tips for Asking for College Savings Cash

    Top Twelve Tips for Asking for College Savings Cash
    This article lists a dozen tips for asking for college savings cash as an alternative to traditional material gifts. It is a summary of the longer article, How To Ask Friends and Family for Money for a Child's College Savings Plan. 1. The only way to get a cash gift to a child's college savings plan is to ask. If you ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: +19
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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 3 months ago | Rated: +19
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    Changes to the 2012 - 2013 FAFSA

    Changes to the 2012 - 2013 FAFSA
    For many students, January 1 is doomsday. It’s the day the FAFSA application becomes available, triggering an overwhelming sense of dread as students either fill out the FAFSA alone or with their parents. Fortunately, the FAFSA gets easier each year as the Department of Education continues to make improvements to the application system and the designation of federal aid. Before we ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +19
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    Should Parents Transfer College Savings from an UTMA Account to a 529 Plan?

    My twin daughters will be entering college in the fall. We have saved for their college education over the last 17 years. Presently the savings are held in two accounts each: a custodial account under the Uniform Transfer to Minor Act (UTMA) and in a Coverdell Education IRA account. I recently read that in connection with evaluating any possible financial aid ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +19
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    How to Minimize Student Loan Debt

    How to Minimize Student Loan Debt
    Try to avoid overborrowing for your college education. Do not treat loan limits as targets. A good rule of thumb is that your total education debt for your entire college education should be less than your expected starting salary after you graduate. Ideally your student loan debt should be less than half your expected starting salary. Other signs of over-borrowing include ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +18
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    When Student Loans Aren't Enough

    When Student Loans Aren't Enough
    Though federal student loans, such as the Federal Stafford Loan, help many students to attend college, families often find that even the maximum loan amounts are not enough to pay for their education. For instance, the average cost of attendance at a four-year public school for the 2014-2015 academic year is $22,958 and at a four-year private school, it’s $31,231— yet ...
    Published about 1 month ago | Rated: +18
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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 about 4 years ago | Rated: +18
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    Prepare to Pay Even More for School

    Prepare to Pay Even More for School
    Student Loan Interest Rates Set to Skyrocket for 7 Million Students & Counting If Congressional action isn't taken, the interest rates on government subsidized student loans will double to 6.8 percent on July 1st of this year. This change will affect one third of undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Direct Stafford Loans. The high interest rates aren't news to undergraduates ...
    Published about 2 years ago | Rated: +18
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    Debt Worriers

    Debt Worriers
    At this point, it’s old news that student loan rates have doubled. It’s also nothing new to hear that student debt is higher than ever, surpassing $1 trillion. Student loan debt inflicts one out of five Americans over the age of 20; two out of three college seniors (2011). The average amount is nearly $27,000 – not a small amount by ...
    Published about 2 years ago | Rated: +18
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    Congressman Hansen Clarke Proposes Student Loan Relief Legislation

    Congressman Hansen Clarke Proposes Student Loan Relief Legislation
    Rep. Hansen Clarke (D-MI-13) introduced the Student Loan Forgiveness Act of 2012 (H.R. 4170) on March 8, 2012. If enacted, this legislation will provide student loan forgiveness for federal education loans, allow private student loans to be refinanced into federal direct consolidation loans and cap all federal student loan interest rates at 3.4%. This legislation would address some of the calls ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +18
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    How to Include Yourself on Your Teen's FAFSA if You're Enrolled Too

    How should a FAFSA be filled out if I have two children going to college and I am enrolling in a graduate program? When it asks how many are attending college it says do not include parents. How do they know that I am also attending college? — Vicki Y. I am a single parent in college and my daughter is ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +17
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    Total College Debt Now Exceeds Total Credit Card Debt

    Total College Debt Now Exceeds Total Credit Card Debt
    As of June 2010, total student loan debt passed total credit card debt for the first time. According to the Federal Reserve's statistical release, G.19 Consumer Credit, the seasonally adjusted revolving credit totaled $826.5 billion as of June 2010. As much as 98% of revolving credit is credit card debt. Student loan debt outstanding totaled at least $830 billion as of ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +17
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    Figuring College Cost: The Package Deal

    When you want to know what something costs you check the price tag, right? But sometimes it's not so simple. Compare going to a big-ticket school with attending a college with less expensive tuition. You might think it's easy to figure out which will cost you more. But in fact, every school figures out your financial aid package differently. And that ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +17
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    The Recession-ized Loan Guide

    The Recession-ized Loan Guide
    You have to be completely oblivious to not know about the barrage of bailouts by the federal government by now. Unfortunately though, there is no news on a possible student loan bailout. So for now, students need to simply get smart on future loan opportunities. Even though you're already in school, it's not too late to get more help. Federal Student ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +17
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    Choose a Cheaper In-State Public College to Cut College Costs

    I am a 17-year-old high school senior applying to colleges. I wish to apply to certain private institutions where the tuition is over 45K. I am doing my best applying for scholarships, but have not heard back from anyone yet. I do not think that my parents qualify for financial aid, they are upper middle class earners. They cannot afford to ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +17
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    Can E-Books Make Textbooks More Affordable?

    Can E-Books Make Textbooks More Affordable?
    Ebook readers work well for pleasure reading, but need some improvements in usability before they will be able to replace textbooks on a widespread basis. The potential cost-savings are more limited than most people expect. I am an early adopter of technology and gadgetry. I purchased two Sony PRS-500 Readers when they first became available: one for my wife and one ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rated: +17
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