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    President Obama Proposes Cuts in Aid Programs to Preserve Pell Grant

    President Obama is proposing to cut some student aid programs to maintain the maximum Pell Grant at $5,550 in 2011-12 as part of the FY2012 federal budget request. This comes after the House Republican leadership proposed cutting the maximum Pell Grant by $845 on Friday. The Pell Grant program has a $20 billion funding shortfall due to large increases in the ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: -1000
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    Scholarship and Grant Tips for Nontraditional Students

    Scholarship and Grant Tips for Nontraditional Students
    Like many nontraditional students, I found the process of returning to school intimidating. Worries hung over my head. How would I pay my bills? Support my family? Pay my tuition? It was those questions that drove me to begin my own scholarship hunt. I used FastWeb, asked friends and kept my eyes open. Yet when I found scholarships I was eligible ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +125
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    PLUS Loans: A Loan Just for Parents (and Grad Students Too)

    Parents of college students face added financial pressure. The federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) loan can alleviate some of that pressure. The PLUS is a loan for parents and family members to help cover the education costs for dependent college students. PLUS loans cover up to the total cost of undergraduate education not already covered by financial aid for ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +24
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    Economy Causes Panic over Paying for School

    Economy Causes Panic over Paying for School
    This year more than ever, the economy is making it more difficult for families to pay for college. The number of financial aid applications is up more than 10% over last year. Lenders are suspending loan programs and tightening credit standards. Families are concerned -- really concerned -- about obtaining loans and paying for college. Add in the possibility of job ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +78
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    Limit Total Student Loan Debt to Less Than $10,000 per Year to Avoid Overborrowing

    I have twin daughters going to college in the fall. The annual tab (for both girls) after scholarships will be $58,000 in loans per year for four years. We have saved $47,000 for the first year and anticipate being able to save about $12,000 per year to apply towards payments over the three remaining years. This leaves us looking for loans ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +24
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    President Obama Proposes Capping Student Loan Payments at 10% of Discretionary Income

    President Obama Proposes Capping Student Loan Payments at 10% of Discretionary Income
    President Obama proposes to cap student loan payments at 10% of discretionary income as part of a package of proposals outlined by the White House Task Force on Middle Class Families on January 25, 2010. Debt would also be forgiven after 20 years in repayment. This proposal would enhance the income-based repayment plan which was enacted by Congress as part of ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +150
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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 2012-2013 academic year is $22,261 and at a four-year private school, it’s $43,289— yet ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +18
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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 about 6 years ago | Rated: +51
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    Save Thousands on Your Student Loan Repayment. Take Action July 1st.

    Save Thousands on Your Student Loan Repayment.  Take Action July 1st.
    On July 1st, borrowers who have federal loans with a variable interest rate will be able to take advantage of some of the lowest interest rates in the history of student loan programs through loan consolidation. Borrowers who consolidate will not only save themselves a lot of hassle but a great deal of money as well. The new interest rates will ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +105
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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 debt. For example, seven out of ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +19
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    Obama Promises to Show Students the Money

    Obama Promises to Show Students the Money
    Stephanie Stevenson’s parents always encouraged her to pursue higher education, saying it would not only make her a better person but a better citizen. Stevenson has taken this to heart by achieving high grades at the University of Maryland and plans to gain a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Urban Planning. Today, at a White House Press Conference on Higher Education, ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +437
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    Student Tips: Financial Aid

    Student Tips: Financial Aid
    We asked FastWeb members to pass along their advice on financial aid, based on their personal experiences. Here's what they said: "It is NOT your school's responsibility to keep track of your account, it's yours! If you think that something is not right about your financial aid, check it out. Even if the school's mistake seems to be favoring you, you ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +33
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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 about 4 years ago | Rated: +17
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    Will Delaying a Bankruptcy Filing Affect Eligibility for Student Aid?

    My son is a senior in high school this year. I might have to file for bankruptcy. Should I file this year or wait until next year to file? — Rich N. Filing for bankruptcy will affect your eligibility for the Parent PLUS loan and your ability to cosign or borrow a private student loan. It will not otherwise affect your ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: +12
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    Grads to Get a Break on Student Loan Payments

    Grads to Get a Break on Student Loan Payments
    If you're struggling to make your monthly student loan payments on your measly first-job salary, you're not alone. The good news is, the government is taking notice -- and changing the game to make sure monthly payments don't cripple college grads. Even better, whatever you haven't paid off after 25 years may be forgiven. With this new option, instead of calculating ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +253
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    Dropping Out Means Paying Back Financial Aid

    As if there weren't enough reasons not to drop out of school, the Department of Education has provided yet another. Students who drop out of college are required to pay back a portion of their federal-aid funds such as the Pell Grant. Even though many educators and college officials feel that students may be reluctant to accept financial aid and attend ...
    Published almost 2 years ago | Rated: +17
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    Survey Says: Financial Considerations Affecting College Choices

    Sallie Mae and Gallup just released the results of a survey of how American families pay for college. The survey found that families are becoming more cost conscious in their college choices. Nevertheless, the majority of families still see college as a necessary and worthwhile investment in their children's future. Students from higher income families were more likely to enroll at ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Congress Proposes Overhaul of Federal Student Loan and Grant Programs

    Congress Proposes Overhaul of Federal Student Loan and Grant Programs
    The US House of Representatives is considering legislation to overhaul the federal education loan and grant programs. The Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009, nicknamed SAFRA, will increase funding for federal student aid programs and simplify the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. These changes will implement several of President Obama's campaign promises. Switch to 100% Direct Lending Starting ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +204
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    Solutions for Borrowers Who are Having Trouble Repaying Education Loans

    Solutions for Borrowers Who are Having Trouble Repaying Education Loans
    There are many options for repayment relief for borrowers who are having trouble repaying their education loans. These include deferments and forbearances that suspend the monthly payment obligation, alternate repayment plans that reduce the monthly payments by increasing the loan term, and forgiveness and discharge programs that cancel the loans entirely. Which options are appropriate for you depends in part on ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +8
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    Financial Aid Glossary

    Academic Year: The period in which school is in session - typically September through May. Accrual Date: The date on which interest charges on an educational loan begin to accrue. Adjusted Available Income: The remaining income after taxes and a basic living allowance have been subtracted (in the Federal Methodology). Assets: Cash in checking and savings accounts, trusts, stocks, bonds, other ...
    Published almost 2 years ago | Rated: +24
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